Month: August 2016

1 Peter 4:12-5:14

1. There is some literature we assign to younger people that is good for them to read but impossible for them to understand. I think many of Shakespeare’s plays fit this category as well as the book of Ecclesiastes. I might even put Peter’s letters in that category. His letters to the young church are written from the perspective of an older and wiser man who has experienced a great deal of suffer ...[Read More]

1 Peter 4:1-11

After a few weeks in the book of 1 Peter we should have noticed that those to whom this letter was written were in far different circumstances than we are this morning. There are several ways we can read these passages about suffering, persecution and the end of the world. We can read this as history that describes a particular time and place that was real but is no longer the case. It’s a picture ...[Read More]

1 Peter 3:13-22

1. The early Christians saw themselves as living in the days of Noah. The culture was coarse, corrupt and full of violence. “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain…The earth was corrupt and full of v ...[Read More]

1 Peter 3:1-12

1. In the final chapter of John, Jesus tells Peter how he is to die – upside down. In a sense he also lived upside down from what he had been as a young man. The Apostle writing these letters is not the impulsive and proud person we meet in the Gospels. Instead, we see a man seasoned by age, circumstances and the Holy Spirit. Time and again, including the passage this morning, he talks about the v ...[Read More]