'Study of 1 Peter' Tagged Posts

'Study of 1 Peter' Tagged Posts

A Living Hope (April 2017)

Is your hope in Jesus as alive as a warm handful of Mexican jumping beans? The apostle Peter identifies the nature of this living hope by outlining how one moves from being called to being chosen, or elect. First, Jesus calls all men to himself. Then, we choose how to respond. Peter identifies this as, “elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience…” (1 Peter 1:2). As Sister Kathryn’s welcome message explains,…

A True Friend of God

There are three kinds of Christians. First, the true friend of God. Second, quid-pro-quo (i.e., “this for that”) followers motivated by selfishness or self interests. Third, those moved by the opinions of others and social demands. A true friend of God sides with Jesus against his own sin. His whole heart wants to honor Jesus. He experiences compassion for all men and deep concern for sinners and their salvation. This drives a spirit of prayer. His concern is so great…

Be Ye Holy!

Are you daily making a conscious decision to be holy? The apostle Peter, writing to Christians, says to gird up the loins of our minds. To mature, and ultimately to be saved, we must gird up our minds by putting away doubt, fear, and temptation and focusing solely on Jesus–His kingdom and His righteousness. Sister Michelle’s welcome message likewise encourages us to resist Nabal (i.e., foolishness) in our lives and focus intently on the will of God!

The Glory of Mother

The glory of a mother is that she never gives up on her kids. Likewise, God predestined a holy church, and He will not give up on her. But, this election is corporate–not individual. Like the children of Israel, we can be called brethren yet reject in unbelief the promises of God for our lives. Will you let God birth you, as a new, holy creature, into his elect church? Our sister Kathryn’s welcome is a wonderful unfolding of Hebrews…

Grave Joy

An encounter with God’s holiness will inspire grave joy in our hearts. Unlike levity, holy joy is sober. It causes us to cry, “Woe is me!” as we see our own uncleanness and God’s holiness. As a result, we cherish the body of Christ and the lost. Instead of biting others, we love them and lay our lives down for them. When we thus encounter God’s holy presence, and it transforms us, we can reach the lost for Jesus. Is…

A Living Hope

Is your hope in Jesus as alive as a warm handful of Mexican jumping beans? The apostle Peter outlines how one moves from being called to being chosen, or elect. This purification process, wrought by the Holy Spirit, involves many piercings that show us our true spiritual condition so that we can repent. Are you every day, every moment, allowing Jesus to rule over you? (Today’s welcome message, by Sister Kathryn, urges us to rejoice in Jesus during these piercing…