Living Hope – 1 Peter

Do you know the pressure of living as a follower of Christ in this world? Pressure to conform – to act, speak and think as our culture does. Peter understands this pressure. He writes to those who are strangers and foreigners in this world, undergoing all kinds of trials and suffering because they follow Christ. And he writes to remind them of who they are – strangers with regard to the world, but precious to the God who called them and set them apart as his very own – his treasured possession. Those who have a Living Hope.

This Living Hope is not wishful thinking, but is solid and certain – based on the historical fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the unchanging nature of God. Because Jesus will never perish, but has new and indestructible life, so those who belong to hime receive an imperishable inheritance. And because God never changes his mind, a believer is unshakeably secure with him.

Peter will outline for us what it means to live as a stranger in this world while belonging to the next. He will help us as we suffer, struggle and sin to look to our saviour and our Hope, and so to keep standing in the true grace of God.

4th Sept1 Peter 1:1-2Under-pressure but Precious
11th Sept1 Peter 1:1-12Living Hope
18th Sept1 Peter 1:13-21Living as those with a Hope (1)
25th Sept1 Peter 1:22-2:3Living as those with Hope (2)
2nd October1 Peter 2:4-10Precious to God
9th October1 Peter 2:11-12Living with Hope in a strange world
16th October1 Peter 2:13-25Submission and Suffering with Hope
23rd October1 Peter 3:1-7Marriage with Hope
30th October1 Peter 3:8-18Suffering with Hope (again)
6th November1 Peter 3:18-22Hope: Christ’s great rescue
13th November1 Peter 4:1-11Suffering & Loving with Hope (like Christ)
20th November1 Peter 4:12-19Suffering with Hope with Christ
27th November1 Peter 5:1-7Communities of Hope
4th December1 Peter 5:8-13Suffering now, restoration later
4th September – 1 Peter 1:1-2 – Under-pressure but precious
11 September – 1 Peter 1:3-12 – Indestructible Hope amidst temporary trials
18th September – 1 Peter 1:13-21 – Living as those with Hope
25 Sept – 1 Peter 1:22-2:3 – Further living with HOPE: Loving & Craving
2nd October – 1 Peter 2:4-10 – On the right side of history: Jesus really is Lord; you really are his representatives
9 October – 1 Peter 2:9-12 – Let your light shine in this world by desiring another world
16 October – 1 Peter 2:13-25 – submission and suffering with hope
30 October – 1 Peter 3.8-18 – how to respond when slandered
6 Nov – 1 Peter 3:18-22 – Why suffer? because you know where you are heading.
13 November – 1 Pet 4:1-11 – Suffering and loving with hope
20 November – 1 Peter 4:12-19 – 6 Reasons to REJOICE in suffering
27 November – 1 Peter 5:1-7 – Shepherd like our Chief Shepherd
4 December – 1 Peter 5.8-14 – Stand Firm!
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