As we come to the end of 1 Peter, we find Peter’s call to humility and courage to a suffering church. In this sermon, we find ourselves receiving this twin call that is the secret to Christian courage.
The book of Joshua begins with a calling to Joshua, Moses’s assistant, to bring the people of Israel into the Promised Land. What is the source of his courage in the face of this daunting task?
1 Peter 5 begins with a call to the shepherds of God’s flock – the overseers of the church – to exercise their office not selfishly or in a domineering way, but clothed with the mind of Christ. And in this we find a pattern for all Christians whatever our roles in the church of…
In the midst of Christian suffering, there is an outstanding opportunity for the incontrovertible showing of the grace of God to all around. We resume Peter’s letter to a church on the brink of a fiery trial.
The judgment that came on the people of Canaan is a reminder to us today of the judgment that is to come at the end of the age. And the cry now is of the offer of the kingdom of God and His salvation before it is too late.
The book of Joshua is one that can elicit a negative reaction in our day. It is a book of conquest and war and bloodshed. What does the Bible have to say about it? How does this accord with the nature and character of God?
In the face of a terrible storm of persecution that was coming over the Philippian church, Peter asks the church to rejoice! How are we to understand this seemingly incongruous advice?
2 Timothy ends with Paul’s last bits of advice to Timothy about various enemies of the gospel, and his desire to see his beloved co-worker again. There is much about to learn about the life of the church from the close of this epistle.
Peter has talked at length about the Christian’s attitude to everyday trouble. But now he turns his attention to the ‘fiery trial’ – a terrible storm of persecution that the church at Philippi was to face soon.
We continue where we left off with Paul’s warning to Timothy about the times that were to come.