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.
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.
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?
The great glory of God shown in creation is enough to make us gasp in awe. What then of the humility of this glorious Christ in coming down to earth and suffering for the salvation of sinners? And how are we to live in light of the sufferings of Christ?
The Christian’s path is markedly different from that of others. It is walked at the loss of many worldly pleasures, and involves a ‘dying daily.’ But it is a path that bears the footprints of the Saviour. In chapter 4 we have an invitation and command to walk this path, and an example to walk…
Far from only being about ‘pie in the sky’ or the next life, the gospel that is preached is the answer to man’s ultimate question: what is the point of it all? What is the end to which we are to live? The answer cannot be found apart from God, and God cannot be found…
Peter in his epistle reminds Christians of who they are: those who live in the strength that God supplies; and to what end they aim: to glorify God.
In Christ we have salvation for our souls. But with this salvation comes a calling – a calling to walk in holiness and purity, reflecting God who called us.
In the first six verses of this chapter, Peter describes how Christians should behave. But this is not just a series of do’s and don’ts; rather there is a backdrop of God’s graciousness and a memory of his ever-present faithfulness.