The Christian walk is synonymous with innocent suffering and pain, through which Christ our Lord suffered and died. He left us all an example of how to follow him in this. A Christian’s call to this behavior goes against the grain of his human tendencies: to suffer unjust treatment without retaliation, trusting only that God would be the judge of things ultimately. Jesus lived the sacrificial life to which he calls all his believers. It is a life that leads to the cross, and he has modeled how to live this sacrificial life for us. When we suffer unjustly, we share in a tiny portion of what happened to him. When we are mistreated, we are to turn the other check, bless those who curse us, and return good for evil. We are not to retaliate, not to threaten, not to get even. Jesus showed us how to live, and he showed us how to die. This response is a miracle in itself and is under girded and made possible only by the gift of grace from God.
Text: 1 Peter 2:21-25Sermon Series: Strangers in a Strange Land (1 Peter)
“Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also […]
Text: 1 Peter 2:18-20Sermon Series: Strangers in a Strange Land (1 Peter)
We are to submit to all those in authority over us. As Americans, when we read that we are to submit to the king, we tend to dismiss that thought since we haven’t had a king since 1776. What does Peter mean when he says we are to submit “for the Lord’s sake"? It means that there is a direct connection between the people in authority over us, and God who is the Ultimate Authority.
Text: 1 Peter 2:13-17Sermon Series: Strangers in a Strange Land (1 Peter)
“Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against […]
Text: 1 Peter 2:11-12Sermon Series: Strangers in a Strange Land (1 Peter)
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like […]
Text: 1 Peter 2:4-10Sermon Series: Strangers in a Strange Land (1 Peter)
“Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave […]
Text: 1 Peter 2:1-3Sermon Series: Strangers in a Strange Land (1 Peter)
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which […]
Text: Acts 4:8-12 & 1 Peter 2:4Sermon Series: Easter Sermons