Posts from May 2019

Posts from May 2019

Loving a Savior We’ve Never Seen – 1 Peter 1:8

Though you have not seen him, you love him; though not seeing him now, you believe in him. (1 Peter 1:8) Pastor John’s Notes: The source of faith is love. Even though we have not seen Jesus with our physical eyes, we love him. This is faith. Remember that in the original language of the Bible, faith and belief are the same words. Our belief is based on the testimony of the apostles who were eyewitnesses to Jesus’ life and…

Necessary Trials – 1 Peter 1:6-7

You rejoice in this, even though now for a short time, if necessary, you suffer grief in various trials so that the proven character of your faith—more valuable than gold which, though perishable, is refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:6-7) Pastor John’s Notes: Our faith is precious to God. Faith is God’s gift to us, but it is not a static gift; it needs to be exercised. Jesus…

Guarded by God through Faith – 1 Peter 1:5

You are being guarded by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:5) Pastor John’s Notes: Faith is not self-generated; it is the gift of God. We tend to believe that people’s religious beliefs are merely matters of their own personal preference. But the word for faith in the original language of the Bible carries a greater weight than how it is typically understood in English. The deeper…

Our Inheritance – 1 Peter 1:3-4

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you. (1 Peter 1:3-4) Pastor John’s Notes: One of the main themes of Peter’s letter is hope. The hope that we have in God is quite unlike common worldly hope. Worldly…

Grace and Peace – 1 Peter 1:2b

May grace and peace be multiplied to you. (1 Peter 1:2b) Pastor John’s Notes: Here is a common blessing that believer’s used in greeting one another. Grace and peace are linked together. Grace is offered to us by God through Jesus Christ, who gave his life on the cross for our sins. By receiving him as Savior, we have a grace that covers the whole of our lives. No longer do we need to live by the terms of reward…

The Sanctifying Work of the Spirit – 1 Peter 1:1-2

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ: To those chosen, living as exiles dispersed abroad in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient and to be sprinkled with the blood of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:1-2) Pastor John’s Notes: There are two great works of Jesus Christ. The first is the cross, by which Jesus has made payment for the sin of the…

Dispersed by the Foreknowledge of God – 1 Peter 1:1-2

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ: To those chosen, living as exiles dispersed abroad in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient and to be sprinkled with the blood of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:1-2) Pastor John’s Notes: Peter is writing to believers who are scattered throughout the Roman empire. The regions to which he refers are part of modern-day Turkey. There…

We are Exiles – 1 Peter 1:1-2

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ: To those chosen, living as exiles dispersed abroad in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient and to be sprinkled with the blood of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:1-2) Pastor John’s Notes: As Christians, we are living as exiles in the world. In Biblical history, the word “exile” is packed with historical meaning. In 605 B.C.…

To the Chosen – 1 Peter 1:1-2

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ: To those chosen, living as exiles dispersed abroad in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient and to be sprinkled with the blood of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:1-2) Pastor John’s Notes: Peter is writing to those he refers to as “the chosen.” Where does this term come from and what does it mean? Jesus first…

The Letters of Peter – Peter, an Apostle – 1 Peter 1:1-2

We are blessed to have two letters written by Simon Peter, the disciple whom Jesus set above the others as a leader. It was Simon Peter who first declared Jesus to be the Messiah and Son of God. Jesus declared that he was Peter, which in Greek means, “the rock,” and said that upon that rock he would build his church. We begin with the salutation. Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ: To those chosen, living as exiles dispersed abroad…