Posts from September 2019

Posts from September 2019

Suffering for Doing Good – 1 Peter 3:13-17

This week we will focus on hope in suffering. Everyone has suffered in some fashion, but to suffer for Christ has special meaning. Peter helps us to understand such suffering from God’s perspective and embrace a victorious attitude that will help us overcome. Who then will harm you if you are devoted to what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear or be intimidated, but in your hearts…

The Role of Prayer – 1 Peter 3:12

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do what is evil. (1 Peter 3:12) Pastor John’s Notes: Families are to be places of prayer. Whenever we pray, the Lord not only listens to us but is open to our prayer. The word “open” means that God is already predisposed to give us what we ask for. Furthermore, the statement, “the…

Loving Life – 1 Peter 3:10-11

For the one who wants to love life and to see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit, and let him turn away from evil and do what is good. Let him seek peace and pursue it. (1 Peter 3:10-11) Pastor John’s Notes: The beautiful message here is that we can indeed learn to love life and see good days. Family life can be a good life, and God is always available…

Blessing One Another – 1 Peter 3:9

…not paying back evil for evil or insult for insult but, on the contrary, giving a blessing, since you were called for this, so that you may inherit a blessing. (1 Peter 3:9) Pastor John’s Notes: If we were to distill everything good about family life to its essential components, we would find that grace is one of the key elements. Grace is the act of refraining from judgment or condemnation against another, and showing love and kindness instead. Grace…

Becoming Compassionate – 1 Peter 3:8

Finally, all of you be like-minded and sympathetic, love one another, and be compassionate and humble. (1 Peter 3:8) Pastor John’s Notes: Families thrive on love and compassion, on sympathy and humility. When we show compassion to one another, we can overcome whatever trouble we might face. We lighten each other’s burdens and lift one another up. Life becomes sweet, and we look forward to each new day. Families were designed to be storehouses of spiritual blessing. Conversely, when we…

Advice to Husbands – 1 Peter 3:7

Husbands, in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with a weaker partner, showing them honor as coheirs of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered. (1 Peter 3:7) Pastor John’s Notes: The Book of Genesis tells the story of how Adam and Eve were created as co-rulers over God’s creation. This means that in marriage, God intends husbands and wives to be equal partners. When an important decision is…

Hope for Marriages and Families – Advice to Wives – 1 Peter 3:3-6

Hope for Marriages and Families This week we will focus on hope for marriages and families found in 1 Peter 3:1-12. Peter will begin with specific instructions for wives and then for husbands. Then he will offer the essential attitudes and activities that bind families together according to God’s design.  Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, even if some disobey the word, they may be won over without a word by the way their wives live when…

Submit to Authority – 1 Peter 2:13-17

Submit to every human authority because of the Lord, whether to the emperor as the supreme authority or to governors as those sent out by him to punish those who do what is evil and to praise those who do what is good. For it is God’s will that you silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good. Submit as free people, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but as God’s slaves. Honor everyone. Love the brothers and…

Conducting Ourselves Honorably – 1 Peter 2:12

Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles, so that when they slander you as evildoers, they will observe your good works and will glorify God on the day he visits. (1 Peter 2:12) Pastor John’s Notes: Our witness to the world takes more than mere words. We must demonstrate the truth of the gospel in our actions. In fact, our actions should come first. Even though our behavior might be blameless and our intentions noble, people will still oppose us. Still…

Strangers and Exiles – 1 Peter 2:11

Dear friends, I urge you as strangers and exiles to abstain from sinful desires that wage war against the soul. (1 Peter 2:11) Pastor John’s Notes: As members of the church, the body of Christ, we are to live in a new and different way. We are to become a holy people. Holiness is the word we use to define the character of God, and because we are now the people of God, we are to take on the characteristics…