Wk 11: Review & Use

1 Peter 1:1-3:22


Over the past 10 weeks, we’ve covered quite a bit of ground.  We’ve seen how the gospel serves as our foundation for obedient living (weeks 1-3, 10), examined the link between our true identities in Christ and our actions (week 4), been given instructions for enduring & responding to suffering & persecution (weeks 5-6, 8-9), and explored some roles in the household (week 7).

Now we will evaluate what we’ve gained from our study up to this point, and some areas in which we may still need to implement truth.

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Wk 10: Christ the Victor

1 Peter 3:18-22


Focused Text: 1 Peter 3:18-22

Many refer to this portion of Scripture as Christus Victor (meaning “Christ the Victor”). This concept focuses on not only Jesus’ substitutionary death on the cross, but also on the cross’ accomplishments especially as seen in His resurrection from the grave. Note how Peter weaves the cross and resurrection events into a beautiful picture of Christus Victor.

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Week 2: Obedient Children

1 Peter 1:13-21

Focused Text: 1 Peter 1:14-19

Too often in our evangelical culture we receive the gospel message without making a clear connection that a certain lifestyle naturally flows from salvation.  We accept the benefits of the cross, but don’t necessarily commit to living in a manner consistent with the gospel.  For the Apostles, there was to be no separation in belief and practice.

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I’d Rather Have Jesus Than…

During the month of July at the Crossing campus, we’ve been studying what the biblical perspective is on money. The teachings of Jesus and the apostle Paul on this important subject have been insightful as we seek to follow Christ and the scriptures.

While driving home last Sunday from Valley Bible Church, two songs came to mind, reminding me that anything the world could offer pales in comparison to the value and worth of Jesus. The first song was the old  favorite, I’d rather have Jesus, composed by George Beverly Shea in 1932. For those of you who haven’t heard of Shea, he was a Canadian-born American gospel singer and hymn composer. He was considered ‘the first international singing star of the gospel world’. Due largely to his solos at Billy Graham Crusades as well as in concerts, he held the Guinness Book of World Records for singing in front of the most people ever, a combined audience of 220 million.

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The tomb is still empty & that is all that matters!

In this stage of my life, I find myself reflecting on my life more than driving through it at warp speed. As I fight my cancer and lean into God for grace and strength, and as I covet the prayers of His people more than ever, I think back to the darkest hours when God was faithful. Some of those dark hours came when I did not yet know Him. Many more have come since I have placed my hope in Jesus. Maybe that is because I am getting older and my memory is probably getting worse, but a large part is due to the mental bookmarks I have made in the process of giving Jesus the glory for those victories.

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Christmas is for JOY

Things that we consider good, significant and important, people and activities of our past remembered as pleasing – all such pieces of our life produce the emotion of JOY. Why? Because God created us to do more than merely exist; he made us to enjoy life, not to robotically function in an emotionally detached way.

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Christmas is for HOPE


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

1 Pet. 1:3-5

Misplaced hope invites disappointment.  When we place our hope in the uncertain, we set ourselves up for failure.  We may place our hope in worldly success (promotions, praise, etc), materialism (possessions), the fulfillment of our desires, or any other number of fleeting, uncertain “riches.”  When these pursuits do not come to fruition, we become upset, disappointed, frustrated, and discouraged.  However, in Jesus we have a better hope – the certainty of which will not disappoint.

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Lord, Make Me Teachable!

For those of you that do not know me, I am always trying to grow in giving grace and trusting God in relational issues. I think I am growing, but I recognize that my own fatal flaws certainly include pride and a need for personal justice. These flaws, of course, will always lead me to bitterness if I don’t catch it early on. Continue reading “Lord, Make Me Teachable!”

Unintentional Sins

Have you ever done something unintentionally? Some act performed or word spoken or thought had that you only later realized had an impact other than what you intended?

Sure you have. And so have I.

While we may have a category for the unintentional, I don’t know that we have a category for unintentional sins. Continue reading “Unintentional Sins”

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