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Wk 9: Defending the Faith

1 Peter 3:13-17

Focused Text: 1 Peter 3:15

Most of us who have been around the church for any length of time have heard this verse quoted on numerous occasions, often without explanation or context.  We treat it as a catchall for any and every situation in which we find ourselves sharing the faith with others.

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Wk 5: Living with Opposition

1 Peter 2:11-17

Focused Text: 1 Peter 2:11-15

As followers of Jesus, we face opposition to our faith.  Sometimes it’s subtle and slightly uncomfortable while other times it’s blatant and seems overwhelming.  We may be tempted to respond in a confrontational matter, or simply conform to the pressure.  Rather than responding to our opponents in either of these ways, Peter gives us some enduring guidelines to follow which will indirectly silence our opponents.  By maintaining an honorable lifestyle (1:11-12) and living in submission to the authorities while seeking the welfare of others (2:13-15), we remove any reasonable basis for our opponents to attack us.

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BLIND FAITH: THE SAME, TIRED, OLD SONG

Have you heard this one before? “Faith is believing in something without evidence.” It’s a terrible little tune but it has somehow become an international anthem; it has given rise to some spin-off songs like the one I heard today on public radio:  “Faith vs. Reason, Superstition vs. Science.”  As Christians, we use words that have specific meaning in the context of God’s self-sharing (revelation) preserved in Scripture. Unfortunately, words like “faith” have a completely different meaning for many who have not yet put their trust in Jesus Christ. And that’s when things get out of tune.

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