America’s moral, cultural and societal trajectory is disturbing to many Christians. These changes are particularly worrying when they impact our children. Among other things, parents are forced to have conversations about sexuality, pornography, and identity in a manner and on a timetable we likely would not have chosen. News headlines once reflecting realities “out there” are now openly discussed in elementary school classrooms. In the midst of anxiety and feelings of being overwhelmed, its good to reflect on what is true. When we treasure Gods’ Word—the definitive proclamation about reality—we can be at peace in the storm and give our children the gift of an unshakable and certain hope.
1 Peter 1:22-2:3
Focused Text: 1 Peter 1:22-23
To our detriment, many of us have developed the same mindset about our churches as we have our grocery stores. We often fall into the trap of viewing them as a place we go to “get something” each week. However, this mindset stems from a severely limited understanding of God’s design for the community of the faithful.
Continue reading “Week 3: Love One Another”
1 Peter 1:1-12
Focused Text: 1 Peter 1:3-9
We live in a world of uncertainty. Circumstances constantly change, sometimes for better and other times for worse. However, as believers, Peter reminds us of God’s past, current, and future work in our lives, all of which provides us with a solid foundation for joyful living.
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.