"The unfolding of your words gives light ..." (Psalm 119:130a)

Month: January 2021

Keep it Simple

Keep it Simple — 1 Peter 1:22-2:3

Life is complicated. God keeps it simple.

I. Love the people around you. (1:22-25)

  • Love’s mutuality — “love one another” (22)
  • Love’s source — “from a pure heart” & “a sincere brotherly love” (22)
  • Love’s intensity — “earnestly” (22)
  • Love’s origin (23-25)
    • From God’s vantage point — born again through the seed of His Word (22-25)
    • From our vantage point — obedience to the gospel (22)

II. Long for the Word given to you. (2:1-3)

  • The passion — “long for the pure spiritual milk of the word” (2b)
  • The picture — “Like newborn infants” (2a)
  • The pursuit — “that by it you may grow up into salvation” (2c)
  • The pull — “if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good” (3)
  • The price — “So put away all …” (1)

My Spiritual Identity

My Spiritual Identity — 1 Peter 1:1-2

Identity + Validity = Destiny

I. Who am I? — My identity

  • I am chosen by God . . . and therefore rejected by the world. (1a)
  • I am an exile upon the earth . . . and therefore not yet home in God’s presence. (1b)
  • I am scattered into a specific locale . . . and expected to bear fruit. (1c)

II. How did I become this? — My validity (how do I know my identity is valid?)

  • I was foreknown by God the Father. (2a)
  • I was was set apart by God the Spirit. (2b)
  • I was redeemed by God the Son. (2c)

III. Where am I headed? — My destiny

  • I will glorify God through suffering (1:6, 8; 4:14, 16)
  • I will glorify God through salvation (1:5-7; 2:12; 4:13; 5:1, 4, 10)

The Power of Perspective

The Power of Perspective — 1 Peter 1:3-12

I. Consider the magnitude of your salvation. (vv.3-5)

  • You have been given a living hope. (v.3)
  • You have been given an incorruptible inheritance. (vv.4-5)

II. Consider the significance of your trial. (vv.6-9)

  • Your trial purifies your faith in Christ. (v.7)
  • Your trial personalizes your experience of Christ. (vv.8-9)

III. Consider the desirability of your position. (vv.10-12)

  • The prophets envy you. (vv.10-12a)
  • The angels envy you. (v.12b)

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