Jesus leaves the home of the Pharisee who invited him for dinner, and prepares his disciples to face a crowd of thousands by saying, “Be on your guard against hypocrisy.”
Sometimes it appears that evil gets to have a field day, while those who are trying to do what's right get trampled. Is it worth the effort to be a Christian?
When his life was threatened, Elijah ran for the desert. Maybe he thought no one would find him there. Maybe he thought the idea of dying by dehydration and starvation would be better than getting killed by the Queen. Scripture doesn’t tell us what he was thinking, other than that he wanted out.
Peter writes that we are to arm ourselves with the same attitude of Christ when it comes to suffering – that we would rather suffer than sin.
Just like you don’t start a building project without finding out how much it will cost, Jesus tells his disciples to count the cost of following him.
Now that you have this marvelous gift of grace, the good news of Jesus, how do you live as a newborn child of God?
A baby contributes nothing to their own birth, and is fully dependent on his/her parents to guard them and provide for them as they grow toward maturity. In 1 Peter, the apostle writes that our spiritual birth looks very similar. In this message, we look at how Peter makes those connections.
If you've ever been to a foreign country, or been picked last for a game, or been left out of a text chat, you know what it's like to feel like you don't belong. As Christians, we are called to participate with Jesus in a world that is not our home. This message kicks off our series on 1 Peter.