Standing Firm in the Faith (1 Peter 5:8-14)

I hate driving on the interstate in the pouring rain. I am not talking driving in a drizzle. I am talking about when the rain is coming down so fast the windshield wipers cannot keep up with them. It makes it hard to see where you are at and are going. The same is trueContinue reading “Standing Firm in the Faith (1 Peter 5:8-14)”

Clothed with Humility (1 Peter 5:5-7)

I have never been one to go with the current or popular fashion trends. I do not pay too much attention to the latest news in clothing. I do, however, like the style of bowties and fadoras. When it comes down to it, whether or not we favor a particular style, we wear something. WeContinue reading “Clothed with Humility (1 Peter 5:5-7)”

Shepherding in the Midst of Suffering (1 Peter 5:1-4)

Throughout the book of 1 Peter, we have observed what it looks like for Christians to suffer for their faith. We have seen we should follow the example of Christ (2:18-25). We have been told when we respond biblically to suffering for righteousness’ sake, we will bless and be blessed. We have been called toContinue reading “Shepherding in the Midst of Suffering (1 Peter 5:1-4)”

Entrusting in Suffering (1 Peter 4:12-19)

“Why?” It is a question we ask not when things are going well but when things are not working in our favor. We ask the question when we feel we are dealing with something we do not deserve. One example of this is the trials of life. When people face hardships, the immediate response isContinue reading “Entrusting in Suffering (1 Peter 4:12-19)”

Preparing for the End (1 Peter 4:7-11)

July 29, 2016 marks yet another prediction of the end of the world. This time End Times Prophecies declared that the world would come to an end on July 29 because of a chain of events caused by a “polar flip” phenomenon. This is not the first, and will certainly will not be the last,Continue reading “Preparing for the End (1 Peter 4:7-11)”

Victory over Suffering (1 Peter 3:18-4:6)

Last week we looked at how we can honor Christ in our suffering. We can be a witness by responding to suffering in a way unlike the world. The problem, however, is we typically follow the line of the world. When dealing with suffering, our response is not usually, “I can use this hardship inContinue reading “Victory over Suffering (1 Peter 3:18-4:6)”

Right Living When Wronged (1 Peter 3:8-12)

In the movie The Dark Knight, Harvey Dent turned Two-Face says, “The world is cruel, and the only morality in a cruel world is chance…Fifty-fifty.” Harvey Dent’s analysis seems to be fifty-fifty too, partly right and partly wrong. The reality is we do live in a cruel, fallen world. However, we would be in error ifContinue reading “Right Living When Wronged (1 Peter 3:8-12)”

Missional Marriage (1 Peter 3:1-7)

Wise and good counsel has said, “The problem is not singleness and the solution is not marriage. Rather, the problem is you have sinned and the solution is for you to receive Christ as Savior.” In 1 Peter, we have seen the reality of suffering in life, and in particular, the Christian life. In respondingContinue reading “Missional Marriage (1 Peter 3:1-7)”

Suffering Like the Savior (1 Peter 2:18-25)

Whether intentional or not, much of our evangelism and sharing the gospel has neglected the reality of suffering in the Christian life. Truly, the gospel is the Good News! Yet, the fear of failing to share the truth of suffering for the faith paints a rosy-colored portrait of Christianity that is simply false. Your bestContinue reading “Suffering Like the Savior (1 Peter 2:18-25)”