Our pastor did a sermon series titled ‘Living Hope’ and he pulled his passages from the book of 1 and 2 Peter in the New Testament. I am a note taker in church, Bible up on my lap, and ears turned toward hearing from the Lord through his word and the pastor. So I hope you don’t mind me sharing the notes I took from this sermon series.
In the first leg of this new sermon series, we looked at Peter’s life. If you are joining us for the first time, you can find that post here. Sermon Snippets – Living Hope – 1
If you recall, Peter was quite the man. He may not have been everyone’s first pick to be a disciple of the Lord Jesus, but he was exactly who Jesus wanted and chose.
From the Bible we read that Peter was a fisherman, called to fish for men, growing, striving, wrestling, confessing, denying, leading, walking, and doubting. Questioning, forgiving, running, and preaching. Peter did many other things recorded in Scripture. Pastor says he was mentioned more, spoken to most, and speaks more than any other apostle of Jesus Christ.
Today we look at the first of Peter’s two letters, 1 Peter, for the premises of our sermon snippets today.
1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood:
Grace and peace be yours in abundance. 1 Peter 1:1-2
Sermons snippets here we go.
Peter reminds them and us that being obedient to Jesus Christ is foundational. How we respond to the chaos, or the inevitable to come speaks of where we are with God.
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,
Don’t forget the mercy you’ve been shown, made possible by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We have an inheritance. We are heirs, sons, and daughters given to us by God. This inheritance far exceeds an earthly inheritance.
5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
Faith has been seen through Jesus. We are able to trust God continues to shield us.
Living hope – Hopes and dreams of this world fade and change. For those in Christ, we have a living hope, a certainty, and his name is Jesus.
Jesus is the bread of life, the living water.
6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
In all these foundational pieces, greatly rejoice. There’s a reason for all these tough things we’re going through.
“A faith that cannot be tested, cannot be trusted.”
9 For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings.” 1 Corinthians 4:9
In the midst of trials, greatly rejoice.
Thanks, Pastor Joel for today’s message.