A Sermon Series Through 1 Peter

1 Peter 1:3–6 
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

1 PETER

is a letter written to believers that are living in a time that has many similarities to our own.  These similarities are in the context of how their faith was viewed by the “outside world.”  The post-Christian societies many of us live in now are very much like the pre-Christian society in which Peter’s first-century readers lived in.  While we may live under the rule of governments that offer some legal protections for Christians, Christianity is no longer generally accepted, nor deemed acceptable.1 In essence, many societies have become hostile to the message of Christianity, deeming it narrow minded, self-righteous and an obstacle to one's own personal views and desires.  So, how might the Christian respond?  We respond in hope, firmly grounded in the truth of the gospel.  The gospel truth that brings security amidst hostility and rejection.  They may think us strange, but our hope does not lie in the approval of men, but in the promises of God.  

Sermon Outline

  1. Intro to 1st Peter - 2/2
  2. Exiles but not hopeless (1:3-5) - 2/9
  3. Finding joy in truth amid suffering (1:6-12) - 2/16
  4. Living holy lives as exiles in the fear of God (1:13-21) - 2/23
  5. Living together as exiles according to God’s Word (1:22-2:3) - 3/1
  6. Jesus, the cornerstone of the church (2:4-10) - 3/8
  7. Our testimony before authority (2:11-25) - 3/15
  8. Our family’s testimony before the world (3:1-7) - 3/29 
  9. Our unity as a testimony to the world (3:8-12) - 4/19
  10. Suffering for the right reasons (3:13-22) - 4/26
  11. Suffering for the right reasons part 2 (4:1-6) - 5/3
  12. Serving others for God’s glory (4:7-11) - 5/10
  13. A reminder that suffering is for God’s glory (4:12-19) - 5/17
  14. Follow your leaders and stand firm (5:1-11) - 5/24
** April 5th & 12th are part of Passion Week
** March 22nd we will have a guest speaker here to talk to us about church planting in the NW

Recommended Resources

1 Peter For You - Juan R. Sanchez
The book of 1 Peter could have been written for our times, a time of antagonism toward biblical ethics, and the marginalization of biblical Christians. Into that culture Peter speaks of hope and offers joy as he points believers home to heaven. Juan Sanchez brings his experience of ministry in the US and Latin America, and his pastoral wisdom and insight, to this wonderful epistle,  an epistle that every Christian needs to treasure today.
Be Hopeful - Warren Wiersbe
"Hope is not a sedative; it is a shot of adrenaline, a blood transfusion." Through clever word pictures like this, best-selling author and former pastor Warren Wiersbe preaches the same message Peter preached so long ago.  Turning each enlightening page, believers gain increasing confidence in true Hope, a God in whom they don't just wish for eternal life.  In Scripture, hope means the promise of salvation for those who have accepted Him and His Son's death and resurrection.
Knowing Your Bible (1-2 Peter & Jude) - Jonathan K. Dodson
A helpful personal Bible Study.
The Knowing the Bible series is a resource designed to help Bible readers better understand and apply God’s Word.
1Juan R. Sanchez, 1 Peter For You, (The Good Book Company, 2016 )