SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT (1 Peter 3:8-12) We have been called to inherit a blessing from God! To seek peace and pursue it is to experience God’s pleasure. Thankfully if you & I will seek peace & pursue it with God, we can clear out any nefarious clutter as we seek peace and pursue it with others.
“IN GOD WE ENTRUST OUR TRUST” (1 Peter 2:21-25) – The way we “entrust” our trust to God is by the choice we make to follow the example of Jesus. In offering this “call,” the Apostle Peter invites us not only to place our “trust” in God, but to “entrust” our trust to God.
“THE LEGACY OF LIVING STONES” (1 Peter 2:4-10) – Jesus Christ is the “living stone” upon which you and I can build a meaningful life and legacy of faith. And today, we live with a wonderful promise: If we trust in the Lord, then we will never be put to shame.
HOLINESS IS MORE THAN SKIN DEEP 1 Peter 1:13—2:3 Holiness is an inside-out experience. Holiness is more than dressing ourselves up with a righteous appearance; instead, holiness is a revelation from God that enables us to reflect the likeness of God in all we say & do as followers of Jesus Christ.
“THE WAY TO COPE IS HOPE” (1 Peter 1:3-9) – Because of God’s “great mercy,” you and I have now been given “new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
Peace be with you! John 20:19-22 – These words of Jesus renew our faith and restore our joy! Jesus has overcome the world of sin and death by his resurrection, we can be inhabited by the peace of God that transcends all understanding and that promises to guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus!
“Love One Another” (1 John 4:7-12) – If we asked Jesus, “What’s love got to do with it?,” then he would respond by saying, “Everything.”
“Forgive One Another” (Matthew 6:14-15) – We learn from Jesus that forgiveness is a personal issue, i.e., forgiveness is always a personal decision. For just as God has forgiven us our sins, it is up to us to forgive those who sin against us.
"Admonish One Another” (Ephesians 4:1-3; Colossians 3:15-17) – To “urge” and “admonish” are vital components of healthy church life. And the choice we make to “urge” and “admonish” one another to “walk” in a manner worthy of our calling reminds all of us that our lives are a gift from God.
“Stewards of God’s Grace” (1 Peter 4:10-11) – God is the great Giver! And now, God has given “gifts” to us so that we might serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace.
REJOICING COMES IN THE MORNING (Psalm 30:1-12) – The signs of God’s grace remind us of all our blessings. And, above all, the signs of God’s grace orient us as we call out for God’s mercy because while weeping may stay for the night, we can trust that with God’s help rejoicing comes in the morning.
“IT IS GOOD FOR US TO BE HERE” (Mark 9:2-7) – To be in the presence of Jesus is to be in no better place. The “Transfiguration of Jesus” was not only a mountaintop experience for Peter, James, and John, but remains a mountaintop experience for us today.