This coming Sunday will be our 20th (consecutive) and final Sunday in the book of First Peter. The Letter to an Exile is finally concluding at LifePoint. I have really enjoyed this letter. Here is a summary of the “big ideas” of the series, along with the corresponding passages.
- First Peter is a letter sent from God to lead us to Jesus. (1:1)
- Exiles, we’ve been called out of the world to be the church in the world. (1:1-5:14)
- Exiles in the world; live as children of the King. (1:1-2)
- At the intersection of faith and hope comes worship. (1:3-5)
- We love because we live. (1:22-25)
- God’s answer to why? Is Who. (1:6-12)
- Your holiness reveals your hope. (1:13-21)
- God gives us mercy so that we can bring Him glory. (2:1-10)
- I’m not a Roman, I’m an exile. (2:11-12)
- Live like a citizen of heaven as a citizen on earth. (2:13-17)
- Resurrection demands a response. (2:23-25)
- The path of endurance is travelled with trust. (2:18-25)
- Jesus redeems marriage by redeeming sinners. (3:1-7)
- Everything looks different in the light. (3:8-17)
- Jesus died to bring us to God and he rose to bring God to us. (3:18-22)
- Elect exiles are to live for the will of God. (4:1-6)
- God is glorified through Jesus when Jesus is glorified through us. (4:7-11)
- As you suffer, entrust your life to the Giver of life. (4:12-19)
- Because Jesus cares for us, we care for others. (5:1-7)
The final text (5:8-14) will be delivered this Sunday.
I’ve received a number of questions about the next book we’ll tackle here at LifePoint. After much prayer and study, it looks like we may be heading into 1 Thessalonians beginning in September. The summer preaching will be 10 weeks from various texts: fresh, relevant, and challenging each week. Come out this Sunday as we conclude 1 Peter: Letter to an Exile.