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Sun, Apr 02, 2017
Duration: 44 mins 55 secs
Chapter two of God's Big Story shows how his good creation turned against him. Human rebellion seized the day, and the aftermath--sin, injustice, suffering, separation from God and death--was tragic. Fortunately, God showed mercy, and continues to invite created beings to bow their knee before him.
Sun, Mar 26, 2017
Duration: 45 mins 34 secs
We all love stories; they inspire, entertain, and orient us. But not all stories are created equal. God's Big Story (told in 6 chapters in the Bible) transcends them all. It begins with Creation, showing how all things originated with God who is orderly and wants overflow.
Sun, Mar 19, 2017
Duration: 46 mins 29 secs
Christians feel tension today, especially as they engage culture from the margins. Hot topics like gender, sexuality, politics, race, immigration, and the Bible make people's blood boil. Followers of Jesus must practice humility and resist the urge to drift in their convictions. However, Peter's final encouragement to his readers does not center on standing firm on moral convictions, as much as standing firm in their fixed, future standing as God's called out people.
Sun, Mar 12, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 5:1-5
Duration: 43 mins 6 secs
Leadership and pastoral ministry sometimes feel like they're at odds. Best practices and business principles have crept into the church, helping it run more smoothly as an organization, but sometimes at the cost of personal care. The local church is God's flock, he wants shepherds to care for it his way: more delight than duty; more generosity than greed; more service than aegis. This sermon is filled with pastoral confessions and biblical insights on spiritual leadership.
Sun, Mar 05, 2017
Duration: 34 mins 28 secs
Jesus suffered and so will his followers. The apostle Peter circles around this theme several times. He implores them to face proper, expectant suffering at the hands of their religious opponents, not to create suffering by posturing or provoking others to anger. The gospel brings its own offense. Many stumbled over Jesus. When followers of Jesus experience similar suffering, like Christ they should face it with joy knowing God uses it to purify them and build character.
Sun, Feb 26, 2017
Duration: 40 mins 18 secs
"The End is Near." The line often sends chills up on the spine. However, when Peter says it, he does not intend his readers to cower. Rather, he implores his readers to go out with a glorious bang, shocking the world with their self-restraint, self-sacrifice, and solidarity.
Sun, Feb 19, 2017
Duration: 46 mins 48 secs
God uses our lives as a glorious witness. Peter encourages his readers to think this way as they face slander and other forms of suffering as Christian outsiders. "Speak hope with your lives," he implores them. The challenge is as relevant today as ever.
Sun, Feb 12, 2017
Duration: 47 mins 6 secs
Strong households build a strong society. This sentiment is as old as Aristotle and current as Jim Daly (Focus on the Family). Peter had shared his thoughts on glorious households using the Greco-Roman Household Code. His teaching centered on the work of Jesus, and subtly pushed back against the patriarchy of they day. Honor, Peter argues, not hierarchy, should be the heart of the home.
Sun, Feb 05, 2017
Duration: 43 mins 31 secs
What compelled me to move a row of the seats to the outer walls of our sanctuary? What compelled me to spy on members of our congregation this week? I wanted to immerse our congregation in Peter's reality of living as glorious strangers. We are being watched. We should give the world a life worthy of watching.
Sun, Jan 29, 2017
Duration: 40 mins 13 secs
We think of honor as something we earn, win, or achieve. In Peter's day, honor was one's inherited or ascribed worth, but symbolized by one's titles, dress, headpiece, and seat at the table. Strangers and foreigners had no honor, unless ascribed by a higher authority. Fortunately for Peter's audience (and the modern church), the Heavenly Father grants honor to His people. He granted them a new and marvelous identity in Christ: chosen race, royal priesthood, holy nation, God's possession.
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