Series: 1 Peter

The greeting that opens this letter is deeply theological — Peter addresses his audience as “chosen exiles.” This description applies to Christians in every age. We who believe are not at home is this world, yet by God’s choosing we belong even now to His family. Expect a hard life of profound joy!

Stand Firm

by John Vanderhorst | October 20, 2019

Believers in Christ are called to stand firm in the face of suffering.

Exhortation to All of Us

by Mike Bergen | October 13, 2019

On the surface this passage appears to apply only to church leaders, but as we study it, we see that Peter gives important exhortation for every member of the church.

Trials Transfigured

by Blaine Freidline | October 6, 2019

Sharing the sufferings of Christ leads to joy with Christ, especially when He returns to earth in all His glory. Trusting the word of the Father is the key.

Priorities for the End Times

by Mike Bergen | September 29, 2019

The signs were strong that Jesus would return very soon, so Peter advised the Christians to focus on two priorities.

Arm Yourself

by Johnny Vanderhorst | September 22, 2019

Arm yourself with the mentality Jesus had, so you can live for God’s will, and not the empty pursuits of the surrounding world.

Follow the Triumphant King

by Daniel Vanderhorst | September 15, 2019

Following Jesus gives us deep comfort, a strong confidence and an exhilarating expectation despite all the suffering we will experience for His sake.

Sharing the Hope within You

by Ken Swygard | September 8, 2019

We should always be ready to share the great hope we have in Christ and God.

Special Instruction for Husbands & Wives

by Johnny Vanderhorst | September 1, 2019

Wives have a powerful influence through their “imperishable beauty.” Husbands have a high-stakes calling to honor their wives.

Perspective Makes All the Difference

by Mike Bergen | August 25, 2019

1 Peter 2:13-25 is unattractive instruction about relating to human authorities. It is unattractive when viewed from a human perspective, a limited perspective, or a twisted perspective. But from God’s perspective, it is very helpful for our lives every day.

Encountering the Opposition

by Johnny Vanderhorst | August 18, 2019

To be true to our calling in this world, we must deny the passions that damage us and others, and be marked by a way of life that benefits and wins our community.

A Spiritual House

by Blaine Freidline | August 11, 2019

Summary Through believing the Good News, you have been inextricably joined into the living house of God, anointed into the royal and holy priesthood, and charged with offering spiritual sacrifices to God.   The temple of Solomon; the Good News 1 Peter 3:18 2 Corinthians 5:21   Three questions   Living stones Exodus 19:5-6;  Psalm […]

A Fervent Love

by John Vanderhorst | August 4, 2019

Believers in Christ have hearts made new and pure through the gospel. They are now commanded – and empowered – to love one another fervently!

Set Your Hope

by Johnny Vanderhorst | July 28, 2019

In light of your staggering salvation, set your hope on the best that is yet to come, and live like it’s really true.

The Greatest Mystery

by Mike Bergen | July 21, 2019

In 1 Peter 1:10-12, Peter makes a statement about the amazing way God has revealed the greatest mystery of all time. That is the mystery of our salvation. After we think about Peter’s statement, I’m convinced you’ll grow in appreciation for this intriguing way that God has built and revealed this mystery so far, and how much more is still ahead!

Salvation’s Present Trials

by John Vanderhorst | July 14, 2019

God has a design for our trials and distresses as believers. Accepting this in faith allows us to see our trials—and Jesus Himself—with new eyes.

A Living Hope for Exiles

by Mike Bergen | July 7, 2019

Our Father, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, has given us a new life of hope that is absolutely sure and permanent. This hope is based on the living Lord Jesus Christ, and is a hope we can experience right now and every day, because of God’s unlimited power.

Chosen Exiles

by Johnny Vanderhorst | June 30, 2019

As chosen exiles in this world, believers in Christ will simultaneously experience the hardships of immigrant life along with the privileges of belonging to the King’s family.