Looking Ahead to 1 Peter 1:6-9

Week 3: Sunday, 9/25/16
1 Peter 1:6-9
“Rejoicing in Difficult Days”

Last Sunday, College Park preached on 1 Peter 1:3-5 and it was crammed full of powerful, hope-giving truths. Pastor Joe Bartemus raised these excellent questions. They’re questions that not only lead us into the text but questions that can be asked today. They are meant to bring us back to what is true, firm, and unchanging. Who is in charge? Who am I? What does my future look like? A fourth one Joe threw in that I found helpful was, what is my hope? Similar to how a new swimmer can return to and hold onto the side of the pool for safety, security, and to regain their breath before diving back in, these questions point us to biblical truth about God and our relationship with him that steadies us on many days when we feel like we can barely tread water. God is in charge. I am a child of God. My future is certain, it is guaranteed and kept by God, and it includes an imperishable inheritance beyond what we can imagine.

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Three Identity Struggles

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Discipleship is essentially following Christ for the purpose of maturing in Christ-likeness. Disciples rediscover and then faithfully live in light of their identity in Christ. Or to say it differently, discipleship is the process whereby we’re remade and we regain who we were created to be as image-bearers of God by being transformed into the image of Christ.

If believers have a new identity in Christ why don’t we live it out? Obviously layers of answers could be offered here related to doctrines of sin, sanctification, and glorification so let me narrow the question. What are a few identity issues that keep Christians from understanding and living out the reality of who we are as a new creation in Christ?

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Looking Ahead to 1 Peter 1:3-5


This Exiled Life, Week 2: A Living Hope
1 Peter 1:3-5

College Park Church opened their 1 Peter series by looking at 1 Peter1:1-2. Whether at Fishers or North Indy, both sermons introduced the book’s context (author, recipients, background) as well as the importance of the theme of exile. We are exiles in this world, but the comforting and encouraging truth in 1:1-2 is that we are God’s exiles, or elect exiles. We might be strangers in the world, aware of the fact that at times we simply don’t belong. But we are not strangers to God or to Christ’s Church as God takes us as his own and we belong to Him. We are foreknown and loved by the Father, set apart (sanctified) by the Spirit, and cleansed by the blood of Jesus. In our God we are therefore equipped to endure whatever we face and we’re given the opportunity to engage our world as light in the midst of darkness.

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Do Your Doctrine & Culture Clash?

As a church, does our culture match our doctrine? As an individual or as a family, does our culture match our doctrine?

Gospel doctrine – gospel culture = hypocrisy
Gospel culture – gospel doctrine = fragility
Gospel doctrine + gospel culture = power”[2]

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Fresh Air in the Atmosphere of Trinitarian Grace

“To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion…according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood.” (I Peter 1:2)

Throughout his first letter, Peter regularly reminds his readers that their suffering, their rejection, and the way they stand out as exiles is normal. The kingdom of light is no more welcome to a kingdom of darkness than the bedroom light being turned on first thing in the morning is welcomed when I’ve been sleeping. And yet, as elect exiles they are God’s people. Though kicked to the curb by the world we are called into a new family and given a sense of belonging by our Triune God. We are now his people, and even as we struggle in a world that is not for us we are equipped and empowered by a God that is for us. Continue reading “Fresh Air in the Atmosphere of Trinitarian Grace”

Looking ahead to 1 Peter 1:1-2

This Sunday at College Park Church we’ll start a new sermon series on 1 Peter. During LIVE16 many of you studied the Sunday text in advance and shared how valuable that was for you. By thinking about the Scripture beforehand you were better prepared to hear, process, understand, and apply what was preached on Sunday. While our small groups are now being encouraged to use the 1 Peter Study Guide, which is designed for groups to discuss and apply the text after the sermon, I’d encourage you to continue reading, praying over, and meditating on the passage on your own or as a family beforehand. For that reason, I’ll attempt to provide each week a blog post that can act as a starter for getting into the text.

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Why We Need Promises

The knowledge of the glory of God must be promising if it is to carry power. We must know it and believe that we are included—that the promises are ours, that the call is to us (cf. Ephesians 1:19).”[1] (John Piper)

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Imputation: Big Word, Bigger Meaning

impImputation. Not a word you use very often I would guess. Don’t give in to the temptation to skip over words you don’t know instead of learning words that open up new worlds. Imputation is one of those words. It’s important not just because it will impress everyone at the Scrabble table, but imputation is the only hope a Christian has for grace and salvation. Now, and when it’s our turn to be judged by the just and holy God, you better have a perfect, impeccable righteousness that will result in a verdict of “justified,” or “accepted.” God will welcome with a warm embrace all those with such a righteousness to live with him on a restored earth forever.

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Good Theology Makes for Good Prayers

prayerThe quotable Keller doesn’t disappoint in his recent book on prayer. One section I’ve found especially helpful defines and explains prayer as conversationsin response to our knowledge of God. An implication is that one way to galvanize our prayer life is to grow our theology. The more we see the grandeur, the glory, and goodness of God the greater will be our desire and passion for prayer. Seeing God’s bigness leads us to ask him to do what only he can do and seeing his nearness leads to us believe we can approach him. This growth in the knowledge of God infuses our prayers so that they are motivated by, focused on, and empowered by God. Theology done well makes us passionate, desperate, and expectant people of prayer. This means the more we see God in the world around us through his book of natural revelation and the more we see God in the word through his special revelation, the more “stuff” we have to fuel our prayers.

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