Scripture: 1 Peter 5 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
Observation: In Peter’s final chapter of his first letter he appeals to the elders to shepherd the flock, and gives some final greetings. In verse 10 Peter basically summarizes the entire book-there will be suffering and persecution for believers, but eternal glory follows-so Read More »
SCRIPTURE: 1 Peter 5:2-3 2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God. 3Don’t lord it over the people assigned to your care, but lead them by your own good example.
OBSERVATION: This is a great passage that highlights several keys to understanding how God intended the church to be led. First, God actually takes heirs to his throne and entrusts them to the care of leaders or shepherds in the church. Next, He reminds them of Read More »
Scripture: 1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
Observation: First Peter 5:6 tells us why we should be humble. “Humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.” God wants us to Be HUMBLE. Being humble means understanding how much more important Read More »
Scripture: 1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
Observation: Love is the most important thing in the world for a Christian – God’s love for us and, following that example, our love for others. This passage tells us that love is “above all” and that we should do it deeply because of what it does. It covers over – shows Read More »
Scripture: 1 Peter 4:1-2 (NIV) Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin.  As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.
Observation: If the son of God suffered, and was miss treated why should it shock me when I am! Read More »
Scripture: 1 Peter 4:15-16 15 If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. 16 However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.
Observation: 1 Peter 4 is essentially addressing the fact that if you live like a follower of Chrsit you will suffer persecution. Because you will look different from the rest of the world, and they will not like that. They will not like that you abstain from things of the Read More »
Scripture: 1 Peter 4:4-5 4 Of course, your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you. 5 But remember that they will have to face God, who will judge everyone, both the living and the dead
Observation: This verse really resonates with me because it is so similar to what I experienced as a new believer in high school. At first verse 5 brings a bit of self-righteous pride knowing that they will have to face judgment and answer for their choices. But then as Read More »
Scripture: NIV 1 Peter 4:19; So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
Observation: To choose to suffer means that there is something wrong; to choose God’s will even if it means to suffering is a different thing. No healthy Christians like’s to suffer. God puts His children where they will glorify Him, and we are no judges at all of where Read More »
Scripture: 1 Peter 3:8
Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.
Observation: My observation is that it is really important to God that we work hard to get along with each other as Christians and in the church. We are to pursue harmony, sympathy, brotherly love, compassion, and humility. This is hard work, but it is also God’s Read More »
Scripture: 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
Observation: Christs is the greatest example of love. I find that when knowing truth, in the flesh I get so focused on sharing it and making sure the truth is revealed and absorbed. I am sure this approach can come off a bit judgmental and pushy. I am very thankful Read More »