Taking the Message Home (September 11, 2011)

Yesterday was the final message in our series on I Peter. There is a litany of reminders and instructions at the end of the letter, all of which pulls together the leading themes of the entire letter. Similar to the way he began the letter; Peter calls us to look beyond the suffering of this world toward the grace and glory of Christ.

Peter begins by calling us to humility under the hand of God, anticipating his exaltation of us in due time.

  • Peter teaches us that worry is a form of pride, since it denies the sovereign care of Almighty God. On the other hand, true humility is revealed through handing over our worries to God and resting in His promises. Do you struggle with casting your cares on God? How might the Scripture’s promises help you make steps in releasing your fears and anxieties to the Lord?

As he did earlier in the letter, Peter calls us to watchfulness and sober-mindedness. But this time, he connects those instructions with the devil. For Peter, the devil is real, on the prowl, and seeking our demise (v.8).

  • Through the roar of persecution, the devil seeks to cause worry, fear, and doubt in the heart of believers. Though we’re not facing persecution in the same manner of the Christian’s in Asia Minor, you may find yourself tempted to shrink back in faith whenever insult or injury is on the horizon. Do you see this as the devil’s tactic? Are you resisting the devil?
  • One of the greatest comforts of suffering Christians comes in knowing they are not alone in their suffering. Peter says there’s a “brotherhood” of sufferers. How does the commonality of struggle among likeminded believers extend comfort? Can you tell a personal story from your life where this truth is made evident?
  • Peter closes his letter with in the same way he began it—with a confident look to the grace and glory of Christ. He promises restoration, confirmation, strength and establishment through Christ upon his return. Are you comforted by Christ’s return? Why or why not? How might you be benefited right now with more reflection on the coming restoration of all things at Christ’s return?

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