In this message, pastor and missionary Joshua Smith unpacks the mysterious and powerful teaching of Ephesians 3:10, showing us the significance for our church in Mexico City right now. (Note: the recording gets cut off near the end of the message, so the final part of the message is missing.)
This is a hard message. It goes against our grain. In instructing first century slaves how to be good Christian slaves, Peter has a message for the church: don’t retaliate.
For Easter Sunday we looked at God’s amazing grace from Romans 3:23-24.
This message looks at how Christians are to serve each other and build each other up in the faith. Paul the Apostle uses the analogy of the body in Ephesians 4:11-16 to communicate the closeness and interdependence believers should share. This message also provides a helpful guide to finding your ministry gifts.
In 1 Peter 2:11-17 Peter shows the importance of living changed lives. In the Bible there is a direct connection between our changed lives and our friends and family coming to believe that God is real. Of course there is more to it than that, but as many thoughtful Christian leaders have noted, the ultimate argument for the truthfulness of Christianity will be the changed lives of Christ’s followers.
1 Peter 2:9-10 is one of the richest bits of spiritual treasure in the Bible! One of the most important things we can learn from the Bible, besides what God is like, is what we are like. What we believe about ourselves directly affects how we live. So Peter reviews how God has changed our identity to be his special possession. From here he talks about our purpose as God’s chosen people in this life.
Peter begins chapter two by comparing the Bible to spiritual milk, exhorting us to “crave” it like newborn babies, then focuses on how Jesus’ death on the cross radically changed what worship looks like.
The second half of chapter one is built around four main commands. Discovering these commands helps us to see Peter’s flow of thought–especially the connection between the blessings God has given us and the response he expects from us.
In this message we look at Peter’s hymn of praise, and specifically on the heavenly hope that God promises in salvation.
In this first message from 1 Peter we look at some of the key concepts behind our heavenly hope and how we should respond to the gracious work of Christ on the cross–the single event that grounds our heavenly hope.