Arm Yourselves, 1 Peter 3:18-22

This might be the most difficult part of the Bible to understand! So this message goes in depth on the issue of whether or not Jesus went to hell when he died, and what Peter means when he says that baptism now saves, and how to figure out the meaning of a text in context. In the end we find that this section is a parenthesis, supporting Peter’s main point in the bigger context. We look at that main point towards the end of the sermon to keep our perspective the same as the author’s.

How to Change the World, 1 Peter 2:11-17

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.

Chosen People

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.