Hope from God
Alex Enabnit – Research Editor
This weekend we started a new series diving into 1 Peter, a book all about hope – especially during hard times.
This letter was written by Simon Peter and often characterized as warm and loving, because it was written to Christians who were suffering as a result of their faith in Jesus. Peter encourages them and calls them to persevere, a message which they desperately needed due to the horrific nature of the Emperor Nero. An incredibly corrupt man, Nero was well-known for his widespread persecution, torture, and execution of Christians. Along with crucifixion, Nero was known to dip Christians in pitch and light them on fire, using them as torches. Against this backdrop, Peter wrote his first epistle.
From verses 3-9 of 1 Peter, he encourages us that with Jesus we are given a living hope because of his resurrection from the dead. With this hope, we also have an incredible inheritance that is secure, cannot be lost, and doesn’t diminish in value. This inheritance is the salvation that comes from Jesus. This is great news! And it gives us hope that comes directly from God and sustains us through suffering that we will endure on account of Jesus. As a result of this testing, faith increases.
So what gives us this ability to persevere?
- Because we know who to look at
- Because we know what we can look forward to
Where do you need hope today? Where is your faith being tested? What do you think God might be allowing into your life? What does God want you to “do” with your pain and grief?
Join us next week as we continue in the topic of hope in the Book of 1 Peter!
Verses from the sermon:
1 Peter 1:3-9; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:12; Ephesians 1:19-20a; 2 Timothy 3:12; 1 Peter 4:12
Here for You – Matt Redman
Resurrecting – Elevation Worship