Pastor Steve With, Sun Mar 11
The Hope of Eternal Life
3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation (‘living hope’, NIV), 4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.
6 So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.
7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.
8 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 9 The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:3–9
Intro: The apostle Peter took up his pen 30 years or so after the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus, and set himself to write something encouraging to the beleaguered Christians of Asia Minor. They were being abused by overbearing bosses (2:18), threatened by unbelieving spouses (3:1, 6), and ridiculed by skeptical neighbors and associates (4:14). On the horizon loomed the possibility of a much more violent form of persecution because of their faith (4:12–18).
It was a very anti-Christian society. Yet, Peter is bringing the message of Easter. The message of Resurrection. The message of Hope and that Hope is a ‘Living Hope.’ A hope that we can count, a hope that we can live for. Hope that does not quit on us, Hope that will always be there for everyone…that is the Hope that Jesus secured for us on the Cross. And now we take a look at the Cross, the Resurrection through Peter’s eyes. Peter was there and he is a very passionate Apostle…And that is why we love Peter.
I. Why we love Peter
“Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” John 21:16
- A. The Story of the Apostle Peter
- 1. Amazing Man of God and Part of Jesus’ Inner Circle
- First Disciples – “Jesus was walking along the shore, he called, Peter, & Andrew: ‘Come, follow me, & I will show you how to fish for people!’” Matthew 4:18
- Walking on Water – “Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” Matthew 14:28
- The Transfiguration – “Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them…” Matthew 17:1
- Healing the Little Girl – “He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James & John, and he became anguished and distressed.” Matt 26:37
- Jesus’ Inquiry – “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 15:15-16
- Jesus Prays in Gethsemane – “Jesus said, ‘Sit here while I go and pray.’ He took Peter, James, and John with him.’” Mark 14:32-33
- Cuts off Malchus’ Ear – “Then Simon Peter drew a sword and slashed off the right ear of Malchus, the high priest’s slave.” John 18:10
- 2. The Imperfect Peter
- Denies Jesus 3 Times – “Again Peter denied it. And immediately a rooster crowed.” John 18:27
- Sides with the Jews – “But when Peter came to Antioch, I had to oppose him to his face, for what he did was very wrong.” Gal 2:11
- 3. Peter’s Restoration
- Jesus Questions: “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” John 21:15
II. PETER WAS THERE!
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great
mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead“ 1 Peter 1:3 (NIV)
- A. God’s Promise
- 1. “New Birth”…he has given us new birth into a new life in Him.
- a. Christians are Born Again, into a Real Life in Christ.
- 2. “Living Hope”…not dead hope, but living hope!
- a. Not our type of Hope, like “I hope the A’s win the World Series.”
- b. The Bible’s Hope, Hope that is Certain, Confident, and Settled,
”Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.” 1 Peter 1:13
- B. God’s Plan
“Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God.” 1 Peter 3:18
- 1. According to Peter, Christ Suffered for our Sins, though He never sinned, in order to bring us home to God!
- C. Peter’s Easter
- 1. Peter’s Purpose, “to encourage you & assure you that what you are experiencing is truly part of God’s grace for you.” 1 Peter 5:12
- 2. Peter’s Point, “For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.” 1 Peter 1:23
- 3. Peter’s Plan, ”Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter 5:7
- 4. Peter’s Passion, His passion was Christ,“Peter followed him at a distance and came to the high priest’s courtyard.” Matthew 26:58
“During this time, when about 120 believers were together in one place, Peter stood up and addressed them.” Acts 1:15
“Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.” Acts 2:41
“These leaders were very disturbed that Peter and John were teaching the people that through Jesus there is a resurrection of the dead.” Acts 4:2
“He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve.” 1 Corinthians 15:5
“In fact, James, Peter, and John, who were known as pillars of the church” – Paul (Galatians 2:9)
“You must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen.”
2 Peter 3:18
Peter’s Purpose, Peter’s Point, Peter’s Plan and Peter’s Passion
In Every Part of Peter’s Life and Faith…
His Passion was Christ!!!! May Our Savior Jesus be our Passion today and always.