Sanctuary: "A Reason for the Hope"

A Study in First Peter

A Reason for the Hope - Conclusion

I Peter • August 28, 2016 • Pastor Dave Dick

The word "hope" is used over 100 times in the Bible. In the Old Testament, it is closely tied to ideas such as "putting confidence in" or "taking refuge in." The New Testament links hope with words like steadfast, courage and boldness. So many today are living without hope, but Peter has reminded us that there is hope in Jesus Christ. As we close out our series in 1 Peter this week, we will focus on what Peter has taught us regarding "A Reason for the Hope."

The Church: The Community of All Who Are Saved through Jesus Christ

I Peter 2:9-10 • August 21, 2016 • Pastor Dave Dick

This week, we are going back to chapter 2 in 1 Peter as we take a look at the church. What is the church? Who is it made up of? Why does it exist? Can it get along without us? Can we get along without it? Join us as the apostle Peter gives us a framework for what today we refer to as the church.

Standing Firm in God's Grace

I Peter 5:8-14 • August 14, 2016 • Pastor Dave Dick

In the sport of fencing they begin with the words “En guard” - to come “on guard” (ready your weapon and self for the fight). The apostle Peter closes his letter to the churches in Asia Minor with a similar warning. He reminds them to be on guard, alert, observant and vigilant because as believers in Christ they have an adversary-- one who seeks to destroy them.

Relief for the Narcissists

I Peter 5:5-7 • August 7, 2016 • Pastor Dave Dick

As we prepare to celebrate Holy Communion this Sunday, we also near the close of the Apostle Peter’s letter to the churches in Asia Minor. He turns his attention to the young, new believers, as well as all believers who have placed their trust in Jesus. They are reminded that they live under a new paradigm as a follower of Christ. Along with a new life in Christ, they have been given a new understanding of how we are to approach life. We can add one more group that Peter addresses this week as he offers “Relief to the Narcissists”.


I Peter 5:1-4 • July 31, 2016 • Pastor Dave Dick

As we continue this week in 1 Peter we look at the role of a shepherd and we are reminded that the world has a different view of leadership. The expectations are different, the motivations are different and the outcomes are different. When addressing this issue with the Mother of James and John Jesus had the following to say to His disciples. But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28 ESV) This week Peter gives us a picture of servant leadership

Firm Hope

I Peter 4:12-19 • July 24, 2016 • Pastor Dave Dick

We continue this week in our series “The Reason for the Hope”. The Apostle Peter has never been one to mince words and this week he tells us that suffering and trials will be a part of our journey as believers in Jesus Christ. He gives specific attention to the trials we may face by standing firm in our faith and reminding us that God gives us hope during hurtful times; a hope we will only know through Jesus Christ.

Living with Purpose (Part 2)

I Peter 4:7-11 • July 17, 2016 • Pastor Pete Van Dyke

This Sunday morning, we open God’s Word to I Peter 4:7-11. Peter is telling us what authentic Christian living should look like. These aren’t mere suggestions, but they are directives from God. We will be considering ways in which we can best communicate with others how the Christian life is different and the importance of living in the Spirit. What specific things are you doing or not doing because you have a personal relationship with Jesus? This isn’t about works or legalism, it’s a way of life in Jesus.

Living with Purpose (Part 1)

I Peter 4:1-5 • July 10, 2016 • Pastor Pete Van Dyke

Pastor Pete will be leading worship and speaking on the subject, "Living With Purpose." The message will be based on I Peter 4: 1-6. Do you know that each one of us has been created for a purpose? We should not be satisfied with mere existence and survival, rather we must realize that God created you and me for specific reasons. Imagine someone asking you, "What do you know to be your purpose in life?" What might you answer? Will your answer be based on what you believe God's purpose has been for your life?

Final Instructions for Strangers and Aliens - Part 2

I Peter 3:17-22 • July 3, 2016 • Pastor Dave Dick

This weekend, we celebrate the freedom we have in this great nation. President Reagan reminded us that we must not take it for granted. "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." As we continue in our series, the apostle Peter reminds us of a freedom we have been given through Jesus, a freedom that once received will not be taken away. It is this freedom that continues to serve as an encouragement to the new believers in Asia Minor. In our Scripture this week, Peter tells us that baptism serves to proclaim and remind us of this very freedom that we have received through Christ.

Final Instructions for Strangers and Aliens

I Peter 3:8-17 • June 26, 2016 • Pastor Dave Dick

We are at the half-way point in our study of 1 Peter. This week, we will listen in as the apostle continues to remind the churches in Asia Minor of the importance of their actions. These actions may seem strange to others, but Peter reminds us that they serve as a testimony to Jesus. Unfortunately, many of these actions tend not to come naturally. In order to accomplish them, we must walk in humility, which again..... doesn't always come naturally. Join us Sunday as we are reminded "but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect." (1 Peter 3:15 ESV)

God's Man

I Peter 3:1-7 • June 19, 2016 • Pastor Pete Van Dyke

In honor of Father's Day, we will be encouraged as we focus on I Peter 3:7, "Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heir with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered." There are many sources today that are communicating an untrue picture of fatherhood. Sometimes. it may be friends who think they have a handle on what it means to be a father, only to realize that they have never seen God's blueprints for the role of the husband and father in the home. Sometimes it is through television and the many different pictures we get of fatherhood through the media are not healthy at all. Sometimes a man tries to do it on his own without any guidance and doesn't know what to do when he runs into a difficult situation nor a dead end in his pursuits. This Sunday, enjoy what God has to say about fatherhood and perhaps expand your understanding of His plan for you and your family. Though the focus will be on fathers, there's something God has for the entire family.

Stand up for Jesus

I Peter 2:13-25 • June 12, 2016 • Pastor Pete Van Dyke

Pastor Pete will be filling in this Sunday for Pastor Dave who still suffers from laryngitis. The message will be based on I Peter 2:13-25 with the heart of the passage reflected in verse 15, "For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people." The emphasis is that we as Christians are to live in such a way that by our exemplary lives we stop the mouths of those who would criticize the faith. We are to live a life that Is above that: above criticism, above reproach, above shame. There is really no greater way for people to see the transforming power of the gospel than to see the life of a transformed person. The title of the morning message is Stand up for Jesus.

A Royal Priesthood

I Peter :4-12 • June 5, 2016 • Pastor Jay Farwell

Many people identify themselves by what they do. It is even in the way in which we introduce ourselves. "I am a teacher," or "I am a police officer," or "I am a mother or father." We do this rather than identifying ourselves by WHO we are, or better yet, WHO's we are. This week, we are continuing our series in 1 Peter where we will talk about the conduct of our lives pouring out of who we are in Christ Jesus and the HOPE that we have in Him. Join us this Sunday as we are encouraged by God's Word and as we also share in Holy Communion together. Thank you, Pastor Jay, for stepping in for Pastor Dave as he recovers from laryngitis.

United in Love

I Peter 1:22 - 2:3 • May 29, 2016 • Pastor Dave Dick

The love that God has shown us goes well beyond a common understanding of love in our culture. He has loved us with an unfailing love, a personal love, a sacrificial love, a deep love that fills us and leaves us wanting to share it with others. “Love one another earnestly from a pure heart,…” that is the instruction we receive from the apostle Peter this week. Not only are the disciples in Asia Minor given instruction on how to show love to one another, but he also reminds them of those things that may prevent genuine love from occurring. “We love, because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

Prepare to Be Holy

I Peter 1:13-21 • May 15, 2016 • Pastor Dave Dick

This week as we continue in 1 Peter chapter one, the apostle reminds the churches in Asia Minor that they are called to be holy. This is an achievement we are unable to accomplish on our own. According to A.W. Pink, "Because God is holy, acceptance with Him on the grounds of creature-doings is utterly impossible. A fallen creature could sooner create a world than produce that which would meet the approval of infinite purity." So is Peter's expectation unfair? Join us this Sunday as we discover Peter's insights into holy living.