3. From Initial Joy to Joy Everlasting (1 Peter 1:6-9)


February 21, 2021 • David Schrock • 1 Peter

Are we going to make it? How are we going to make it? What will it take to make it? And what is ‘it,' anyways? If you were an elect exile living in Asia Minor during the first few decades of the church, you might ask these questions? Or, if you were a Protestant living in England during the reign of Bloody Mary, you might ask them too? Today, if you are a Christian living in China, or if you are Christian living anywhere that the cultural elites are pressing against biblical truth, you might be asking this kind of question: How are we going to keep the faith and abide in joy, when the trials come? Fortunately, Scripture is not silent on this issue. And in 1 Peter 1:6–9 we find a number of truths related to salvation, joy, faith, trials, and perseverance. Writing to a people whose faith was being tested and lives being threatened, Peter teaches us how we can have abiding joy in our salvation and hope of eternal glory. On Sunday, we will consider these truths to see what they say to us about God, his salvation, and way he purifies our faith and prepares us for glory. As you have time, read over 1 Peter 1 again. Pray for God to use these words of truth to bolster our faith. And if you have an extra 10 minutes, take time to read this selection from Jonathan Edwards on 1 Peter 1:8. I hope to see you Sunday, as the Lord allows. For Christ’s Glory and your joy, Pastor David ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Discussion & Response Questions for 1 Peter 1:6-9 1. Read vv. 1-9 for context, and then we’ll focus on vv. 6-9. What is the object of rejoicing in verse 6? 2. Do you experience joy in the midst of trials? How does joy and grief fit together? Is it possible to have both? 3. What are dangers to guard against when experiencing grief and suffering? 4. What value is placed on “the tested genuineness of your faith”? How might this shape our understanding of trials? 5. How does what is seen and unseen relate to our joy and faith? 6. What will be revealed? What is the end and outcome of these things that will be revealed? 7. What does it look like to frame our suffering with the gospel? 8. What might be right and wrong ways to counsel someone who’s suffering? 9. How might Peter’s instruction in verses 6-9 serve as a model for us?

More from 1 Peter

10. Sojourners and Citizens under the Lordship of Christ (1 Peter 2:11-17)

Sermon • April 11, 2021 • Ben Purves

Dear OBC Family, “Submit to government. Live as people who are free. Love the fellowship. Fear God.” How do these fit together, and what does it look like for us to be faithful as servants of the Lord? This Sunday we will consider the Lordship of Christ, our temporary status as sojourners and exiles, and the Christian’s relationship to church and state. Sunday’s worship services will be indoors at 8:30 and 11:00am, and Sunday School and Discover OBC will meet at 10:00am. I look forward to seeing you then. May the Lord be glorified in our church family! Pastor Ben -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Discussion & Response Questions for 1 Peter 2:11-17 1. How does the Christian’s status as a sojourner and exile relate to the Lordship of Christ and submission to human government? 2. Consider the apostle Peter’s life and ministry. In what ways did he live out submission to government? 3. How is the Lordship of Christ the basis for our submission to others? 4. What responsibility is given to government? What does submission look like? (2:14, 20; 4:15) 5. What is the intended effect of honorable conduct and righteous living (2:12, 15)? Is it possible to live in such a way that one does not suffer persecution? (2:12, 15; 3:13-7; 4:3-5, 12-14) 6. How is the fear of God distinct from the honor due to human government? 7. Notice Peter’s emphasis on loving the “brotherhood” (our fellowship as brothers and sisters in Christ). How is this related to the other imperatives of verse 17? 8. How does being a servant connect with the freedom we have in Christ? What is this freedom for? Do you consider yourself to be a servant of God (v. 16)? Why or why not? 9. How should the gospel shape our submission to government, our love for the church, and our fear of God?

9. Beholding the Resurrection of Christ ... In Eternity and Time (1 Peter 1:20-21; 2:4-10)

Sermon • April 4, 2021 • David Schrock

Every Sunday we gather to celebrate the Lord’s resurrection. Sunday is the Lord’s Day because Jesus rose from the grave on the first day of the week. Instead of working six days to get one day of rest, as under the old covenant, the new covenant begins the week with resurrection and rest in Christ. The six days of our work week proceed from Christ’s finished work. Still, on the Christian calendar, this Sunday is the day when we celebrate the culmination of Holy Week. Friday remembers the death of Christ, and tonight we will gather at 7:00pm to celebrate Good Friday. Saturday remembers Christ’s burial and the sense of loss that stood between the cross and resurrection. And finally, Sunday celebrates the cosmos-shattering, justification-granting resurrection—what is often called Easter. This Sunday we will gather outside to proclaim out loud and in public that Jesus is Alive. He has risen from the dead. He is risen indeed. And he is worthy of our gathered worship. If you remember, last Easter we did not gather. Still assessing the situation of COVID-19 we sheltered at home and celebrated independently. But this year, as COVID and fear of COVID continue to rise and fall around us, we will gather on Sunday to celebrate the only vaccine for death—the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Outside, at 10:00am, we will sing songs, read Scripture, pray, celebrate three baptisms, hear Scripture preached, take communion, and sing more songs. Truly, we have a wonderful God who deserves everlasting worship. And Sunday we will gather to proclaim this together. In preparation, please pray for our service and those friends, family, and guests who have been invited. Take time to read the events of Holy Week—Mark 11–16 is a good place to begin. And on Sunday, come early and bring your camping chairs. We expect a good number of visitors, so if you can arrive in one car (instead of three), please do so. Additionally, there will be some parking down Springwoods, so consider dropping off family and then parking to leave space for others in our parking lot. Last thing: sunglasses, warm clothes, a bottle of water, and allergy medicine might all be helpful for you as we return to service outdoors. (FYI: After Easter, we will continue inside until the month of May). For this Sunday, I am super excited to rejoin you outside. May God be pleased to give us great weather that matches the great and gracious gospel of Jesus Christ. For indeed, his gospel is great and on Sunday we will extol the greatness of his grace and truth. I hope to see you then. For His Glory and your joy, Pastor David -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Discussion & Response Questions 1 Peter and the Resurrection of Christ 1. What does 1 Peter teach us about the resurrection (see 1:3–5, 23–25; 2:6–8; 3:21–22)? 2. Does Peter speak directly about the resurrection or does he include the resurrection into other discussions? If the latter, what does that teach us about the resurrection and its place in our lives and conversations? 3. How did God bring about the cross of Christ? What do you learn about God by considering the resurrection in eternity and time? 4. What are ways the resurrection changed the world (think cosmic powers and redemptive history)? Why is it important to understand the cross and resurrection in the story of the world before making a personal application? 5. What are ways the resurrection changed your life? What is most encouraging to you as you think about Christ’s resurrection? 6. If the resurrection did not occur, would it still be worth living the Christian life? Why or why not? 7. How does suffering and persecution increase our appreciation for the resurrection? Why is the resurrection necessary for obedience—especially in the face of opposition? 8. What other truths in 1 Peter 1–2 have encouraged you recently?

8. A Priestly Calling: Crossing the Dividing Line with the Gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:1-12)

Sermon • March 28, 2021 • David Schrock

When Christ entered Jerusalem, many cheered and many others jeered. And ever since his triumphal entry, he has divided humanity by means of his gospel of grace. This Sunday we will consider the way Christ splits humanity and how to find our identity in him. In 1 Peter 2:1-12 we find a whole heap of identity markers for Christians along with instructions for living as children of God, living stones, and holy priests. In preparation for Sunday, read 1 Peter 2 and pray for God to strengthen us in our identity in Christ such that we can proclaim his excellencies even with great opposition to Christ. For as we will see, Christ’s enemies still exist today and we are called to love them, such that they might be brought from darkness and death to life. And this is all for the glory of the one who loves us! May God have mercy on us all as we gather to worship him this Sunday. For His Glory and your joy, Pastor David -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Discussion & Response Questions for 1 Peter 2:1-12 1. How does 2:1-3 connect with the previous context of the new birth (1:22-25)? What does it look like for the Christian to hunger for, taste, drink, and grow? Have you seen this in your own growth in Christ? 2. Consider Jesus (vv. 4-8). What is the relationship of Jesus to the church? 3. Consider Jesus (v. 4). What truths of Christ become true for those who are in Christ (vv. 5, 9) 4. How is Peter reading and using the Old Testament? 5. What kind of life and ministry should flow from the saints identity in Christ? 6. What does it look like for the church to live as sojourners and exiles? 7. “When they speak against you as evildoers.” How does the world speak of the church in this way? How is Peter equipping the church for this event? 8. How ought we to respond to these realities of our identity in Christ?