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Living With Hope

The Book of 1 Peter

Clothed in Humility

1 Peter 5:1-14 • June 28, 2020 • Matt Porter

When it comes to living under authority, our pride often gets in the way of humble submission. But the Church is to be a witness to the kingdom of God and how authority ultimately should be exercised. When we humble ourselves and trust God’s plan, we find that God graciously relieves our anxiety.

The Path to Glory

1 Peter 4:12-19 • June 21, 2020 • Matt Porter

We often view suffering as something to be avoided at all costs. But there is purpose in our trials. God uses them to refine us, to make us into the type of people He is wanting to create, and bring us to glory.

Live Each Day Like it's Your Last

1 Peter 4:7-11 • June 14, 2020 • Matt Porter

How are we loving one another? And not just those who are easy to love or who look and think like us, but those who are difficult? At the end of the day, will we be known for how we loved and served selflessly, trusting God to supply us with the grace we need to live in this way?

For Christ's Sake, Stop Sinning

1 Peter 4:1-6 • June 7, 2020 • Matt Porter

What marks a Christian apart from others? Is it simply our good works? If our motivation toward good works comes from ourselves, we will eventually find ourselves operating from a place of shame or pride. But if our motivation is rooted in the Gospel, we will discover the freedom in knowing that our good works have nothing to do with us at all.

Jesus and Injustice

1 Peter 3:18-22 • May 31, 2020 • Matt Porter

Our world is broken and reeling from the reality of injustice. Fully aware of our inability to save ourselves, Jesus - the Righteous - came to save the unrighteous. And this injustice is the only true means to genuine and lasting peace.

To This You Were Called

1 Peter 3:8-17 • May 24, 2020 • Matt Porter

Our spiritual unity, and ultimately our Christian witness, is found in the way we respond to suffering for the glory of God.

Counter-Cultural Honor (Pt 2)

1 Peter 3:7 • May 17, 2020 • Matt Porter

The way of Jesus often puts us in conflict with prevailing cultural norms. This includes God’s specific design for men and women in the home. Where we can often view ourselves as “little gods” deserving of honor, Jesus frees us to live in ways that honor one another as humble servants.

Counter-Cultural Honor (Pt 1)

1 Peter 3:1-6 • May 10, 2020 • Matt Porter

The way of Jesus often puts us in conflict with prevailing cultural norms. This includes God’s specific design for men and women in the home. Where we can often view ourselves as “little gods” deserving of honor, Jesus frees us to live in ways that honor one another as humble servants.

Fight for Your Right

1 Peter 2:13-25 • May 3, 2020 • Matt Porter

Our pride ultimately is a restricting authority that enslaves us in a mindset of self-preservation. Christ frees us from that authority and enables us to live in humble submission to our earthly authorities.

Living Stones

1 Peter 2:4-12 • April 26, 2020 • Matt Porter

Our identity - “who we are” - is often rooted in what we can accomplish and produce - “what we do.” But when we come to realize that God has chosen us as His child, we discover that both our identity and purpose comes from Him.

1 Peter 1:17-2:3

1 Peter 1:17-2:3 • April 19, 2020 • Matt Porter

Prepared for Action

1 Peter 1:13-16 • April 5, 2020 • Matt Porter

1 Peter 1:7-10

1 Peter 1:7-10 • March 29, 2020 • Matt Porter

Our Living Hope

1 Peter 1:1-6 • March 22, 2020 • Matt Porter

When we find ourselves in a position of facing uncertainty and trials, we can endure knowing that our inheritance does not come from anything we construct. Our ability to rejoice - even now - comes through the resurrection of Jesus and the eternal inheritance offered to us through Him.