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Sermon Quotes: "Postscript"

“Silas was an influential person in the early church…yet his highest commendation is that he was a faithful brother. Silas was such a man-content to take a subordinate place and faithful to carry out the responsibilities that fell to him. The church desperately needs men like Silas who will work quietly in the supportive roles of Christian ministry.” Rob...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Postscript"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Postscript, given on October 15, 2017.   As Peter closes his first letter, he shifts to a divinely inspired “postscript” that presents both a personal recommendation and his final pastoral instruction. Here, Peter takes time to highlight the care he has received from two brothers who have served him well....

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Unexpected Delight"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Unexpected Delight, given on October 8, 2017.   Grace was one of Peter's favorite words. He wanted to make sure that his readers knew that the gracious disposition of God toward sinners was the ultimate mystery in the Bible. The implications of this reality are enormous as we consider the fact that our sin deserves n...

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Sermon Quotes: "Unexpected Delight"

“The grace of God is love freely shown toward guilty sinners, contrary to their merit and indeed in defiance of their demerit. It is God showing goodness to persons who deserve only severity and had no reason to expect anything but severity. Once a person is convinced that his state and need are as described, the New Testament gospel of grace cannot but sweep him off...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Resist Your Adversary"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Resist Your Adversary, given on September 24, 2017.   Have you ever faced a bully? You know, someone who tries to intimidate you? When you think of facing a bully, how do you feel (sad, angry, depressed, frightened)? How should our perspective change knowing that Jesus has already beaten the most ferocious bully we c...

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Sermon Quotes: "Resist Your Adversary"

“Worry is condemned, but watchfulness is demanded.” Edmond Hiebert “One of the most dangerous things in the world would be to think that we are not in any danger, which is the mistake Peter made.” Phil Ryken “Satan cannot ultimately destroy a Christian believer. But he is well able to destroy our assurance and our joy-our pleasure in the gos...

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Sermon Quotes: "Because He Cares For You"

“The temptation of the younger is impatience with the elders not perceiving the wisdom of the elders.” Peter Davids “With such power and status at his disposal, we might have expected him to defeat the devil in an immediate and flashly confrontation, and to devastate Judas with an unstoppable blast of divine wrath. Instead, he washes his disciples feet, ...

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Sermon Quotes: "Shepherding God's Flock"

“The elders are to serve, not for their own satisfaction in the job, but as glad volunteers in God’s service.” J.N.D. Kelly “The greatest threat to your ministry, dear brothers, is that you lose your joy in God.” John Piper “The elder has authority; he is called to exercise a shepherd’s oversight. Christ the Chief Shepherd (5:4) ...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "A Theology of Suffering"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A Theology of Suffering, given on September 3, 2017.   This week, CJ started his sermon with a question. Asking what we are afraid of leads to many answers, however the difficulties associated with suffering for the name of Jesus Christ rarely crosses the lips of a believer in our part of the world. But Peter reminds...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Theology of Suffering"

“The lack of opposition to the twenty-first century church should be a matter of concern.” Robert Mounce “When we suffer as Christians there is a sense in which we share in the sufferings of Christ. We partake of his sufferings, not by contributing to his atonement, but by following in his steps (2:21). As we suffer for Christ, we are linked to him. Our ...

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Sermon Quotes: "The End of the World"

“The end of all things is not a veiled phrase that means ‘the last moment of each of your lives.’ It is the end-the climax of human history that reveals the goal and purpose of the entire sequence of events from Adam to the return of Christ.” Robert Mounce “But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousan...

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Sermon Quotes: "Prepared to Suffer"

“The memory of their sinful past was to serve as a sharp goad against any tendency to relapse into that kind of living. The memory of the ignominy of their own past conduct was to undergird the readers present suffering for righteousness. A good sober backward look at the consequences of their past self-gratification should motivate them now to orient their lives aro...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Perplexing But Glorious Passage"

“A wonderful text is this, and a more obscure passage perhaps than any other in the New Testament, so that I do not know for a certainty just what Peter means…I cannot understand it and I cannot explain it. And there has been no one who has explained it.” Martin Luther “Our willingness to suffer for the sake of Christ is grounded in the wonder of ...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "An Underappreciated Passage"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, An Underappreciated Passage, given on July 23, 2017. As a Christian, how do you respond to your suffering? Trials come in various forms, but is there ever any trial Christians face that is peculiar to them simply becuase they are Christians? If so, how should we prepare to respond? This week, CJ reminded us that, in o...

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Sermon Quotes: "An Underappreciated Passage"

“Christians should not think it strange that they are called to endure persecution. Yet they must understand that suffering is not the opposite of blessing. Jesus had declared those to be blessed who suffer for righteousness (Mt. 5:11-12). That word of Jesus is more than a promise. It pronounces blessing. Those who will receive a heavenly reward are already blessed b...

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Sermon Quotes: "In the Presence of Your Enemies"

“The instruction and practice of Jesus and the apostles goes beyond a friendly disposition to active prayer and intercession. The great desire of Christians must not be revenge but for God to grant the gift of repentance to those who do not know him.” Edwin Blum “Christians are free from vindictiveness because they trust God’s justice; but they are...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "In the Presence of Your Enemies"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, In the Presence of Your Enemies, given on July 16, 2017.   Suffering persecution came with the calling of Christian in the early church. In today’s culture, we are no less confronted with persecution than our brothers and sisters of previous centuries. So what comes to your mind when you think of ways we should...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Humble Husband"

“…is not an analytical knowledge or religious insight…but personal insight that leads to loving and considerate care, whether in the bedroom or in other activities of marriage.” Peter Davids “It is quite a mistaken belief that, because a member of the family works for his living outside the home, he can treat it like a hotel when he comes h...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "A Humble Husband"

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This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, A Humble Husband, given on July 2, 2017. This week CJ drew out two commands from this verse for the Christian husband, a verse that is “dense in content and comprehensive in application”. He encouraged us to live with our wives with a continual desire to know them and to understand them. Also, we were commanded...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Beautiful Wife"

“She served her husband as her master, and did all she could to win him for You, speaking to him of You by her conduct, by which You made her beautiful…Finally, when her husband was at the end of his earthly span, she gained him for You.” Augustine “Biblical submission is the divine calling of the wife to honor and affirm her husband’s ...

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Sermon Quotes: "A Savior Like No Other"

“How did ancient slavery differ from modern slavery? Or more specifically, what distinguished Greco-Roman slavery from New World slavery? In the first century, slaves were not distinguishable from free persons by race, by speech, by clothing; they were sometimes more highly educated than their owners and held responsible professional positions; some persons sold them...

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Sermon Quotes: "Honor the Emperor"

“They carry another passport; they are on pilgrimage to the city of God.” Edmund Clowney “Good deeds, even though they may be misrepresented and defamed for the moment, are still the best answer to the opposition of a hostile world.” Robert Mounce “A Christian’s obligation to obey the law does not depend upon the moral virtue of the ...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "A People for God's Possession"

This post is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon, A People for God's Possession, given on May14, 2017.   We live in a culture that increasingly, not just rejects, but despises what we believe. In these times the wisdom of God, given to us through Peter, also writing to a people living in a hostile world, is more needed than ever. Peter reminds us that standing strong in...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Take Up and Read to Feel"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Take Up and Read to Feel, given on April 30, 2017.   As we continue our study of 1 Peter, we encounter something that is a surprise. God does not command us to read and study His word only out of sheer obedience. Instead, He exhorts us to engage our emotions – to crave His word like an infant craving his mother&rsqu...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Our Marching Order"

This post is based on C.J. Mahaney's sermon, Our Marching Order, given on March 26, 2017.   Because of the glory of what has been given to us in the gospel, Peter continues with a simple, familiar command. Echoing the words he personally heard our Savior say, he reminds us that just as God loved us, we are to love one another. Read 1 Peter 1:22-25 The call to lov...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Something Strange and Wonderful"

This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Something Strange and Wonderful, given on March 12, 2017.   Having just celebrated the magnificent saving work performed on our behalf by God Himself, Peter now transitions. Verse 13 begins with a “therefore.” In light of the unthinkable magnitude of all that God has done, this is how we, as His children, should...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Your Unusual Story"

This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Your Unusual Story, given on March 5, 2017.   As Peter continues to minister to his readers, he reminds them of the wonder of their salvation. Though times might be tough, there is reason for ultimate rejoicing because of what God has wrought in their lives. Peter reminds his readers, and us, that we should never lose sight...

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Sermon Quotes: "Your Unusual Story"

“Which means that Christ, the Son of God in heaven, has been contemplating his suffering and his death for us for centuries. Indeed as far back as the plan of salvation reaches in the mind of God, so far back has Christ been willing and ready to give himself for our sins. You were not loved for just a bloody moment of sacrifice in history. You have been loved for end...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Painful Yet Purposeful"

This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Painful Yet Purposeful, given on February 26, 2017.   Suffering is a theme that is woven throughout the fabric of Peter’s letter to those under his pastoral care. They were in pain. They were poor, grieving, and exiled from their native land. Ever the pastor, Peter, writes to remind them that their suffering is not in...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "What Hath God Wrought"

This post is based on Jeff Purswell's sermon, What Hath God Wrought, given on February 19, 2017.   The recipients of Peter’s letter were suffering. Many had lost their homes and friends and were forced to live in poverty in a foreign land. What a difficult time for these Christians! Peter begins his book by calling these suffering saints to remember what God h...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Meet the Readers"

This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Meet the Readers, given on February 12, 2017.   As we prepare to study 1 Peter, CJ took this Sunday to introduce us to the original readers of the letter. The recipients were “elect exiles.” When they came to know Christ, they became citizens of a different world. As such they were rejected and even persecuted b...

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Sermon Quotes: "Meet the Readers"

“In Greco-Roman eyes this person (a Gentile who had become a follower of Jesus) was rejecting the gods of the community and undermining the welfare of the city, and he had become antisocial (‘a hater of humanity’) and atheistic. The person was sometimes tolerated but also was often treated according to the local perception of their having become antisocia...

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Thursday Thoughts for Parents | "Meet the Author"

This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Meet the Author, given on Februrary 5, 2017.   As we prepare to be ministered to by the apostle Peter, CJ began our series by introducing us to the author of the book. Getting to know the author peaks our interest and whets our appetite for what God is going to teach us through his words. Let’s spend a few moments con...

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Sermon Summary and Discussion Questions | "Elders: Serving Under the Good Shepherd"

Introduction (1 Peter 5:1-4): Elder (spiritual maturity) = Pastor (caring/teaching) = Overseer (governing/ruling) Elders will stand before the throne and give account for the way they served the flock. (1 Timothy 4:16). Cultural and congregational pressure exists to conform pastors to expectations rather than biblical teaching. Outline: Significance (What) Peter...

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