Your Are MADE for This

Begins Sunday, April 24

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Series Description - You Are MADE for This

Walking Through Peter’s Letter

You who believe and belong to Jesus sure are a strange bunch. You claim to love a crucified king, and you follow in his footsteps. Even when you’re ridiculed for it, even when it costs you financially, even when you’re threatened with harm, you remain true to him. Then you rejoice and bless your offenders. It makes us wonder about you! And you say you were chosen by God for this? Yes, you certainly are a peculiar people. 


Message Descriptions


April 24

Tested by Fire

1 Peter 1:1-9

“But for now.” Those can be potent words, can’t they? As Jesus’s chosen people, we’ve received a new birth in this life, and we’re promised a glorious future in the life to come. But for now--for a little while--we suffer many trials. Our faith gets tested. It is purified and proven genuine, like gold refined by fire.

 

May 1

A Third-Day Christian

1 Peter 1:13-23

Peter talks about faith and hope. In this we have a choice to make. We can either live our lives in quiet desperation and confused chaos, or we can live with hope-filled faith. Let’s choose the latter.

 

May 8

God’s Chosen Stones

1 Peter 2:4-10

Imagine you’re a builder, creating a stone structure as a place of worship. You start with one well-chosen stone--the cornerstone. All other stones align with it. God is the master builder, Jesus is the cornerstone, and we are God’s chosen stones, built into his temple of priestly people. Welcome to the rock club!

 

May 15

Follow in His Steps

1 Peter 2:11-25

The world practices retaliation: eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. But Jesus modeled a remarkably different way. He had the power to punish his persecutors, but he left it to God’s final judgment. And one of the most radical ways we can follow in Jesus’s steps is by forsaking retaliation and leaving justice to God.

 

May 22

An Attractive Spouse

1 Peter 3:1-7

What if you belong to Jesus but your spouse does not? How can you draw them toward the Lord? Peter says it’s not by trying to look like a model in a magazine. He says it’s simply by showing them respect and serving them with kindness. And maybe, just maybe, they will be “won over without words.”

 

May 29

Surprise With Blessing

1 Peter 3:8-18

We’ve already learned that Jesus’s people are to avoid retaliation. Now Peter tells us to respond opposite of those who oppose us. When you receive insult, reply with blessing. When you’re treated hurtfully, respond helpfully. And even if it doesn’t change your situation, at least you’ll have a clear conscience.

 

June 5

Suffering Over Sinning

1 Peter 4:1-5, 12-19

Elite athletes punish their bodies. They lift heavy weights. They push the limits of their cardio capacity. They endure all this suffering, so that when the real competition begins, they’re prepared. Peter says this is what happens when we endure suffering for Jesus. It prepares us. Then when temptation strikes – and it will – we’re ready to suffer rather than sin.

 

June 12

Happy to Be Humble

1 Peter 5:1-7

What do leaders look like in Jesus’s family? They’re under-shepherds of the head shepherd. They care for others and serve willingly, without trying to elevate their own status. They’d rather be an example for people than their boss. They’re not looking for their own reward. But when Jesus returns, their humility will be honored.

 

June 19

VBS Sunday – ONE service

 

June 26

Resist Firmly

1 Peter 5:8-14

Hopefully, you’ll never be confronted with an aggressive predator, like an angry bear or hungry mountain lion. But if you are, you want to know how to respond. Do you run or hold your ground? Do you shout or remain quiet? Do you wave your arms or play dead? Peter says there’s a spiritual predator on the prowl who wants to defeat your faith and effectiveness for Jesus. How will you respond?