An Example

Jack Roeda

READ : 1 Peter 2:18-25 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. (v. 21 NIV) As followers of Jesus we are called to continue to do good even while we suffer unjustly. In trying circumstances, it is extremely tempting either to return evil for evil, lashing out and hating, or to sink into passivity, fueling a slow burn and growing bitter. But we are called, instead, …

Sinful Desires

Jack Roeda

READ : 1 Peter 2:11-17 Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. (v. 11 NIV) We’re warned to abstain from sinful desires, but what makes a desire sinful? It’s not the object of the desire, necessarily, whether it be money or sex or power. It’s the excessiveness of the desire. Desires are sinful when they are so strong, so inflamed, that the thing desired becomes, …

Remember

Jack Roeda

READ : 1 Peter 2:9-12 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God. (v. 9 NIV) A respected Old Testament scholar, Walter Brueggeman, thinks the church suffers from amnesia. We forget whose we are and how we got to be whose we are. And we minimize the hope to which we’ve been called. It doesn’t stir our souls. We forget. One reason we forget is that the demands of the immediate …

The Living Stone

Jack Roeda

READ : 1 Peter 2:4-8 As you come to him, the living Stone . . . you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house. (vv. 4-5 NIV) Jesus is the living Stone. In him is the life of the new creation, and by being united to him we share in that life. This remarkable Stone was rejected by the world, but just as a lower court’s decision is sometimes overturned by a higher court, so the …

Love One Another

Jack Roeda

READ : 1 Peter 1:22-2:3 . . . so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. (v. 22 NIV) Is there another religion that places as great a premium on love as the Christian faith? Our salvation is so relational. We have a table in the center of our worship life around which we gather as brothers and sisters, children of the heavenly Father. Peter reminds us that this love for each …

A Reverent Fear

Jack Roeda

READ : 1 Peter 1:17-21 Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. (v. 17 NIV) Reverent fear is a fear filled with awe. It’s living with a deep-struck recognition of the presence of God in our lives. It’s the most comprehensive term describing our spiritual lives. Charles Tayd in A Secular Age quotes someone who was overtaken by the presence of God in nature. “I remember …