The End is Near (1 Peter 4:1-11)

Sunday 07/06/2020

Driving with Jock was hair-raising! Distances didn’t bother him. He’d drive 10, 12 hours without a worry! But turning did. He injured his neck some years before I met him. But that didn’t stop him! So, pulling up to an intersection, his co-pilot would say, “Clear left” to save him having to turn both ways to check for oncoming traffic.

Some people go through life like that. They race forwards, barely turning left or right, and never lifting their heads above the horizon. You wouldn’t want to get in the way!

The problem is: stiff-necked people can’t turn their heads to love and serve the people God loves. It’s all talk but no willingness to lose what we value so that others will benefit from the good news.

And stiff-necked people can’t lift their heads above the horizon to see what God has done for us in Christ and how we should glorify Him. Being stiff-necked means we won’t bow before God. It’s refusing to change our ways even though He commands it.

But God tells us here that when we do lift our heads, we’ll see that Christ is coming soon. And that has to change how we live.

So, can we loosen our stiff necks? Can we actually live differently to those who ignore that the end is near? And what difference will that make?

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Always Be Ready (1 Peter 3:13-18)

Sunday 31/05/2020

I’m fascinated by stories about people in witness protection. They arrive in town with new identities, hiding their real lives out of fear for their own safety. Christian, are you in witness protection? Do you think you can follow Jesus but not talk about it?

Maybe you’re afraid that if people know you’re a Christian, they won’t like you or will make life hard for you.

Or maybe you think, “If people ask me about being a Christian, I won’t know what to say.”

Is that you? It’s me sometimes. But God tells us that we don’t have to be in witness protection. We can be ready to speak about Jesus. And we should be!

So, can you and I speak about Jesus in a way that’s natural and persuasive, and won’t just get people angry at us?

Here in 1 Peter 3, God tells us that we can be ready to speak about Jesus. He tells us how we can be ready and how we should speak.

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Loving Life (1 Peter 3:8-22)

Sunday 24/05/2020

Have you been enjoying the isolation of the past couple of months too much? Even before the arrival of COVID-19, the statistics showed that around 10% of Australians of all ages were socially isolated.

Why does that happen? There are no simple answers, but a lot of the time it’s a breakdown in relationships. ‘I’ve been hurt so often, even when I haven’t done anything wrong.’ But if we cut ourselves off from everyone who hurts us, who will we have left?

You might not disconnect completely. You hide in plain sight. You just go along with whatever people say so you won’t get hurt.

Or you can give as good as you get. But that makes you no better than them. And Christians are called to be different.

‘I know I shouldn’t take revenge, but how can I resist it?’ We should treat others the way we want to be treated (Leviticus 19:18 & Mark 12:31). But that’s hard. It’s much easier to say, “Well, they did it to me! I’ll do it back!” But repaying evil with evil makes me evil.

God promises us the solution to our suffering and help to escape the cycle of revenge.

Are Christians doomed to being mistreated? It might feel like it. But God tells us something different. He says ‘You were called to inherit a blessing’. That’s why we must never repay evil with evil: because God blesses us in Jesus!

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Love and Respect (1 Peter 3:1-7) Part 2

Sunday 17/05/2020

Here in 1 Peter, God has been showing us that He changes all of our relationships when He makes us citizens of His worldwide, eternal kingdom (2:9-10). We’ve seen how that changes our life in society and at work. Now it’s about marriage. So, how should a Christian’s marriage be different?

We saw last time that the responsibility for good and Godly relationships belongs to both husbands and wives.

Wives need to respect and honour their husbands. They help their husbands honour God in the way the lead the family, and they help their husbands be honoured by God by helping them follow Christ.

We noticed last time that even though there were 6 verses about women, but there’s only 1 about men. But there will be more about men’s role in the home when we get to the qualifications for elders in chapter 5.

So, if you think they men get off lightly here, just wait! And the reality is that the bar is set very high for husbands (and for all men). So, what do husbands need to hear? Husband, love and honour your wife (v7).

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Love and Respect (1 Peter 3:1-7) Part 1

Sunday 10/05/2020

We all want good relationships. And that’s especially so with marriage.

We know good relationships when we see them. And we experience many relationships that are not good. And if we’re honest, we have to admit that we’re to blame at least some of the time.

Here in 1 Peter, God has been showing us that He changes all of our relationships when He makes us citizens of His worldwide, eternal kingdom (2:9-10). We’ve seen how that changes our life in society and at work. Now it’s about marriage. So, how should a Christian’s marriage be different?

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