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Living Out Hope - 1Peter 1:17-25
Transcript of Living Out Hope - 1Peter 1:17-25
Living Out Hope
Q: What place does fear have in the Christian life?
Q:What are the pathologies common to Christian culture (in your experience)?
loving purity for the sake of loving others
Q: What would the lack of appropriate fear look like?
you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially,
your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
pathologies of culture
God’s holiness is his ability to maintain his utterly unique identity, while loving and coming into contact with an impure world.
How do Christians live out their hope?
The Logic of 1 Peter
God acts: choosing
Reckoning the Cost of Ransom.
“Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” (Luke 7:44–48 NIV11)
Live Grace, Live out Hope
you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other,
one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For, “All people are like grass,and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.
Q: Why does Peter seem to command something (love) that he says they’re already doing (you have love)?
What do you think fake love would look like in your Uni Group? Why is it a temptation?
I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away".
For, “All people are like grass,and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.
How do Christians keep their culture?
Letter of 1 Peter
How do we fit in and stand out?
How do we relate to the people around us?
God is our Father... therefore live
what does it mean to live out holiness?
1. makes us stop caring about sin, kills true discipleship.
2. makes us overvalue our own performance
3. makes us think we are entitled
purify = holy-ify