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9/ 9

Becoming a People of: Freedom

Rob Schrumpf

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Having established our identity as the people living hope, now the question: “How do we live in this world? What are the ways and means, the priorities and purposes? Peter reminds them and us that we are sojourners, dual citizens of heaven and earth with our hope and inheritance housed in heaven and our ‘every good endeavor’ being played out in the stuff and everydayness of earth (academics, work, relationships, stewardship, etc.) This connects to the discussion on holiness as well - our purpose is essentially to reveal who God is and what He has done by showing a new way of being human that translates to every part of life. If Jesus is our authority it frees us to honor everyone, to submit or giving ‘grace-full’ respect to people in positions of power and to suffer their ridicule because we are walking with Jesus, the one who Himself submitted to suffering and death in order to bring us life and freedom.

9/ 2

Becoming a People of: Purpose

Rick Whitlock

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How do we grow spiritually? Peter answers this question in the early parts of 1 Peter 2 by giving three images that describe our growth in the salvation God has given: spiritual milk (2:2), spiritual house (2:5), and spiritual sacrifices (2:5). Peter seeks to show us how the hope and holiness described in chapter 1 are integrated into our lives as God’s people who’ve received his mercy and salvation. He shows that salvation is less like a train ticket to heaven and much more like how children grow into adulthood. Salvation is something you grow in, and ultimately we grow through desiring God’s Word, receiving God’s Honor, and offering God’s forgiving love to others. Rather than perpetuating the ill will, lying, fakeness, envy, and slander that characterizes our attitudes, thoughts, feelings, behaviors and actions, we live to extend God’s honor to one another. We honor one another as God honored us — though we rejected him, he accepted us.
 
Other Scriptures Referenced: 1 Peter 1:3-4, 22-25; 2:21-25; Psalm 34:12-14.

8/26

Becoming a People of: Holiness

Rob Schrumpf

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In light of our identity as Chosen Exiles who have been promised a Living Hope and eternal inheritance, Peter begins to address how we live it out and gives four initial commands or imperatives: 1) set your hope fully on the grace of Jesus, 2) be holy, 3) love one another earnestly, and 4) crave what nourishes your new life in Christ. Our actions, behaviors, and habits always follow what we desire. When our hope was set on things of this world, our motivations and actions (selfishness, self-promotion, self-pity) would follow suit (conform to the world), but when our hope is anchored to the One who is Life, all other desires wain and/or find their alignment and fulfillment in Him and His promises. Holiness paired with trust (not simply duty) is the response to His love and redemptive work on the cross. Faith is the anchor that holds us to the hope and faith deepens, gets refined and reframed in the midst of suffering, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, as we continue to taste and see His goodness, as we continue to grow toward maturity through abiding in His Word. 

 

8/19

Becoming a People of: Hope

Rob Schrumpf

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This is the intro of 1 Peter and our theme for the year, specifically that our hope is grounded in the reality of Christ and the Resurrection. It is a hope that is anchored, so we can have confidence, joy, and purpose; even in the midst of suffering and hardship. This is a letter about the identity, calling, and holiness of each believer as well as the church community, about cultural navigation and engagement, about the essence of faith and the Gospel. As Chosen Exiles who have been given a Living Hope, we are called to “Set your hope completely on the grace given us.”

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