Many Christians live their life expecting it to be a story full of glory. When it isn't, we are often confused and frustrated. As Peter wraps up his letters to the exiles in Asia Minor, Pastor John explores Jesus' glory story and how we walk through it.
In emergency situations, there are certain things you must do to survive. Pastor John opens ch. 4 to show Peter's three tips for surviving as a follower of Jesus in a culture that doesn't like Christians.
Pastor John moves into a new section in 1 Peter, where after Peter has spent time telling us who we are as God's people in Christ, he gives us a strategy for engaging the world...a strategy of resistance. Towards the end of the sermon, Pastor John shows a video to explain the context of Peter's instructions to slaves. To watch that video, Google "Bible Project 1 Peter". When we read the text with 21st century eyes rather than 1st century, we miss what Peter is saying.
Reflecting on the continued pressures that Christians face in today's culture, Pastor John shares how we are tempted to put down each other, check out from the church, brush off who we are called to be, or blend in with the culture. But the answer isn't found down, out, off, or in, but UP as through the Gospel we grow UP, are built UP, back UP, stand UP, and certainly don't shut UP.
Pastor John guest preaches at Gospel Fellowship. In a tumultuous time where many cultural narratives oppose the Gospel of Jesus, why would we share Jesus? By exploring "The Christ Hymn", a work of art meant to show the beauty and glory of Jesus, Pastor John shows us that it is crazy that everyone everywhere isn't worshiping Jesus.