Confronting the Culture (1 Peter 1:13-2:3)
Part of the All In - Tested By Fire series, preached at a Sunday Online service
1 Peter 1:13–2:3 (Listen)
13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for
“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.”
And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
2:1 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
All In - Tested By Fire
Confronting the Culture
I Peter 1:13-2:3
How do you address the issues of the day?
Confronting culture requires:
*Never forget you are the salt and light in the culture that allows others to see Jesus in our day!
*Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. vs.13
*Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a since love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart. vs. 22
*If you have tasted the kindness of the Lord. 2:3
I. Essential personal choices - vs.13-16
A. Prepare - Your minds - Ready for action
B. Keep - sober in spirit - Never lose control of thoughts
C. Fix - your hope - Faith beyond emotions
D. Choose-holiness - Align your behavior
II. Daily conduct - vs. 17
A. Choose to live in awe of Him
B. Call on Him as your father
III. Maintain an eternal focus - vs.18-21
A. Ransomed by His blood
B. Resurrection power gives us faith and hope
IV. Live in obedience and love - vs.22-2:3
A. Keep your soul pure
B. Choose to live fervently
C. Act on His Word
D. Long for His kindness
Will you choose to impact the culture?