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Grace Means...Godliness

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1 Peter 1:13-25 A quick recap of what we have seen so far in Peter:  1. We are chosen and sanctified by the grace of God 2. Grace means salvation. (A living hope, a precious faith, and a firm foundation) As the songwriter says: Wonderful Grace of Jesus, greater than all my sin; How shall my tongue describe it, Where shall its praise begin? Taking away my burden, setting my spirit free; O the Wonderful Grace of Jesus reaches me! Peter 1:12 ends with the words, “...things which angels desire to look into.” These are the things our salvation is made of. Peter also describes our faith as “more precious than gold.” Think about it! Without Jesus, we are condemned to suffer in burning, conscious torment forever and ever and ever. However, because of God's grace, every person on this planet is offered a home in paradise forever and ever and ever. That’s it in a nutshell. However, the world is not simple. Creation is a complex, mysterious thing. Some parts of creation ar

Grace Means…Salvation (Guest Blogger - Jonathan Eash)

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1 Peter 1:3-12 Currently, we are in a series going through 1 Peter. Last week, Pastor Joe talked about how we are a people that were once separated from God and alone in the world. However, by the grace of God, we have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus and made a people set apart for God and alien to this world. This week we will be in 1 Peter 1:3-12, which says… 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than

Grace Means

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1 Peter 1:1-2 This short book is a letter written by the Apostle Peter to the Christians scattered throughout Asia Minor. I want to start by giving some of Peter’s personal history. When I began to do this, I liked what Jamieson-Fausset-Brown had already done. So, I want to clarify that I am indebted to their commentary for the outline of Peter’s life. Peter’s given name was Simon. The name Peter was a nickname given to Him by Jesus, and we will cover the meaning of that name as we go.  Peter was born and raised in a town called Bethsaida on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. His father’s name was “Jonas,” “Jonah,” or “John.” Jonas was a fisherman, and Peter and his brother Andrew helped their father in the family fishing business. The business seems to have been in Capernaum. Peter was married and lived in Capernaum. Tradition says that his wife’s name was “Concordia” or “Perpetua.” Matthew, Mark, and Luke tell us that Peter’s wife’s mother, his mother-in-law, was healed of a