Grace Means...Mercy

1 Peter 2:1-10 Let ’ s review briefly a couple details that we have covered so far in the book of 1 Peter. First, at the beginning of his letter, Peter speaks of the wonderful salvation given by God and in which all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ partake. This salvation is mysterious and wonderful beyond words or comprehension. Since we receive this salvation freely by grace, Peter calls on us to respond by living lives set apart to God, not conforming to our former lusts. Speaking of living holy lives, Peter swings back around to speaking of the glories of our salvation. However, this time he tells of the living, abiding Word of God by which we have been saved. He ends the first chapter by contrasting humanity with the spoken (or written) word of God. The word of God never changes or fades, but we people sure do. We are like grass - here today, gone tomorrow. It was the written word of God (the spoken word) that was “ good newsed ” to us and by which we came to know the

Grace Means...Godliness

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)

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