The Apostle of HopeSpeaker:
Dr. Danny Campbell
This young convert was deeply impressed and determined to make these the rules of his life. From that day onward throughout his life he made it a rule to spend the first moments of his day alone with God and God's Word. Before he read a letter, looked at a paper or even read a telegram, he went first to the Bible, that the first impression of the day might be what he got directly from God.
- Series: 1 Peter Teaching
- Scripture: 1 Peter 1:1-12
The Apostle of Hope I Peter 1:1-2
His name was Simon, but Jesus had changed it to Peter, which means Rock. Jesus saw beyond what Simon had been to what he would become – one of the key leaders of the early church.
Peter speaks of Jesus as the sole Cornerstone of our faith, not himself. He also speaks of __________ believers as living stones; then he says all believers are a holy priesthood, demolishing any sacramental distinction between clergy and laity. -I Peter 2:4-6
An apostle is an official representative authorized by the One sending them. There are not apostles today the way that Peter and Paul and others were: authorized to write ________________ in fulfilment of John 16:12-15 (2 Cor. 12:12).
“The word is used of those who are temporary residents, not permanent settlers in the land; who have a deep attachment and a higher allegiance in another sphere.” -Linguistic Key to the Greek New Testament (Rienecker/ Rogers)
These Christians were facing temporary circumstances that Peter describes as fiery ordeals. In 5 brief chapters, Peter refers to ___________________ at least 15 times using 8 different words – an average of 3 references per chapter. He is writing to give them eternal hope in the midst of their temporary struggles!
Even before verse one ends, Peter shows us how good _____________ is to undergird Christian experience.
“You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit.” –John 15:16
Hope for Peter is not a sedative, but a shot of adrenaline! -Warren Wiersbe