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Whether it is overt persecution or subtle pressures, Christians have always faced trials in this world, and our culture is no exception. The book of 1 Peter offers us encouragement by reminding us of our identity as chosen sojourners and commending us to continue to do good.

June 13, 2022

Do you know who you are? In this message Dr. John introduces a new series on the book of 1 Peter. Persecution of Christians was growing under Nero, so Peter reminds them of their identity as exiles called by the Triune God.

June 14, 2022

Even in the midst of persecution, Christians are the most blessed people in the world because of the living hope of eternity that we have in Christ. Dr. John teaches on our salvation, glory to come, and praising God in suffering.

June 15, 2022

What is faith? In this message Dr. John discusses the assurance that believers have and the rich history of the Old Testament prophets writing of the suffering and salvation of the Messiah, fulfilled in Jesus.

June 16, 2022

How do we live as Christians who are called in a world of such opposition? In this message Dr. John walks us through the 3 commands Peter gives: Keep putting your hope in Jesus, don’t be conformed to this world, and be holy.

June 17, 2022

In today’s passage Peter gives the motivation for holy living, including a holy fear of God and our eternal redemption. Dr. John explains what the fear of God really is and the difference between punishment and discipline from God.

June 20, 2022

As we continue in our study of 1 Peter, Dr. John discusses the calling that all Christians have to earnestly and sincerely love our fellow believers. It’s the result of Christ’s work in our hearts, but we must take care to maintain it.

June 21, 2022

The great temples of the earth will all crumble and fade, but the Spiritual House of Christ will last forever. Like Christ, all who believe are eternally living stones that build this House together, as we sacrifice our very selves in love.

June 22, 2022

In a world of such opposition, who are we as believers? Today Dr. John looks at Christian identity according to Peter. We were all saved from sin to be God’s people in the world and to act like it, fighting the flesh and doing good.

June 23, 2022

How are Christians to respond to the government, even when it is opposed to us? What does our freedom in Christ really mean for how we act? Today we learn from 1 Peter what it means for us to honour, submit, and do good.

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