The Prophetic Word

Peter reminds his audience that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not myth or fable but he and the Apostles are eyewitnesses to the glory of God. He refers to the transfiguration that he, James and John were presented for when they heard the voice of God the Father.

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Total Recall

Our series on 1 Peter is finished. Welcome to 2 Peter!

There are many similarities between the ministries and the letters written by Peter and Paul. Peter was the leader of the Christian church in Jerusalem, Paul’s letters were written to church plants and church leaders being mentored in Greek and Roman city-states of the Roman Empire. We are blessed to have such a large collection in the New Testament. The list of characteristics Peter wants his listeners to remember echoes the fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5.

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Shepherd the Flock; Resist the Devil

1 Peter 5 offers instructions for church elders and younger members; or in other words leaders and followers. Well known warning to be sober and vigilant for “your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” This is the end of our 1 Peter series.

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Gordon County Hunger Walk

Saturday October 5th, 2 pm, Black & Gold Park

This will be the 10th annual Gordon County Hunger Walk. The purpose of the event has always been to raise funds and raise awareness and we are making a bigger push than ever before to be more visible in the community. The event will be on a Saturday this year instead of a Sunday afternoon. We have already reached out to local businesses and started receiving donations and sponsorships. There will be an event t-shirt for sale this year for $20 and half of that purchase price goes directly to the cause. All money raised will be split evenly among four area food banks: Blewer Food Center, the VAC, God’s Pantry (at the 7th Day Adventist Church) and St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Pantry (St. Clements Catholic Church). There is no fee to register or walk, donations will be accepted the day of the walk. Walk will begin at the Black & Gold Park pavilion located at Hwy. 53 spur and McDaniel Station Rd. Water will be provided, walk happens rain or shine.

Click this link  to read our story in The Calhoun Times.

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Stewards of Grace

A steward takes care of something that doesn’t belong to him/her. We often speak of stewardship in terms of managing money but it applies to many things. We are the recipients of grace and must be good stewards for the benefit of others. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (1 Peter 4:10)

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Christ-like Suffering

We spend a bit of time on 1 Peter 3:15, the basis for Christian apologetics, before getting to Christ suffered once for all sins. Expect a blog post in a day or two on why the Encyclopedia of Apologetics is on my bookshelf.

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Wives and Husbands

Peter’s instructions to wives and husbands similar to Paul’s more lengthy letter in Ephesians 5. All believers called to blessings and to be a blessing.

Note: the pastor is not quite well. If it would bother you to hear me cough and apologize then maybe don’t play this one. I struggled to get out 23 1/2 minutes but I’m preaching the Word, I’d rather try than not even bother try. 

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Submission; Be Like Christ

I often quote from 1 Peter 2 when studying other passages of scripture, or I should say the parts that talk about the stone the builders rejected and believers as living stones. The submission parts probably get much less attention, and not just from me. Submitting to rulers and authorities, doing good while suffering wrong for it, these are ways to be like Christ and being conformed to the image of Christ is the goal.

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Chosen Stones

Jesus is the stone the builders rejected, the human builders that is, the leaders of the Jewish faith. He remains, however, chosen and precious in the sight of the God the Father. We as believers are also stones, living stones that God is building into a spiritual house.

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God’s Word Endures

All flesh is like grass, Peter writes quoting Isaiah 40. But the word of the Lord endures forever. 

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