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.
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.
All flesh is like grass, Peter writes quoting Isaiah 40. But the word of the Lord endures forever.
Part 2 in the 1st Peter series. We are redeemed with the precious blood of Christ so be holy as the one who called us is holy.
We have two letters written by Peter in the New Testament. They are both short but packed with good stuff. This introduction alone will almost make a Baptist shout.
In Philippians 2 the Apostle Paul challenges believers to be like minded with Christ who set the bar pretty high in terms of humility. Jesus himself taught and preached on humility. Our goal, just like Jesus and Paul, is to draw people to God and not attention to ourselves.
Goliath was the champion of the Philistines who intimated the army of Israel. (That’s the reason for talking about WWF wrestlers talking trash I just forgot the full analogy). David was an adolescent, little more than a child. Goliath came with a shield and a sword but David told him he came in the name of the Lord. That made all the difference.
1st Timothy 3 tells us what to look for in a pastor (overseer) and deacons. The standards are set higher for church leaders, as they should be. Leaders need to walk in such a way that others can follow in their footsteps in the right direction. We should be on the same journey, looking toward Christ as the finish line.
A last supper sermon that examines the elements of communion.
I may have gotten a few sermons out of order when posting to the website. On May 19th I preached The Good Shepherd based on John 10. The next week, May 26th, we re-visited David’s 23rd Psalm.
Parable of the Sower but perhaps from a new and different point of view.