To Those Who Are Elect Exiles (1 Peter 1:1-2)

Elect Exiles

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Sermon Summary

Peter’s greeting to the “temporary residents” or the “elect exiles” is one of the most theologically rich greetings in the New Testament. If this greeting were in a modern email form, it might look like this:

FROM: Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ

TO: The elect exiles in Asia Minor.

CC: The Father, Son, and Spirit and You and Me.

  • The Father chose us according to His foreknowledge
  • The Spirit sanctifies us
  • The Son sprinkles us with His blood

SUBJECT: May Grace and Peace Be Multiplied To You

The body of this “email” explains how the grace and peace of God is multiplied to a suffering church and to persecuted believers.

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Final Thought

In the comments below, how can we continue to “praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” in the midst of suffering and persecution?

Servant King: DENIED (Mark 14:66-72)

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Text: Mark 14:66-72 | Download Audio | Subscribe to Podcast

Sermon Summary

Everyone fails Jesus but Jesus will never fail you!

  • Peter failed to “get” Jesus because of ignorance. Three times Jesus had explained that He would be crucified and resurrected on the third day. Peter even went so far as to rebuke Jesus for His foolishness because Peter didn’t understand Him.
  • Peter failed to submit to Jesus because of pride. When Jesus said “All of you will fall away” Peter trusted in himself rather in Jesus’ words. In fact, he emphatically rejected Jesus’ prediction that he would fall away or that he might deny His Lord.
  • Peter failed to obey Jesus because of laziness. One definition of “deny” is “to refuse to grant a request”. Jesus asked Peter, James, and John to stay awake and pray with Him so that they might not enter into temptation. Three times Jesus found them sleeping. Before Peter denied Jesus publicly he denied Jesus privately.
  • Peter failed to stand with Jesus because of fear. Peter said he would die for Jesus if he had to, but when the pressure came he simply wanted to just blend into the crowd. He didn’t want to be identified as a follower of Jesus. Peter was unable to stand with Jesus because of his fear.

The Good News is that Jesus never fails!

  • Jesus’ Word never failed. Everything Jesus said is true. He predicted with precise detail the circumstances of His crucifixion. He predicted with precise detail the circumstances of Judas’ betrayal and Peter’s denial. But He has also promised many other things for those who trust Him. He said He will never leave you or forsake you. He said He goes to prepare a place for you. etc. Jesus’ Word is always true.
  • Jesus never failed to submit to and obey His Father. In the garden Jesus cried out to His Father to take the cup of His wrath away from Him. “Nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will,” He said.
  • Jesus will never fail you! Romans 5:6 and 8 says, “For while we were still helpless, at the appointed moment, Christ died for the ungodly…But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!” Jesus laid down His life even when we were enemies who would betray, abandon, or deny Him. He has already proven His love on the cross and His promise of forgiveness is available to all who trust Him. You can take Him at His Word!!