Looking Ahead

From Pastor Phil Bubar

“Standing Up for Christ in Our World”
1 Peter


Beginning on July 22, we step into a new series, studying the Apostle Peter’s first letter.  His audience—believers who have been living in Asia Minor or present day Turkey. What Peter lists in the opening verses are not cities but regions all under the control of Rome. These believers are undergoing great suffering and persecution for the name of Jesus.  

In this wonderful letter, Peter encourages and reminds them of what is theirs in Christ.  He tells them about the value of suffering, why they are suffering for their faith. In chapter 4, verse 16, he wrote, “However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.”  And that’s how we need to live in our society today.

Today, we live in a world that is marginalizing Jesus Christ at best and persecuting the believer at worst. The morality expressed in God’s Word is being turned upside down in our society. God’s Word declares that as we move toward the return of Christ, life will be harder and harsher.

So how will we live?  Peter calls us to stand up for Christ in our world, not to be afraid but willing to follow our Lord no matter the cost.  

Through our study, I want us to be encouraged to live our life for Christ without shame.  I often refer to 1 Peter 2:12, “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”

That is my commitment.  Will you make it yours too?  

Missed a Sermon? See it here. 

  • September 16: 1 Peter 1:17-21 ~ “Being Motivated to Live Out Our Faith”
  • September 23: 1 Peter 1:22-25 ~ “Making a Difference Through Selfless Love”
  • September 30: 1 Peter 2:1-3 ~ “Spiritual Maturity”
  • October 7: 1 Peter 2:2-8 ~ “Standing on a Firm Foundation”
    We will also partake in the Lord’s Supper.
  • October 14: 1 Peter 2:9-12 ~ “God’s Description of the Church”
  • October 21: 1 Peter 2:13-17 ~ “Submitting to Our Government”
  • October 28: 1 Peter 2:18-21 ~ “Making A Difference for Christ’s Sake at the Job”
  • November 4: 1 Peter 2:22-25 ~ “The Value of Jesus Christ”
    We will also partake in the Lord’s Supper.
  • November 11: 1 Peter 3:1-7 ~ “Priorities in Marriage”
  • November 18: 1 Peter 3:8-12 ~ “What It Takes to Love Life and Be an Optimist”
  • November 25: 1 Peter 3:13-17 ~ “Facing Unjust Suffering”

Our celebration of the first coming of Christ begins on December 2.



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