This past weekend at Eastbrook Church we began a new series entitled “Exiles: A Study of 1 Peter.” I launched us into the series with some background on the concept of exiles before walking through 1 Peter 1:1-12.
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Exiles…a reality check (1 Peter 1:1-2)
“To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia” (1:1b)
Exile Praise…the giving God (1 Peter 1:3)
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1:3)
Exile Hope…an eternal inheritance (1 Peter 1:3-5)
“He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade” (1:3-4)
Exile Joy…in the midst of trials (1 Peter 1:6-9)
“In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials” (1:6)
Exile Grace…in a curious cosmos (1 Peter 1:10-12)
“It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit” (1:12)