What does it mean to love your neighbor? I heard a story about Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, sentenced a soldier to be shot for his crimes. The execution was to take place at the ringing of the evening curfew bell. However, the bell did not sound. The soldier's fiancé had climbed into the belfry and clung to the great clapper of the bell to prevent it from striking. When she was summoned by Cromwell to account for her actions, she wept as she showed him her bruised and bleeding hands. Cromwell's heart was touched and he said, "Your lover shall live because of your sacrifice. Curfew shall not ring tonight!" How does that love relate to the sort of love we are to have for our neighbor? I hope you'll join us this Sunday to find out as we resume in person worship for the first time since the pandemic started - or you can watch our livesteam at 10 am!
When I was in college, we were assigned a capstone project and paper. This paper was to sum up all that we learned during the program. This last chapter of Peter's letter to the elect exiles does the same thing. He sums up all that he has taught and wrote. We wrap up our time in 1st Peter this Sunday with Peter's closing thoughts on leadership, submission and right living - all with the goal of a healthy church in mind.
I have a confession to make. I hate surprises. No one likes a negative surprise, but I don't even like good ones - so no surprise parties for me! Often in our lives, times of suffering come as a surprise. In our text this week, Peter tells us that we shouldn't be surprised when times of suffering come. This expectation, then, leads us to live by faith and not by sight when times of suffering come. How? Plan to join us as we gather around the Scriptures this weekend to find out!
As we head down the homestreach of our time in 1 Peter, the Apostle begins to wrap up his thoughts. Last week, we looked at a reminder that Jesus Saves that directly sets up a great reminder for us this week that those who have hope in the resurrection of Jesus Christ live differently. How differently? In what ways? Plan to join us as we gather around the Scriptures this weekend to find out!