Confident Hope in Troubled Times
Text: 1 Peter 1:1-5
We can stand firm in the grace of God because the God who chooses us is the God who brings about the very salvation he offers.
Peter’s greeting (vss. 1-2)
Peter’s words of encouragement, inspiration and hope (vss. 3-5)
Our true identity ~ Remember who you are and whose you are (vs. 1-2)
God’s mercy ~ Realize God’s mercy in Christ is unending (vs. 3)
Stand firm ~ Be confident of His salvation through faith in Christ (vs. 4)
Stay hopeful ~ in His power to guard your faith (vs. 5)
1 Peter 1:1-5
1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who are elect exiles of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood:
May grace and peace be multiplied to you.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (ESV)