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Praise God for our Hope in Christ: the Confident Expectation of Our Future Glorification

January 19, 2020 Speaker: John Bell Series: 1 Peter

Passage: 1 Peter 1:1–1:12

The “Big Picture” of 1 Peter as a whole:  Peter encourages Christians in Asia Minor who are suffering for their faith by reminding them of their present identity as God’s people, and their secure hope of ultimate blessing - both rooted in the death, resurrection, and victory of Jesus Christ! He also challenges them to maintain the highest standards of holy living as a witness to their persecutors (“piety under pressure”).

The “Big Picture” of 1: 1-12: Peter comforts suffering Christians by emphasizing hope; that is, the confident expectation of their future glorification.

 

Peter establishes four important dimensions of hope:

  1. This hope God has established by the resurrection of Jesus (3)
  2. This hope God sustains by faith (4-5)
  3. This hope God nourishes until the consummation (6-9)
  4. This hope God has long planned for our delight and our good (10-12)

I received a tremendous amount of help in this sermon from resources by D.A. Carson and Karen Jobes and John Piper.