As people, we will experience injustice. While many will use injustice as an excuse for revenge or sin, but the Christian is called to something greater. We do not need to clear our name; Christ has done this for us already. It is his example we should follow, and walk like him when we face injustice.
Peter encourages followers of Christ to love one another earnestly. For the Christian, love is sacrificial, and there is no room for hypocrisy in it. John van Rij looks at the text and explains how this kind of love is possible.
Due to the wonders of modern technology, we now have the roster a spreadsheet, just so that the team leaders can edit. This is now the most up to date roster.
If you cannot make a week that you are rostered on, please arrange to swap with someone, and let the team leader know. thanks!
Here it is: Master Roster
John continues through his series on 1 Peter. God calls us to be holy, but he also enables us to be holy through the work of his Son.
1 Peter 1:10-21 (ESV)
10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 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 sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.
13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the deadand glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
John van Rij takes a look at 1 Corinthians 15. The people wrote Paul wanting to know if there really was hope for us to experience life after death. Paul uses Christ’s resurrection to prove our own glorification.
We are often surprised when we encounter suffering, and it can be tempting to get angry at God. The Bible, however, has a great deal to say about suffering. It even promises it! But, as Peter points out, it also promises an eternal hope. One we can hold on to in even the darkest moments. John van Rij teaches on 1 Peter 1:1-10: