Together, I and II Peter form a combination of encouragement and admonition. The book of I Peter was written to encourage the early church, which had been scattered due to persecution. These early followers of Jesus were living in uncertain and unstable times. Through his letter, Peter reminds the church that they have a living hope in the person of Jesus Christ. Though separated by centuries, the difficulties that were facing Peter’s audience are very similar to what Christians are facing throughout the world today, and we need a similar encouragement and admonition to remain faithful to the Lord in our trials and suffering.
This Sunday at 9:30am, we will begin a series titled, Resilient Hope. Through Peter's letter to people just like us, my prayer is that we will find encouragement and hope as we live in a world filled with pain and disappointment. How Christians respond to suffering is what separates us from the world. As we begin this series, I want to encourage you to take time and read the entire letter of I Peter in one sitting. I believe understanding the context in which this letter was written will help us better understand the individual topics addressed by Peter.
Also, this Sunday, we will be having a good old-fashioned hymn sing. Come ready to give praise and glory to our God, as we sing some of your favorite hymns!
Please continue to pray for our church as we continue to watch where God is working, so we can join him in what he is already doing.
See you Sunday.
Doug Boyd - Sr. Pastor