Living with a Curious Hope
It’s easier to talk about the weather or talk about football than to talk about God. Even though small talk may feel safe, it can keep conversation—and relationships—at a superficial level. The hope that we have in Jesus is substantial, not superficial—it is life and joy and peace. “Always be prepared to give the reason for the hope that you have,” 1 Peter 3:15 states. You may feel overwhelmed by the prospect of sharing the hope of the Gospel. Out of discomfort, fear, or habit, we may be avoiding the topic of God in our relationships with people who do not yet believe in Jesus. This Sunday, all of us are encouraged to share, with gentleness and respect, why we are Christian and why we have eternal hope.
Music: "Greater Love Hath No Man" by John Ireland
"Living with a Curious Hope" is a new series studying the book of 1 Peter. Within the book you'll find a command that is based on a certain presumption -- that we are living such hopeful lives, even during hard times, that those who witness it will ask where our hope comes from. It's a presumption that challenges me. I wonder if it challenges you too? Do you have people asking about your faith?
We will also be challenged to understand at a deeper level than the quick "sound bite" lesson. There are passages here that could easily be taken out of context and misused. Passages about suffering, beauty, and a faith that is visible. Even curious. There is more here in 1 Peter that we will explore together.