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Living with a Curious Hope

Sep 09, 2018 | Clint Tolbert

Introduction to 1 Peter

I admit to quite possibly becoming a grumpy old man, but I get annoyed by yard signs! They have become more common in our community as a cheap way to promote whatever you're passionate about. I'm sure people put signs in their yard promoting their church because they are excited about it. Of course, that's a good thing. My question is, "would our neighbors know that we follow Jesus without a sign?" Part of the reason I wouldn't want to put a sign in my yard is because I hope that my neighbors already know about my faith.

This Sunday we begin a new series studying the book of 1 Peter. Within the book you'll find a command that is based on a certain presumption. The presumption is that we are living such hopeful lives, even during hard times, that our neighbors will be curious to learn 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?

Music:  "Benedictus es, domine" by Lovelace, sung by our Chancel Choir

 

Series Information

"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.