Living with a Curious Hope
Having recognized from our study of 1 Peter last week that we are people who have been chosen to "declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light" you might rightly ask how am I supposed to do that? What does it look like to live faithfully for Christ in the practical scenes of life? It's a challenging question, but one that the scripture will help us with as we consider a few different contexts for faithful living.
Music: "The Greatest Gift is Love" by Mark Hayes, with Sue Stephenson, violin
"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.