Living with a Curious Hope
Perseverance in the Faith
1 Peter 5:8-11
When is a project finished? My father's answer was that a project isn't finished until all the tools are put away. If you visit my home, however, you will likely notice that I haven't learned that lesson very well! Not only are tools often left out, but guests to the Tolbert home will notice baseboards that haven't been reattached after a paint project or a light switch cover that never found its way home after a little electrical work. My wife is a saint!
This Sunday, as we conclude our study on the book of 1 Peter, we will be encouraged and equipped to persevere to the end. It's an appropriate subject for mid-January; that time of year when resolutions recently made begin to fade. It's one thing to leave a home improvement project unfinished or slack off on our exercise plan, but God's Word exhorts us not to give up on our faith and shows us how to persevere. I hope you can join us as we finish up this important book!
Music: "Amazing Grace" by Craig Courtney
"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.