Friday, February 19, 2010

By His Grace and For His Glory

We are coming toward the conclusion of the first letter of Peter. The Holy Spirit has pulled no punches in this letter. He has not painted a rosy picture of continual happiness and ease for Christians in this life. Instead, he has promised that there will be suffering (1:6). But conquering all suffering is the hope in this life of ultimate salvation in the end (1:3-5). This strengthens you to live as God’s holy people on your pilgrimage through this present world.

The two verses that we will consider this Lord's Day are in many ways the summation of all of the instruction in this letter. We have already learned that 5:12 is the main thrust of the exhortation in this letter, but that exhortation is based upon the truth, the instruction, summarized so powerfully in 5:10-11. Our whole life as elect exiles is by God’s grace and for God’s glory. We will glory in that together. Join us!

Songs

Praise the Savior (#17)

How Firm a Foundation (#610)

More Secure Is No One Ever (#613)

Rejoice, Believer, in the Lord (#627)

How Glorious Zion's Courts Appear (#631) New! (to us)

For All the Saints (#643)

Scripture Reading

Matthew 25:31-46

Sermon

God Will Establish You - 1 Peter 5:10-11

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