For Peter, knowing God and what he’s done for us in Jesus is what gives life its richness. That’s why he never separates doctrine from how we live our lives. In this passage, Peter builds on the living hope we have in the gospel to show us how it impacts the way we live loves of love & purity.
As we start a new year, we’re going to be spending four weeks thinking about our new birth into a living hope. Peter opens his letter by reminding us who we are: that is, just as Christ Jesus was chosen by God his Father, so too we have been chosen. There is nothing random or arbitrary about who or where we are. And this reality is what feeds our hope to keep following after Jesus.
Most of life is not as exciting as the Christmas season! There are lots of things we do which seem mundane or just plain ordinary. So where does the Christmas story fit into our day-to-day lives? The story sounds so magical and fantastical, but what does it have to do with getting up for work, washing the dishes, or running errands? In this talk, we hope to see the Christmas story from another angle and see how it is good news for a Monday morning.
Have you ever experienced a time in your life when you felt like you were left on the shelf? A time when you were rejected or abandoned or dismissed? A time that made you feel like you were worthless, expendable, unnoticed, just plain ordinary? Maybe you feel that’s the story of your life. It can leave you feeling emotionally drained. Today we are going to meet a group of shepherds who fit many of these descriptions. And as we meet them, we are going to see the difference it can make when you are the one who receives an extraordinary message from the living God.
Micaiah’s brave, suffering faithfulness to God’s word contrasts with Ahaz’s overt self-deception concerning God’s word, preferring what he wants to hear, and strikingly foreshadows Jesus’ brave, suffering faithfulness to God’s word about himself.
Knowledge isn’t something that’s stagnant. Knowing that a snake can bite you means you don’t go around picking up snakes. You know someone loves you not just by having information about that person but because that person has showed you that they love you. It’s the same with knowing God. This morning in 1 Kings 19-21, we will see that knowing God is not just about learning facts about God about God, it’s also about how we respond to what we know about Him so we can live in relationship with him. Welcome to Village Church.
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