As we proceed in our study of 1 Peter this Sunday we trust that God's Spirit will continue to equip and prepare us for life as exiles, aliens, strangers, and sojourners in this wicked and confusing world. Even a casual glance at the local, national, or world news reminds us that this world is broken and stands opposed to holy standard of God's Word and character. Christians like us are becoming increasingly ostracized, shunned, and persecuted for our identification with Jesus Christ. Last Sunday's passage reminded us that even in the midst of these trials and difficulties we can and must rejoice because of the mercy of our God who didn't give us what we deserved, but rather "caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading ..." If we must rely on external stimulants to move our hearts to worship God then we've simply NOT understood this glorious and amazing truth!
This Sunday we will further explore the beauty of the salvation that we have in Christ and begin to examine the logical and appropriate response to such a salvation. Prior to this Sunday's lesson please read 1 Peter 1:10-16 and prayerfully ask the Lord to help you both gain a greater understanding of His grace and a greater ability to rightly respond to that grace.