August 14, 20130 comments
"Sojourners and Strangers" from 1 Peter 1:1-2. You can listen to the sermon here.
The opening of 1 Peter is much more than a simple greeting. It’s a theological roadmap to the entire letter. Where is Peter coming from? What truths does he seek to communicate, and what is he burdened to accomplish in these five chapters? All of that, to one degree or another, is answered in this opening passage. It’s a greeting to Peter’s readers, but it is also much more than a greeting.
In these two verses, Peter introduces us to two important themes of his letter – believers are God’s chosen people, and believers are strangers in the world. Those themes, then, combine to reveal Peter’s great concerning in writing this letter – how, then, should we, God’s chosen people, live in this world that is not our home? It’s a greeting, but it’s also the roadmap to the entire letter.
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