Sermon on 1 Peter 4:12-19; 5:6-11, for the 7th Sunday of Easter 2020 A, about suffering and trials for the Christian, and how we respond to it. How does the fact that Christ suffered in the flesh change things? How do we deal with anxiety or worry? What is Jesus' invitation to us?
Sermon on 1 Peter 2:11-20, for the 4th Sunday of Easter (1 Yr Lectionary). How does this passage touch on an intersection of the 4th and 8th Commandments (Honor your father and mother & You Shall not bear false witness against your neighbor), as they relate to our Christian duty towards our public leaders? What are some biblical examples of believers honoring and being subject to earthly leaders? What was the ultimate outcome, and why? What does Scripture say about who puts governing authorities in power, and what does Scripture say about their plans vs. God's plans? What did Jesus accomplish by submitting to earthly authorities, and how did He finally defeat evil and injustice, and promise its future end?
Sermon on 1 Peter 2:21-25, for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, about how we follow the example of Christ's suffering. What does this mean? What broad categories of suffering does Peter describe? How are we able to grow in and imitate the example of Christ? How do sheep "return" to their shepherd? What kind of care and love does our Good Shepherd supply?
Sermon on 1 Peter 4:12-19 & 5:6-11 about how the Christian is on trial together with Christ, in the eyes of the world, and what is our hope in judgment and our strength to carry forward. How God is merciful to us when we've endured suffering.