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A Living Hope Sermon Series Begins


Join me during the Sundays of Easter as we P.R.A.Y. (pray, read, apply, and yield) through 1 Peter in 6 weeks.

Words for Thought (1 Peter 1:3)

May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! On account of his vast mercy, he has given us new birth. You have been born anew into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Pray:

Jesus, Savior, Resurrected Messiah, we come before you from different paths: some of us certain of your joyful presence in our lives, some of us not so certain of the hope of being touched by your joy. Yet we are all here, reaching out to you: for understanding, for hope, for joy, for all that is imperishable. Meet us here, today, in all your power and consolation. Amen.

Read: Psalms 16 and 1 Peter 1:3-9

Apply:

  • What might it mean to be gifted with a “new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”? (1 Peter 1:3)

  • How might receiving a “new birth” as a gift be countercultural in a society that emphasizes productivity? [It cannot be earned. It comes to us as a gift that gives us and others value apart from what we can do or achieve.]

  • What might it look like to live confident in our “inheritance” (1 Peter 1:4-5)? [There are better days ahead! Days that are more defined by Resurrection than by death, love more than fear.]

  • Why do you think Peter notes that our faith is “more precious than gold”? (1 Peter 1:7)

  • How do we experience God’s Presence? (Psalm 16)

Yield. Our daily lives will reflect the fullness of Joy when we are living a life filled with Hope.

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