Today marked our 10th Sunday back in our post-flood Riverside building and our 10th Sunday since the switch from Saturday nights to Sunday mornings. It’s been a great 2 1/2 months and the best is yet to come…
For the last 10 Sundays, we’ve been going through a series called “The Forgotten.” We’ve looked at the lives of 10 people or groups of people who are often overlooked, under appreciated, or forgotten in Scripture. We chronologically plowed our way through history beginning with Phinehas, the sin slayer, in Numbers 25, through the anonymous saints listed at the end of Hebrews 11. It was a great journey and there was a ton to learn from many positive examples and a few negative ones.
As soon as we begin drawing near the end of a study, people begin wondering what’s next, and today I answered that question. Beginning in 2 weeks – Sunday, September 26, we’ll kick off a verse by verse study through the 5 chapters of 1 Peter – a study I’m calling …to be continued.
1 & 2 Peter were both written to a group of Christians who were under intense persecution for their faith. Nero had blamed them for the fire he had started in Rome and they were being murdered left and right for crimes they didn’t commit. Some were sewn into the skin of animals while dogs were released to rip them limb from limb. Others were rolled in pitch, then set on fire to light up Nero’s gardens at night. Despite the consequences, Peter instructs them to stand up for their faith and consequently use the persecution for good.
A theme that flows throughout the book is the hope that Peter provides by constantly reminding them that life on Earth isn’t the end. As Christians, we’re called to remain faithful despite the cost, because when we draw our last breath, life is …to be continued for eternity in heaven! What a comfort these letters must have been to the suffering Christians as Peter reminded them that the few years we have on Earth are just the appetizer for the main course that’s coming!
I’m excited to begin studying through 1 Peter and I hope you’ll be joining us on Sundays at 10am. We’ll rock some hardcore Christian doctrine as well as some very practical advice on daily Christian living!
(by the way, if you haven’t voted for which Psalms you’d like to study in our HeartBlog series on Wednesday nights, click HERE and vote!)