Prologue to our devotionals on 1 Peter

We have ventured through the book of Philippians during the first half of this month. Now, we move on to 1 Peter and seek to become the "living hope" that Peter describes. 1 Peter 1:3 says that a Christian believer has his or her faith in God and that means that there is always hope of how God is active and working out his plan in and through us. We have hope, because we can be confident that all things are working together for our good.

1 Peter was written about 63 AD. Peter had entered Rome to minister about the time Paul was released from his first imprisonment. He was sent, especially, to minister to the Jews. Peter's given name was "Simon". Jesus named him Peter, which means "a stone". God was building his church using Simon Peter just like a foundational rock. We find hope knowing that if God can use this fisherman with all of his frailties, then God can use us in signficant ways.

We are all signficant to God and we have hope in Jesus Christ! Enjoy this study with your families over the 2nd half of July!

-Pastor Russ

Families/Individuals with No Young Children

Families/Individuals with no young children, please follow this devotional by Pastor Russ Fairbanks:

1 Peter 1:1 (NASB)

1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen.

The significant thought that sticks out to me from Peter's introduction is that he refers to his listeners as "aliens". The main thought that he is getting across is that this world is not our home. Our home is with the Lord in Heaven. This life is for a time and then there is eternity.

One part of life that isn't a lot of fun is dealing with being disappointed or hurt about circumstances, much beyond our ability to control. We're reminded that no matter how hard life or circumstances become, there is peace in knowing that our jobs are to keep being faithful and then allowing God to handle those things. This world isn't the final destination and whatever we build that isn't for the Lord will fade away. There's an old southern gospel song that says, "I can't feel at home in this world anymore." There's a feeling of freedom when we soak in the words to this song. The house we live in, car we drive, job where we work... It is meant to be temporary! So, I must choose to see things for what they are and value what is really important: Friends, Faith, Family... Other than that, my treasure is on the other side of eternity.

What "temporary" things are you holding too tightly to?

Pray for God to help you with correct perspective on your life and your possessions in the face of eternity.