Lessons from 1 Peter 1:3-4 Blog Post #1 April 15, 2020 Pastor Carolyn Hetrick
In the Sundays between Resurrection of Our Lord and Pentecost this year, our Lectionary lesson from the New Testament focuses upon verses from the Epistle known as 1st Peter. If ever there was a time to delve into this proclamation of living hope in Christ amidst challenges it surely is now. HOPEFUL MESSAGES FOR US ABOUT:
Being protected, reborn, healed, delivered, healed, and made alive in spirit infuse these words for us as church.
Being encouraged to believe even when we cannot see, love earnestly, live with endurance by Christ’s example, serve God, and be ready to tell others the source of our hope are all lifted up as responses to the reality of the resurrection of Christ.
ISN’T THAT JUST A LITTLE TOO ROSY? 1st Peter is written to people in a church who are struggling. It candidly acknowledges the existence of trials, suffering, hardship and the separation of sin that shows up in deceit, hypocrisy, envy, dark places, injustice. These words come to bolster those struggling to hold onto the truth about God and about themselves- that God’s love and mercy, salvation and care are for us.