Foreigners in a Foreign Land
1 Peter 1:1-2
INTRODUCTION: How do we handle all the anti-Christian antagonism in our country? Do we just cave into the culture around us? Do we go with the gospel by bringing Christ into the culture? How do we maintain hope when everything seems so hopeless? How do we remain Christ-centered? These questions and more are answered in 1 Peter.
I. WE MUST KNOW WHO WE ARE, vs. 1
A. SAVED. Mark 16:7. Peter’s denials did not disqualify him to serve the Lord.
B. SENT. We’ve been called to gather, to grow, to give and to go with the gospel message.
II. WE MUST KNOW WHERE WE’RE FROM, vs. 1b. Do you know where your home is?
A. STRANGERS in the world. If you’re a Christ-follower, this world is not your home. Phil. 3:20
B. SCATTERED by God. Acts 8:1, 4.
III. WE MUST KNOW HOW WE ARE TO LIVE, vs. 2.
A. SELECTED by God the Father. Eph. 1:4. John 6:37
B. SANCTIFIED by the Holy Spirit. Set apart for God’s exclusive use.
C. SPRINKLED by Jesus Christ. The blood that Jesus shed on the cross must be applied to your life personally through faith. 1 Pet. 1:19
IV. WE MUST KNOW WHAT WE’VE BEEN GIVEN, vs. 2b.
A. REDEMPTION through grace.
B. RECONCILIATION through Peace.
REPONSE: Action steps. If you’re saved, see yourself as scattered in this community to sow the gospel. Live out your convictions so that you stand out as a stranger in this world. What one thing does God want you to start doing? You have a home in heaven.