“Standing Up for Christ in Our World”
Beginning on July 22, we step into a new series, studying the Apostle Peter’s first letter. His audience—believers who have been living in Asia Minor or present day Turkey. What Peter lists in the opening verses are not cities but regions all under the control of Rome. These believers are undergoing great suffering and persecution for the name of Jesus.
In this wonderful letter, Peter encourages and reminds them of what is theirs in Christ. He tells them about the value of suffering, why they are suffering for their faith. In chapter 4, verse 16, he wrote, “However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.” And that’s how we need to live in our society today.
Today, we live in a world that is marginalizing Jesus Christ at best and persecuting the believer at worst. The morality expressed in God’s Word is being turned upside down in our society. God’s Word declares that as we move toward the return of Christ, life will be harder and harsher.
So how will we live? Peter calls us to stand up for Christ in our world, not to be afraid but willing to follow our Lord no matter the cost.
Through our study, I want us to be encouraged to live our life for Christ without shame. I often refer to 1 Peter 2:12, “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”
That is my commitment. Will you make it yours too?
Our celebration of the first coming of Christ begins on December 2.