Theme: Looking out from the Tomb
2017 Easter Season Sermon Series
Peter was the first disciple to actually go “into the tomb. He saw the linen clothes lying there, and the face cloth…in a place by itself.” (John 20:6-7) This must have had an impact on Peter even as he peered out from that tomb’s entrance to re-enter the world.
Our Easter epistle (I Peter) gives us an opportunity to see things as this first eyewitness saw them. Peter shares with us a new way of seeing things through his first epistle.
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Sunday, April 23
I Peter 1:3-9
“Born to Hope”
Peter says that we are “born to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and to an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.”
Sunday, April 30
I Peter 1:14-25
“Ransomed for Life”
Not with silver or gold but with the precious blood of Christ. Ransomed by Jesus’ life, for real life, evident by a love for one another that is earnest coming from a “sincere heart.”
Sunday, May 7
I Peter 2:16-25
“Strengthened to Endure”
This reading falls prior to next week’s reading that is the first half of I Peter 2 in order to get to the phrase, “We were straying like sheep, but now returned to the Shepherd and overseer of your souls.” (I Peter 2:25) From the entrance of the tomb looking out into a cruel world, we to may suffer unjustly, just as Christ did “leaving us an example.”
Sunday, May 14
I Peter 2:2-12
“Stones Mortared Together”
We are called to be “living stones being built into a spiritual house.” This doesn’t leave us as “independent stone Christians.” Peter reminds us that we are built together, even mortared together. Then he says, “You (plural) are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation to declare the wonders of God who called you out of darkness (uncut in a dark quarry) into his marvelous light.”
Sunday, May 21
I Peter 3:8-9, 13-22
“Prepared to Witness”
“Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” (I Peter 3:15) Just as Jesus could testify within the very gates of hell and not be touched or held back, and as Noah could preach all those years while the Ark was being built, so we have a message that can’t be defeated even by the very gates of hell.
Sunday, May 28
I Peter 4:12-19, 5:6-11
“Don’t be Surprised”
What a great phrase to remember for those who are emerging from the cocoon of Concordia Christian Day School. May 28th is graduation for our 8th grade students. And we shouldn’t be caught off guard or surprised either by the events of a world where Christianity has lost its popular influence and acceptance. However, Peter ends his letter with these words of encouragement, “Christ will, himself, restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” (I Peter 5:11)
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