Josh continues our look at Peter's first epistle. The worship journey for this week: "Christian suffering is a huge opportunity for spiritual refinement. Our joy is that His presence remains with us in it and through it." 1 Peter 4:12-19; 1 Peter 5:8; John 15:18; Romans 8:17; Philippians 3:10; Acts 5:41; Acts 6:15; Proverbs 12:1.
Josh continues our walk through 1 Peter. The worship journey for this week: "Becoming a people who are awake and alert because Christ is near." 1 Peter 4:7-11; Matthew 26:40-41; Matthew 6:9-13; Proverbs 12.
Kara shares her heart for students at RCC. The worship journey for this week: "Honoring how God is moving through the generations at RCC." The prayers of the season (POTS) for student ministry are (1) Lord, we pray for Your guidance in creating a lasting foundation for RCC's student ministry for today and years to come; (2) Lord, we pray that we establish a culture within the student ministry that mirrors the vision You have given us for RCC (i.e., Living in Love, Creating Space, Spiritual Formation, and Community Transformation); and (3) Lord, we pray that the RCC body partners with what You are doing in the lives of our students and embraces the reality that You speak to and through young people. Mark 10:13-26; Isaiah 61; 2 Timothy 3:13-17; Deuteronomy 6:4-9.
The worship journey for this week: "Being made alive in Christ." 1 Peter 3:17-4:6; Ephesians 3:18; Romans 6:4. (Includes a special message from and prayer for Ms. Sarah Luke.)
The worship journey this week is "Form us into a people of hope." Josh discusses six virtues of the church: unity, sympathy, love, compassion, humility and forgiveness. 1 Peter 3:8-16; Acts 2:41-47; Matthew 5:44.
Josh and Sara tackle one of the more misunderstood passages of Scripture: "Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands," bringing light to the context of Peter's letter. The worship journey for this week: "Forming our hearts toward Christian living. Let us practice unity, sympathy, agape love, compassion, humility and forgiveness." 1 Peter 3:1-12; 1 John 3:14-15; 1 John 4:20; Psalm 34.
Josh reminds us that we are called to love -- an agape love -- to love those we are masters over and those to whom we are slaves just as Peter reminded the exiles receiving his letter. When we demonstrate agape love to those around us, people will see Christ. The worship journey for this week: "Christian freedom through humble living." 1 Peter 2:13-25; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; Matthew 22:21; Acts 4:19; Acts 5:29; Psalm 133:1; Psalm 100:3.
Bill revisits the fatherly approach Peter is taking with the Christian community receiving his letter. In chapter 2, Peter calls us to discard the things in life that get in the way of sincerely loving those around us -- not for the sake of "living right" but to eliminate the things in our lives that burden or overwhelm us and prevent us from building bridges with the others in our lives. The worship journey for this week: "Becoming spiritual houses of the Lord and serving as priests to those around us -- not by what we believe or profess -- but through the testimony of our lives." 1 Peter 2:1-12.
Jordan continues our look at 1 Peter, reminding us of Peter's fatherly approach to the exiles to whom he is writing. Peter writes about a "living hope," and we are faced with a couple of important questions: (1) What is the living hope? and (2) How do we live it out? That is, how do we practically live that out while we may be facing present trials? The worship journey for this week: "Embracing our Father's guidance to live the living hope." 1 Peter 1:3-5, 13-25; Romans 8:38-39; 1 Corinthians 15:49-55.
Josh opens our study of 1 Peter following our journey through the Gospel of Mark. There, we saw Peter called by Jesus to ministry, and we witnessed Peter bungle his way through many times as he grew in faith. In 1 Peter, we have a book written to encourage a community facing persecution for their faith and hear the fatherly, pastoral heart that Peter has for these people. The worship journey for this week: "Chosen by God invited into living hope." 1 Peter 1:1-12; Revelation 7:9; Deuteronomy 7:6.