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Part 1  |  Joy in Trials

Scott Axtmann
September 15, 2013

Your theology of suffering is important. As Pastor Scott takes us through the introduction to 1 Peter in this brand new series, he teaches us the place of grief and trials in our Christian walk. God does not cause sin, but He does let sin run its course in this life. Why? We cannot presume to know all the purposes of God, but one source of encouragement shines brightly for us all: Jesus suffered, and it is through that same suffering we must enter if we hope to know anything about the real Jesus.

scriptures cited: 

1 Peter 4:1
1 Peter 1:1-7
James 4:14 2 Corinthians 4:17 Romans 8:18
John 16:33
Isaiah 53:3-4
Matthew 26:38
Psalm 88:18 2 Corinthians 12:8-9

Part 2  |  Motivations to Be Holy

Scott Axtmann
September 22, 2013

"There is a battle for the occupation of your mind." We need to truly deal with our lifestyles, in the everyday details, if we hope for the holiness of Christ to shine through our lives. It's arrogant of us to think that we can grow spiritually if we feed ourselves on the inputs of the world, and then merely give the scraps of our time over to the Word. Our motivations to be genuine followers of Jesus need to far outweigh our motivations for a comfortable lifestyle.

scriptures cited: 

1 Peter 1:13-21
Colossians 3:2
1 Peter 2:11
Galatians 5:19-21
James 4:4
1 John 1:10
Luke 9:23

Part 3  |  Born to Love

Scott Axtmann
September 29, 2013

Is your life marked by the presence of the Holy Spirit? Pastor Scott lets us know that true conversion is "not a mere mental ascent to a creed," but a heart transformation that begins with repentance. We've cheapened God's work of regeneration with formulas and tidy prayers. Unless we come to the end of our self-righteousness and admit our own sin, God's Spirit cannot truly dwell inside of us.

scriptures cited: 

1 Peter 1:22-25
1 Thessalonians 1:6
John 5:24
1 John 3:9
1 John 1:7
Ezekiel 36:25-27, 31
Colossians 1:13
John 3:1-21
Matthew 7:21-23
Isaiah 64:6
Romans 8:9-11
1 John 4:11
Luke 11:5-13
Acts 2:37-41

Part 4  |  God's Superkids

Easton Dickson  |   elder of Renaissance Church
October 6, 2013

Elder Easton Dickson exhorts us to truly be the countercultural movement that God calls us to be. Our goal is nothing less than to live the perfect life. That means trusting God like babies, totally dependent on the milk of His Word for our entire sustenance. We can give no middle ground to sin as we radically break away from the world and run toward the better life.

scriptures cited: 

1 Peter 2:1-3
1 Corinthians 3:2
Hebrews 5:12-13

Part 5  |  God Is Building a People Like Jesus

Scott Axtmann
October 13, 2013

Pastor Scott Axtmann reminds us that God is building a people like Jesus. Jesus is our message, our role model, our obsession. Everything we do is about him, we are fanatics. As his people, we seek not to proclaim our goodness, but His goodness. Just as Jesus was despised and mocked, we take that mantle upon ourselves when we become his followers. We are sustained not by human approval, but by the God of the universe who has poured out his love upon us. We fight against the passions of the flesh not in our strength but in his strength.

scriptures cited: 

1 Peter 2:4-12
Luke 4:16-30
Isaiah 53

Part 6  |  The Call to Honor

Scott Axtmann
October 20, 2013

There is rebellion in the water. Our natural reaction to unjust authorities and forces is rebellion and dishonor, to overcome evil by any means necessary. In 1 Peter 2:13-25 we see God's desire for us to overcome unjust authorities through honor & submission. As Christians do good in the face of evil it puts to silence the foolishness of ignorant people. In God's hands it is an instrument used to change wicked hearts & minds. We worship and serve God in this way, knowing it is a gracious thing in God's sight.

scriptures cited: 

1 Peter 2:13-25
1 Samuel 17
2 Samuel 1
Matthew 5:38-42
Acts 4:1-22
Romans 13:1-7
Acts 12:1-18
Exodus 1:15-22
Daniel 6
Esther 8
Titus 3:1-3

Part 7  |  God's Design for Marriage

Scott Axtmann
October 27, 2013

How are wives to submit to their husbands? How are husbands to be the head of the wife? Is this idea of husbands being the head and wives submitting outdated? What is God's design for marriage? What about the historic abuse of women by men? These and other questions are tackled by Pastor Scott Axtmann as he preaches from 1 Peter 3:1-7.

scriptures cited: 

1 Peter 3:1-7
Ephesians 5:21-33
1 Timothy 3

Part 8  |  Living a Good Life in the Midst of a Bad Life

Nate Pracht
November 3, 2013

What does God give to Christians caught in the midst of difficult situations & obstacles? A good life. Pastor Nate preaches through 1 Peter 3:8-12 showing some of the essential characteristics needed in order to stand in the midst of suffering, trials, and hardships. Christians need to be of one mind, realizing we engage with the world around us by standing together. We need to bless when cursed, guard our tongues and have a posture of repentance before God each and every day.

scriptures cited: 

1 Peter 3:8-12
Psalm 34
James 3:5-12
Proverbs 18:20-21
Proverbs 12:18

Part 9  |  Explaining the Hope Within You

Scott Axtmann
November 10, 2013

Have you ever felt awkward trying to tell someone about Jesus? Admit it, you have. Pastor Scott preaches from I Peter 3:13-16, encouraging the church to reach out to those around us with gentleness and respect. We have this great hope within us that needs to be explained. This will require love, study, prayer and being prepared. Our lives & words work together to proclaim the gospel.

scriptures cited: 

1 Peter 3:13-16
Romans 8:16
1 Corinthians 5:9-13
Psalm 46:1-2
Isaiah 8:11-15

Part 10  |  Heaven and Hell

Scott Axtmann
November 17, 2013

At the end of your life you will hear either "Well done, Good and Faithful servant" or "Depart from me, I never knew you." Pastor Scott preaches an important message from I Peter 3:18-4:19 on the final judgment, Heaven and Hell. Thinking about eternity helps us to evaluate our lives and put things in perspective. We should live now in such a way that we are going to stand before God one day.

scriptures cited: 

1 Peter 3:18-4:19
Revelation 21
Revelation 22
Genesis 6
Philippians 1:23-24

Part 11  |  Pride and Humility

Scott Axtmann
November 24, 2013

Pride is the air that we breathe, it is all around us. We are encouraged to take pride in ourselves and we live in an environment where we are judged against others. In this final sermon from I Peter Pastor Scott preaches about pride and humility, examining what it means for pastors, young people and all Christians. What are the characteristics of a humble of a person? Have you ever humbled yourself?


scriptures cited: 

1 Peter 5
Romans 12:3
Philippians 2