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1 Peter 3:9-12 A Closer Look at Relationships: Neighbors and Acquaintances

One Goal for All Relationships: Proclaim God’s Excellencies
1 Peter 3:9-12
Key Idea: We are supposed to live right and bless others.
Matthew 5:13
Matthew 5:14-16
In your Neighborhood (and Co-Worker) Relationships
In Your Acquaintance (and Stranger) Relationships
James 2:14-17
Key Idea (repeat) We’re supposed to live right and bless others.

John 7:37-38


1 Peter 3:1-12 A Closer Look At Relationships: Singles, and Our Faith Community

One Goal for All Relationships : Proclaiming God’s Excellencies

Singles Relationships
1 Corinthians 7:32-34
1 Corinthians 6:17
Key Idea: Don’t take shortcuts to escape singleness.

Faith Community
Hebrews 10:24-25 24
Key Idea: Being part of a community that shares the same desires will fuel growth in that area.
John 13:35
1 Peter 3:8
“The development of meaningful relationships where every member carries a significant sense of belonging is central to what it means to be the church. This is a God-ordained gathering of people that is so strong that even “the gates of hell will not overcome it.” ~Randy Frazee

1 Peter 2: 18-25 The Other “S” Word

God’s word was written FOR us but not TO us.

Old Testament laws and New Testament writings have very different purposes.

The Old Testament commands were given by God to be the law of the land.
Exodus 21:16
Deuteronomy 23:15-16
Exodus 21:26

New Testament writings were instructions to people living under someone else’s law.
Ephesians 6: 5-9
Colossians 3:22-4:1
Colossians 3:11
1 Peter 2:18-20
1 Peter 2:21-23

Click Here for Link to article on slavery in the bible by Doug Becker, Pastor of Theology at Emergence Church (New Jersey)

1 Peter 2:4-10 Proclaiming His Excellencies

1 Peter 2:2-10
We Come to Him.
We Get Built Up.
We Proclaim His Excellencies

Hebrews 13:15-16

We can proclaim His excellencies IN OUR WAYS.
Hebrews 15:16 Do not neglect to do good

1 Peter 2:11-12

We can proclaim His excellencies IN OUR WORDS.
Hebrews15:16 …and to share what you have

We can proclaim His excellencies IN OUR WORSHIP.
Hebrews 15:15 …continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.

We can proclaim His excellencies IN OUR WAYS, IN OUR WORDS, and IN OUR WORSHIP.

Three Challenges:

Proclaim His excellencies IN OUR WORDS: find a way to mention Jesus to someone who needs to hear about him in an in-person conversation this week.

Proclaim His excellencies IN OUR WAYS: do a random act of kindness to someone outside your family, but not in total secret. Be sure the person knows you did what you did because of your love for Jesus.

Proclaim His excellencies IN OUR WORSHIP: take time to write a letter to God expressing your love, affection and thanks for the many ways you’ve seen his goodness (in your life and in our world).

1 Peter 1:13-2:3 …And Love One Another Deeply on the Journey

1 Peter 1:13-21
Put Grace in the Driver’s Seat…
1 Peter 1:22-2:3
…And Love One Another Deeply on the Journey
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
1 Peter 2:1
Love has no malice
Love has no deceit
Love has no hypocrisy
Love has no envy
Love has ho slander

Put Grace in the Driver’s Seat, and Love One Other Deeply on the Journey.

Engage authentically.
Expect transparency.
Encourage vulnerability.

1 Peter 1:13-21 Put Grace in the Driver’s Seat

“1 Peter is one of the noblest books in the entire new testament, containing all that is necessary for a Christian to know.” ~ Martin Luther

Set Your Hope Fully on Grace

Put grace in the driver’s seat.

Be Ready
Be Right-Minded.
Be Obedient
Be Different
Be Holy
Be Reverent
Hebrews 4:15-16
Be Faithful
Be Hopeful

2 Timothy 1:9 NLT

Grace has some “expectations.”