Embracing Opposition — 1 Peter
Peter is writing to Jewish believers who were living in what is modern day Turkey (Asia Minor). These believers were far from the safety of their homeland (Israel) and were facing opposition from Jewish zealots, the Romans, culture and each other. Living as exiles meant no one would’ve blamed them for losing their desire to remain holy/separate from the world, but Peter was writing to challenge them not to give up. He then tells them throughout the book how to embrace the opposition, not just endure it. Join us as we see how we can apply these challenges from Peter in our days.
The Eyes of the Lord
Pastor John Lowder
1 Peter 3:8–12
Opposition isn’t always from others. Sometimes it comes from within ourselves when we know the right thing to do … but struggle to do it. When we are told to bless those who curse us or be humble and sympathetic to others, no matter what, we can easily oppose those commands! So why would we do those things then? The reasons are compelling!