Sermon Series: The First Letter of Peter
Sermon Title: The Surprise of the Gospel
Sermon Text: 1 Peter 1:1-2
Daily Devotional Guide
A surprise can be good and it can be bad. If your boss calls you in to tell you that he wants to give you more money for working less hours, that's a good surprise. If he calls you in to tell you that your office has been moved to the shed out back and that you're now going to be paid with words of affirmation instead of money, that would probably be a surprise too. It's just not a good one.
If you understand the Bible and the human condition, you'll know that the gospel is a surprise. And it's a good one. It's a surprise that a loving, holy God who spoke creation into existence would grant salvation to humans, the climax of his creation, who rebelled against him. This is a mystery. Mysteries, like surprises, can be good or bad. The gospel is a good mystery. It is the best of surprises.
My prayer for you as we begin through the book of 1 Peter is that, if you haven't already, you would repent of your sins, submit to Jesus, and believe in his mysterious, surprising gospel. My prayer for the rest of us is that we would grow stronger in our faith so that we would remain faithful and always be ready to proclaim and defend it in a world that is growing increasingly hostile to it.
Monday - 1 Peter 1:1-12
Tuesday - 1 Peter 1:13-25
Wednesday - 1 Peter 2
Thursday - 1 Peter 3:1-7
Friday - 1 Peter 3:8-22
Saturday - 1 Peter 4
Sunday - 1 Peter 5