A Royal Priesthood (1 Peter 1:2-12)Pastor Steve Newton, January 15, 2017
Part of the 1 Peter series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
The problem we have with our identity as the church in America is that politicians know how to push the hot buttons that polarize the church. They push the abortion button, or the gay marriage button, or the environmentalism button, or military spending button, or the immigration button, or the refugee button, or the radical Islam button, and the church begins to split along political lines.
I wish that Democrats and Republicans would get together, open their Bibles and read the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount and ask, “If we are to take Jesus seriously, what can we conclude about our policies as a nation, and our behavior as individuals?”
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1 Peter 1:2-12
2Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. 3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 10Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: 11Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. 12Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. (KJV)