February 26, 2017

The Sanctified Society

Preacher:
Passage: 1 Peter 1:13-2:3

Our world is anxious over the opportunities and frustrations appearing as we adjust to a new geopolitical landscape. When political leaders revise old treaties and propose new walls, some citizens profit at the expense of others’ freedoms. Canadians must weave a society together in the midst of the fraying ends of change. By God’s grace, we find commonalities that bind us as citizens of one nation—but for how long, we don’t know. And therein lies the tension. With no overarching reason to love each other and maintain social ties, we must manage in a society of temporary tolerance. It’s a precariously-held sense of peace.

Thankfully, the society formed for Jesus is independent of the anxieties over politics, borders, and trade agreements. It exists for more than personal profit and upholds the value of every person in the spiritual family. The community formed in Christ thrives because God’s people love him and love each other. So, while the world worries over the temporary nature of tolerance, the people in the church should be at peace. We are secure in the sanctification of the Spirit (1 Peter 1:2) and united in the demonstration of God’s eternal love.

I look forward to God’s direction for us as we study 1 Peter 1:13-2:3 this weekend. We will look into five activities that describe the sanctified church in an anxious culture. No matter what is going on in the world, we know what we must do!

Small Group Curriculum

Sermon Notes

The Sanctified Society
Pastor Dwayne Francois // 1 Peter 1:13-2:3
February 25-26, 2017

Five activities for the sanctified church in an anxious culture (1 Peter 1:13-2:3)

• We hope in the coming grace of Jesus Christ (v. 13)

• We determine what to do and say based on God’s moral schematic (v. 14-16)

• We engage the world with reverence for God in respect of the high cost paid for redemption (v. 17-21)

• We love other believers with deep sincerity (1:22-23, 2:1)

• We crave spiritual nourishment so that we can continue to grow (2:2-3)