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Hope During Hard Times (1 of 14)
Series: 1 Peter - A People of Hope
1 Peter 1:1-12
Introduction: This is a book on hope! We cannot live with out hope! "Hopelessness" is a word that is often used in suicide notes. No one could better write on this subject than Peter himself.
One of the twelve disciples! Impetuous, rugged, strong willed, he did nothing halfheartedly. The first to believe and the first to deny! One who said He would be willing to die and yet when confronted with death cowered away.
A man who was so ashamed with his failures that he gave up hope and went back to fishing.
Yet God never gave up on him. It was at the resurrection that Jesus said in Mark 16:7 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.'"(NIV)
It was at Galilee that He was forgiven and hope was fully restored when Jesus said in John 21:15-17 15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs." 16 Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me?" He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep." 17 The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my sheep. NIV
Peter knew what it was like to have all hope gone and then have it restored.
We don't look alike, We don't act alike, We don't dress alike. We have different tastes in food, in books in cars in music etc. Our weights vary, Our heights vary. The color of our skin varies.
But there is one thing that we all have in common. We all know what it means to hurt. We all experience hard times! Suffering is a universal language.
The Apostle Peter wrote his fi ...
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