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Series: Living in a Stable Economy
1 Peter 1:1-2
January 30, 2011
Over the last couple of years the economy has been the subject of much debate,
What is a "stable economy?"
One wrote this about it:
It's a theoretical concept. There is no such thing in the real world, since all economies are constantly re-adjusting to unexpected news.
But, the idea is that a stable economy is one where there have been no surprises in a long time, and the economy has settled down and adjusted to all old shocks. The concept of a stable economy also has the feature that IF a shock were to occur, that the economy would eventually settle back to its original equilibrium rather than collapsing.
Someone said that the term "stable economy" is an oxymoron. It's actually a town south of Never Never Land where Bigfoot and the seven dwarfs live.
I'm not sure if you thought this series was going to about money or if you gave any thought to it whatsoever.
It has to do with the economy of the kingdom of heaven.
We think of economy as primarily having to do with finances.
But the word economy comes from the Greek word "oikonomia" which means, "household management."
What we're going to see all through this letter is that the apostle Peter is showing and reminding these followers of Christ that they live in a new economy now: the household of faith.
Look at what he says about these believers in Christ in regard to their new economy.
He compares the church (a word he never uses in this letter) to a family:
You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house
1 Peter 2:5
For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God…
1 Peter 4:17
So, they were now a part of a new economy: a stable economy.
You'll recall that in the days and weeks following the 9/11 tragedy in Manhattan, that churches were filled with people.
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