Steve Jaeger - February 16, 2020
The Church that Perseveres
Scripture References: 1 Peter 2:1-10
From Series: "Holy Perseverance: A Long Obedience to a Living Hope"
Moving through the Winter and anticipating Spring, TCBC is starting a new school semester. We are also fleshing out initiatives in our vision to live in some fresh new ways, while seeking our new Lead Pastor. In so doing, we anticipate God to be at work in us, among us and through us is remarkable ways. As always though, we recognize believers experience various forms of persecution in this world – a land that is not our home. We who stand for Jesus are often ostracized and made to feel like aliens and strangers in the midst of a lost world. That can intimidate us and cause us to withdraw from influencing others for the sake of the Kingdom. First Peter encourages us to lift our eyes off of present problems and instead be reassured by an eternal perspective in such a way as to live boldly for our King and Savior. Though believers may for a while suffer grief amidst trials, they await an eternal inheritance that can NEVER perish, spoil, or fade. Thus, we are to live now with steadfast endurance and exemplary behavior. This wonderfully deep call, combined with practical instructions make First Peter a unique source of encouragement for all believers who live in contrast to and conflict with their culture. A Long Obedience to a Living Hope means following Christ together as a holy and maturing spiritual family – a Priesthood of Believers that have a transforming influence wherever we are!