Finishing off this first-century letter to early Christians, Peter addresses the’elders’ of the communities he is writing to; that is, the senior leaders of the church. He gives them three tips for good leadership within the Church, which can be easily translated to any leadership positions. Peter then addresses people in positions of ‘followers’, under someone else’s leadership.
Essentially, Peter says to lead and be led with humility. Kirk explores humility for leaders, and humility for followers in the final talk in our Strangers: Far From Home series.
As Megan delivers her final talk at St John’s after filling in during Tim’s leave, she shows off her Latin vocabulary and looks at the phrase sub specie aeternitatis, meaning “from the perspective of eternity”. Peter uses this section of his letter to first-century Christians to lift our eyes to the reality of eternity – the present reality of suffering can make our lives difficult, but we must live in the light of eternity and things to come.
Peter writes about ways people in the first century lived in the day-to-day, debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, detestable wild living – and while they might not be a part of our day-to-day focus, there are still signs of living for today. If time is short, maximising the amount of pleasure in your life might be making sure you have the best clothes, that your money is secure, that your own personal success is guaranteed. Having the perspective of God, from an eternal point of view, can help us pe […]
Continuing our look through Peter’s letter to first-century Christians, scattered throughout the Roman Empire, Peter addresses a people who are beginning to be persecuted for their faith. Within a few years of this letter being written, Christianity is outlawed throughout the Roman world, and Christians are arrested for their faith.
Sam explores what happens when Christians suffer for doing good, and sees how Peter shows that they are blessed for their suffering, that suffering exercises their hope, and that Christians participate in suffering with Jesus- just as he suffered for us.
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Hello parents, This week, 23rd September, we will be having a full Q and A service. This is a great opportunity to ask a panel of Sunday@6 goers any God and faith related questions. Our next Youth Event will be a Ping-Pong-athon, Friday 12th October, a fun night of ping pong and hanging out. This event is to raise money to combat human trafficking and exploitation of young people in South East Asia. To find more information and to RSVP click here. Have a…
Hello parents, After this weeks service, 16th September we will be having a time of extended worship and prayer. This is a great chance to take a break from the week to praise God together through music and prayer. Our service will officially end between 7-7.10 pm, we will then kick everyone out, set up the space and then invite everyone back in for extended worship until around 8 pm. All are welcome, both youth and parents alike! Andi
Hey Parents, This Sunday we will be eating a meal together before our Sunday@6 service – 9th September. We love this opportunity to meet others in our church community and catch up over some delicious food. Dinner is at 5pm in the St John’s foyer, we recommend bringing a $5 donation to help us cover costs. Hope to see you then, Andi