Category Archives: The Pilgrims Guidebook (I Peter)

The Pilgrims’ Guidebook: Peace and security

Peter wrote his letter in order to encourage ordinary believers (like us) to stand firm against the rising tide of persecution. “This is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.” (verse 12) True apostolic doctrine (our election by … Continue reading

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The Pilgrims’ Guidebook: Spiritual warfare

Peter finishes his letter with some teaching on spiritual warfare. The Christian life is a constant struggle; we must never relax our guard, and there is no excuse for carelessness or self-indulgence. “Watch and pray so that you will not … Continue reading

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The Pilgrims’ Guidebook: Humility

The principle of humility applies to everyone – leaders as well as followers (Mark 10:42-44). Like the priests of Israel, who wore distinctive plain white robes (Exodus 28:40), Christians should wear the distinctive ‘uniform’ of humility. This will certainly make … Continue reading

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The Pilgrims’ Guidebook: Leadership

I Peter 5:1-4 If ordinary Christians are to stand firm during times of persecution, they must have good leadership. God has delegated the care of His people to church elders – and they are responsible for guarding them and feeding … Continue reading

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The Pilgrims’ Guidebook: Why Christians suffer (2)

I Peter 4:17-19 We need to be disciplined and refined. God has already begun the process of removing sin from His creation – and He begins with His own people (Malachi 3:2,3). The same judgement purifies the godly, but destroys … Continue reading

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The Pilgrims’ Guidebook: Why Christians suffer (1)

I Peter 4:12-16 Persecution and suffering should not come as any surprise to us; for God has warned us that, after their redemption, Christ’s people would be refined in the fire of affliction (Zechariah 13:7-9). Both for Him and for … Continue reading

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The Pilgrims’ Guidebook: Spiritual gifts

I Peter 4:10,11 All Christians have special, individual spiritual gifts. These are supernatural abilities, given by God; but the responsibility for using them rests with us. We are accountable to God for how we use what He has given to … Continue reading

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