I Peter 1:1-2
I've been lifting up the Biblical and Presbyterian understanding of membership (in that order). This sermon lifted up the Marks of the Church. The Book of Order (BOO) is referenced for the marks.
I Peter Introduction
Congregations where in the provinces of Modern day Turkey. They highlight the importance of place and geography.
God’s elect: he has you in place for a purpose
God has purpose for the church in all places, and all times.
Through the sanctifying work of the Spirit
For the purpose of obeying Jesus Christ, sprinkled with his blood
Chosen according to the foreknowledge of God.
“unity is God’s gift to the church in Jesus Christ” (BOO)
It is God’s call upon us that is our unity. It isn’t the demonstration of being united. We already are united in Christ. We are a body, one. If we don’t feel unity, we should look only to ourselves, what should I do to help affirm something that God has declared to be true.
As a body, we are to care for our members, fellow parts of the body.
“to become priests for one another, praying fore the world and for one another and sharing the various gifts God has given to each Christian for the benefit of the whole community” (BOO)
The sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit
“holiness if God’s gift to the Church in Jesus Christ”
holy means: To be set apart
“Just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written, “Be holy, because I am holy” (quote from Leviticus)
How are we made holy? Sprinkled with the blood of Christ
“on the whole”
“the whole being represented in each local church”
A term of contrast to describe a faith that is not heretical.
“what is believed everywhere, always and by all” ---Vincent of Lerins
--often, scripture, creeds, sacraments, ministry
(Catholic notes taken from
Dictionary of Christian Theology) Westminster
Christ sent his disciples, Tertullian, “the churches come from the apostles, as the apostles had come from Christ and Christ from God” (WDCT)
Continue the faithfulness of the witness to Christ first done by the Apostles
“sent” Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “receive the Holy Spirit”.
“For the purpose of obeying Jesus Christ”
The jobs of Members: live the unity that is in Jesus Christ
To be holy, so that we also live as a holy congregation
Faith isn’t just our faith, we are part of a faith bigger than us
Message has made its way to us, who are we getting the message to?