Peter’s call to action is a call to renew our Hope and the pursuit of Holiness, both of which will be brought to perfection on the day of Christ’s return.
The Lord allows the events of history to happen. By examining his ways with his people in the past we can gain insight on how we are to respond to our current crisis.
Peter blesses God for the hope of an eternal inheritance and also for his testing and proving of our faith in the midst of trials which is for our good, turning us toward him and resulting in joy.
The demise of the house of King Saul and the ascent of King David's shows that the consequences of our actions and how we live our lives affect not just us alone but the people around us as well.
The events surrounding men like Abner and Joab in 2 Samuel 2 and 3 are a reminder to us that the Kingdom of God, what God is doing in history, is not merely some theoretical reality but is something that takes place on the ground, in and among the lives of real people.
Jesus compared the kingdom of God to a mustard seed. It starts small. David’s kingdom in Judah starts small, but it has the marks of the kingdom of God: small beginnings; the priority of prayer; benediction and invitation; and opposition.
The story of 1 Samuel turns on this chapter, with the anointing of David and his service to Saul. David means, “Beloved.” David was chosen because God saw him and loved him.
Paul gives the Corinthian church practical guidance in how to do God's work in their lives.
As children of God we are not alone for we belong to the family of God. We are part of a story that is bigger than ourselves.
In answering the disciples' question about the destruction of the temple, Jesus foretells signs of an imminent temporal event which will take place in the lifetime of his audience. Instead of end times speculation, the church needs to be busy with gospel proclamation and mission.
When we selflessly serve the needs of others, we embody God's ministerial authority. Kingdom service is true greatness because behind kingdom service is the omnipotent power of God.