In our message this week in the Gospel of Mark, we see Mark pointing us to the knowledge that both the creation of the world AND the redemption of the world was a project of the triune God. A God in three persons, who have loved one another for all time and eternity, and is now inviting us to join the dance.
Peter is reminding us again, don’t be surprised if you suffer, even if it’s suffering for doing good. Keep your focus in the right place. Don’t worry, or be afraid, or only see the ugly of your situations. Look for the beauty of what God is doing.
In this message Brian shares his family’s story of adoption of their youngest daughter, and how God made beauty from suffering.
We don’t like standing out from the crowds. We want everyone to like us. Many of us never move past that middle-school mindset of trying to fit in; We still want to sit at the cool table. But Peter teaches that the weird table is so much better.
Peter doesn’t start off this letter with what the readers can do to fix their situation. He gives them a reminder of what Jesus has done for them, and a picture of hope for the future … for something beautiful. Because he knows that’s what’s going to transform them. That’s what’s going to sustain them.