Identity matters - 1 Peter 1:1-2

This is a sermon by Peter Birnie from the Riverside Church service on 18th April 2021.

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1 Peter 1 v 1-2 “Identity Matters”

Intro: The Edinburgh Cowboy and the Edinburgh Football Fan



1) The incredible privilege of being a Christian

a) Who?

-    Is Peter?


The power of the gospel turns a failure into an apostle.



  • Are they?


God’s elect, chosen people.



b) How?

“chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with is blood.”



Salvation is so great it requires the work of the whole Trinity


c) Why?


God has saved youbecause he loves you and because he wants to demonstrate his glory through you.



God loves, saves and changes normal sinners.



2) The incredible challenge of being a Christian

d) Where?

“To God’s elect, exiles, scattered throughout the provinces.”



Scattered exiles are going to face a very difficult time:

But we must not hide our colours, we must not hide God’s love and glory in Jesus.




e) What?

“Grace and peace be yours in abundance.”


One day scattered exiles will become gathered citizens!


1 Peter 1 v 1-2 “Identity Matters” Home Group Questions

1) Do you ever feel like you are just ‘dressing up’ like a Christian? When are you tempted to ‘hide your colours as a Christian’?


2) Why is it surprising that Peter can be called an apostle of Jesus Christ? Why is it surprising that the Christians in Turkey that Peter is writing to can be called ‘God’s elect’? Why then should we not be surprised that God has chosen people like you and me?


3) How does this passage explain the work that has happened for sinners to become God’s people? What should this do for our security as Christians and what impact should it have on our witness to the people around us?


4) ‘God loves, saves, and changes normal sinners.’ How does this truth help us to see the great purpose the glorious loving God has in choosing each one of us and placing us in our individual situations?


5) Why does our special position as God’s chosen people inevitably mean we will face opposition in this world? What confidence can the end of verse 2 give us as we live in this world waiting for our true home?

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