1 Peter 1:13-21
The word “be” appears at least 36 times in the brief book of 1 Peter. His message was crystal clear: we must practice what we preach.
What Matters Most to You as a Person? v. 13
Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self‑controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.
1. Position .
2. Power .
3. Money .
4. Success .
5. Family .
6. Spirituality .
Thought: True Christians are hopeful people.
What Are the Watchwords of the BelieverÕs Life? vv. 14-16
As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16for it is written: ÒBe holy, because I am holy.
1. Conviction . Ephesians 4:22-24
2. Commitment . Philippians 4:13
3. Discipline . Titus 2:11-12
4. Dependence . Hebrews 12:2
Thought: True Christians are holiness people.
What Will it Take for Me to Be All I Can Be? vv. 17-21
Since you call on a Father who judges each manÕs work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. 18For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
1. Be sober . Ephesians 5:18
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
2. Be holy . 1 Peter 1:15
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;
3. Be submissive . 1 Peter 2:18
Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.
4. Be ready . 1 Peter 3:15
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
5. Be prayerful . 1 Peter 4:7
The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self‑controlled so that you can pray.
6. Be happy . 1 Peter 4:9
Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.
7. Be diligent . 1 Peter 5:8
Be self‑controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Thought: True Christians are committed people.