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The Character of Living Hope: Holiness

October 1, 2017 Speaker: Mike Ivancic Series: Life in Exile: Standing Firm in the Grace of God

Topic: Life in Exile: Standing firm in the grace of God Passage: 1 Peter 1:13–1:21

What is the church? What is a Christian? Peter tells us in his first short letter that it is those on whom God has set his love before the foundation of the world and has given them a new birth through faith in the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. Further, that because of this we have entered into a living hope and received an eternal inheritance that is assured for us. And this all a gift of God's grace and although there is no denying this Peter says there is more to this than right belief. One of central ways God describes and characterizes His people is by the word Holy. This is so critical for the church's identity that the author of Hebrews writes, Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. This Sunday we looked at THE indispensable condition for the church's self-understanding and requirement if it's mission to challenge and bring true hope to our pagan culture is to be effective. Thank you for joining us on our journey together through the series on 1 Peter entitled "Life in Exile: Standing Firm in the Grace of God".

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