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196885_120491338028496_6089533_nOur church is a multicultural group of people that form a family called Brentwood Park Alliance Church.  We believe that God loves everyone, has shown his love for us through Jesus Christ, and wants to help us live more meaningful and fulfilling lives.  We would love to have you visit our church on a Sunday or drop in to one of the activities that we have during the week.

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Don Dyck                                           Ron Hunka

Lead Pastor                                      Associate Pastor

Brentwood Park Alliance Church

1410 Delta Avenue, Burnaby, BC, Canada, V5B 3G2

Telephone: 604.291.1635

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Find the most recent study notes and audio of Sunday studies below:

February 18, 2018 – Starting with the Right Perspective

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Speaker: Don Dyck

Series: Fully Engaged

Study #3: Starting with the Right Perspective

Scripture: 1st Peter 1:3-12 (all Scripture links go to BibleGateway.com)


Link to Podcast

Brief review of our study of 1 Peter

  • A letter written by Peter to the followers of Jesus who were “scattered” throughout Asia Minor (present day Turkey)
  • No specific churches are mentioned and most likely they were part of loosely organized elder-led churches that met in homes
    • this letter would have been passed around and read out loud in their gatherings
  • Written to them to encourage them to stand up under the increasing pressure and backlash they were beginning to experience because of their faith and instead of withdrawing to become fully engaged in all areas of life as followers of Jesus
  • The Peter we meet on these pages is a very different person from the one we first meet in the gospels – a man still of strong character but transformed by his encounter with the risen Jesus, a transformation that has radically changed his perspective and the orientation of his life

Study notes on key words and phrases in 1 Peter 1:3-12

  • Praise be…
    • Gk., eulogetos
    • i.e., the word from which we get “eulogy” – meaning to ascribe glory, to honor – in the NT only used with reference to giving God glory, to praising God
      • Peter opens with an expression of praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
        • two times in these first three verses Peter has referred to God as Father and he also indicates the centrality of Jesus Christ by mentioning his name in this form four times as well as referring to him as Lord in verse 3
  • …his great mercy…
    • a response when faced with an affliction, often undeserved, that others are experiencing; more than just an emotion mercy evokes a response in action on behalf of the afflicted
  • …new birth…
    • rebirth, lit., to cause to be reborn; Peter draws on his time with Jesus (see John 3:3)
      • new birth into:
        • …a living hope…
          • not our projection into the future but an expression of trust in God who knows the future rather than in ourselves – our ingenuity and our resources
          • requires waiting for God to act
        • …an inheritance that can never…
          • …perish…
            • cannot be destroyed, not subject to decay
          • …spoil…
            • undefiled; clean; maintains its purity
          • …fade away…
            • maintains its brilliance and pristine character
        • …kept in heaven…
  • …shielded by God’s power…
    • protected
      • not from danger or suffering but in the middle of it
      • how do you answer the questions, “Why do bad things happen to good and/or innocent people? Why doesn’t God do something about it?”
  • …for the salvation…
    • another significant aspect of the living hope we have been “born into”
    • there is a present dimension of our salvation (see verse 9, …for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls…) as well as a future dimension (verse 5, …to be revealed in the last time…)
    • a parallel statement follows, …when Jesus Christ is revealed…
      • “reveal” – to unveil, pull back the curtain, bring into view what has been hidden from sight
  • …greatly rejoice… (verse 6 and again in 8)
    • joy is not dependent on our present circumstances but influenced by a future hope and is an expression of confidence in God, celebrating his acts on our behalf, keeping his greater purposes in mind
    • expressing joy in God as well as joy before God
    • notice the descriptive terms: inexpressible and glorious
  • …suffer grief in all kinds of trials…
    • the testing of our faith
      • genuine faith is faith that has been tested and has withstood and grown through the test
      • for Peter’s experience see Luke 22:31-34; 54-62; John 21:15-23
      • the testing of our faith, even when we fail at first, builds us up so we can strengthen the faith of others
  • …have not seen him… do not see him now…
    • seeing through the eyes of faith
      • loving and believing in Jesus are equated by Peter – believing leads to loving, and love in action is in itself a demonstration and proof of faith
      • love for Jesus is demonstrated through obedience to him – see 1 Peter 1:2; John 14:15; 15:9-17
  • …concerning this salvation…the prophets who spoke… searched…
    • Peter plugs the experience of his readers into the greater narrative of the unfolding plan and purposes of God of which they are a part
      • …it was revealed to them…not serving themselves but you…

Questions for Further Study and Life Group Discussion

1) Connecting with Your Story

  • Describe an experience in your life that changed your perspective, your way of seeing and understanding something about your life and this world. (For example, a trip you took to a previously unvisited part of the world that affected how you understood that particular place and people as well as how you understood your own life.)
  • What difference has that made in how you live today?

2)  Quick Review

  • Looking back at your notes from this week’s study, was there a particular point, verse or comment that caught your attention, challenged you, or raised a question?

3)  Digging Deeper

  • a)  Read Romans 5:1-5 and James 1:2-4.
    • Keeping in mind what was talked about on Sunday about trials and suffering, what is the connection between hope and joy with those trials? How has that been working out in your life?
  • b)  Read about Peter’s experience – Luke 22:31-34; 54-62; John 21:15-23.
    • How has Peter’s experience shaped who he is at the time of writing this letter?
  • c)  Read 1 Peter 1:10-12 and Hebrews 11:13-16; 39-40.
    • How do you understand and live your life with this larger perspective in mind about serving future generations?
    • How does that affect what you do with your life and how you spend your time and your money?

4) Taking It Home

  • What is one or two take-aways from this week’s study? Be specific and decide how you will put those take-aways into practice in your everyday life.