Our Theme for 2021
1 Peter 1:3-9 A Living Hope
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and to an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you rejoice,[a] though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials, 7 so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Without having seen[b] him you[c] love him; though you do not now see him you[d] believe in him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted joy. 9 As the outcome of your faith you obtain the salvation of your souls.
This is exactly the message that we urgently need to hear from our loving God and Father as we are currently experiencing various trials and difficulties. What a remarkable, heart-warming encouragement!
Everything; a new birth, a living hope, a genuine faith, a heavenly inheritance; all gifts from God, clearly put into a divine perspective. When we act in faith, live in hope and share God’s love, we will bear much fruit; fruit that will last the test of time.
Some people may find it difficult to find God in the midst of trials and suffering. This presents a challenge, as well as an opportunity for us, as individuals and as a community, to let these people feel God’s love and compassion through our thoughts, prayers and actions. Then we can “rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for we are receiving the outcome of our faith, the salvation of our souls“.