Select a Church:

Main menu

Cultivating Humility

By Jonathan Mcintosh 1 Peter 5:6-14

1 Peter, written within a culture not yet Christian, is a highly relevant letter for Christians living in a culture no longer Christian. While Christians may still possess a certain amount of cultural capital in America, it is clear to see those cultural privileges diminishing in every area of society. As American Christians, we have much to learn from Peter who writes to believers who are marginalized and alienated on account of their allegiance to Christ.

read more...

Sermons

  • Call of Leadership

    1 Peter 5:1-5
    West County -  May 15, 2016
    Scott Hickox preaches from 1 Peter 5:1-5, on pride, humility, and the call of leadership.
    May 15, 2016

  • The Call to Servant Leadership

    1 Peter 5:1-5
    Southern Illinois -  May 15, 2016
    Rusty Maple preaches from The Journey Southern Illinois.
    May 15, 2016

  • Call of Leadership

    1 Peter 5:1-5
    May 15, 2016
    Pastor Jeremy Irwin explains why humility is the first essential quality to accepting and growing in the gospel, while pride is its primary enemy. (1 Peter 5:1-5)
    May 15, 2016

  • Rejoicing in Suffering

    1 Peter 4:12-19
    West County -  May 8, 2016
    Scott Hickox continues The Intersection sermon series from 1 Peter 4:12-19.
    May 8, 2016

  • Rejoicing in Suffering

    1 Peter 4:12-19
    Tower Grove -  May 8, 2016
    James Westbrook continues our series on 1 Peter.
    May 8, 2016

  • Rejoicing in Suffering

    1 Peter 4:12-19
    Hanley Road -  May 8, 2016
    Robert Millar preaches from The Journey Hanley Road.
    May 8, 2016

  • Rejoicing in Suffering

    1 Peter 4:12-19
    Southern Illinois -  May 8, 2016
    Rusty Maple preaches from The Journey Southern Illinois.
    May 8, 2016

  • Purpose of Life

    1 Peter 4:8-11
    May 1, 2016
    Does what you do today really matter? Jeremy Bedenbaugh explains that as Christians we should live in the present with an expectant hope for the future. (1 Peter 4:8-11)
    May 1, 2016

  • Suffering as a Christian

    Metro East -  May 1, 2016
    Ryne Brewer preaches from our Metro East church.
    May 1, 2016

  • Don't Waste God's Grace

    1 Peter 4:1-7
    April 24, 2016
    How can we live a life that matters? Curtis Gilbert walks us through necessary spiritual disciplines that help us see God's grace in our lives.
    April 24, 2016

  • In The Storm

    Hebrews 12:1-11
    Tower Grove -  April 17, 2016
    Jeremy Bedenbaugh preaches from Hebrews 12:1-11.
    April 17, 2016

  • In The Storm

    Hebrews 12:1-11
    South County -  April 17, 2016
    Tim Ezell preaches from Hebrews 12.
    April 17, 2016

  • In The Storm

    Hebrews 12:1-11
    Metro East -  April 17, 2016
    Curtis Gilbert preaches from Hebrews 12:1-11.
    April 17, 2016

  • In The Storm

    Hebrews 12:1-11
    Hanley Road -  April 17, 2016
    Jeremy Irwin preaches from Hanley Road.
    April 17, 2016

  • In The Storm

    Hebrews 12:1-11
    West County -  April 17, 2016
    Scott Hickox preaches from West County.
    April 17, 2016

  • In The Storm

    Hebrews 12:1-11
    Southern Illinois -  April 17, 2016
    Rusty Maple preaches from Southern Illinois.
    April 17, 2016

  • Jesus Suffered

    1 Peter 3:18-22
    April 10, 2016
    Jeremy Bedenbaugh shows us why Jesus' suffering is a complete, final, and perfect payment for sin.
    April 10, 2016

  • The Intersection | April 10th, 2016

    1 Peter 4:1-7
    April 10, 2016
    Curtis Gilbert continues our 1 Peter sermon series.
    April 10, 2016

  • Suffering For God

    1 Peter 3:8-17
    April 3, 2016
    James Westbrook continues our series on 1 Peter. (1 Peter 3:8-17)
    April 3, 2016

  • Loving Your Spouse

    1 Peter 3:1-7
    Southern Illinois -  March 20, 2016
    Rusty Maple continues our sermon series on 1 Peter.
    March 20, 2016

  • Loving Your Spouse

    1 Peter 3:1-7
    West County -  March 20, 2016
    Scott Hickox continues our sermon series on 1 Peter.
    March 20, 2016

  • Loving Your Spouse

    March 20, 2016
    When your marriage is bad, nothing in life is that satisfying. When it's good, nothing is that devastating. Curtis Gilbert helps clarify the roles of headship and submission, and how, when understood correctly, they help our marriages thrive. (1 Peter 3:1-7)
    March 20, 2016

  • Loving Your Spouse

    1 Peter 3:1-7
    Hanley Road -  March 20, 2016
    Jeremy Irwin continues our study of 1 Peter.
    March 20, 2016

  • Loving Your Spouse

    1 Peter 3:1-7
    South County -  March 20, 2016
    Tim Ezell continues our series on 1 Peter.
    March 20, 2016

  • Loving Your Spouse

    1 Peter 3:1-7
    Metro East -  March 20, 2016
    Curtis Gilbert continues our series on 1 Peter.
    March 20, 2016

  • Loving God in a Hostile Work Environment

    1 Peter 2:18-25
    March 13, 2016
    What if your faith could actually thrive in the hostile environment you call your job? In this sermon, Darrin Patrick shows us how it can. 1 Peter 2:18-25
    March 13, 2016

  • Submitting to the Government without Compromising your Faith

    1 Peter 2:13-17
    March 6, 2016
    What does it look like to be a Christian in a politically charged culture?
    March 6, 2016

  • Being the Church in the World

    1 Peter 2:9-12
    February 28, 2016
    In an increasingly secular culture, how can we continue to be the Church to the world? As Jeremy Bedenbaugh explains, it starts by understanding our identity.
    February 28, 2016

  • Being the Church in the World

    1 Peter 2:9-12
    West County -  February 28, 2016
    Scott Hickox shows us how we can be the Church in an increasingly secular culture.
    February 28, 2016

  • Being the Church in the World

    South County -  February 28, 2016
    Tim Ezell explains how we can be the Church in an increasingly secular world.
    February 28, 2016

  • Being the Church in the World

    1 Peter 2:9-12
    Southern Illinois -  February 28, 2016
    Rusty Maple explains how we can be the Church in an increasingly secular culture.
    February 28, 2016

  • Understanding the Bible

    1 Peter 2:1-8
    February 21, 2016
    Curtis Gilbert explains why, if we embrace Jesus, we have to embrace the Bible as well.
    February 21, 2016

  • The Reward for Suffering Well

    1 Peter 1:17-25
    West County -  February 14, 2016
    Scott Hickox continues our series on 1 Peter from The Journey West County.
    February 14, 2016

  • The Reward for Suffering Well

    1 Peter 1:17-25
    Hanley Road -  February 14, 2016
    Jeremy Irwin continues our study of 1st Peter from The Journey Hanley Road.
    February 14, 2016

  • The Reward for Suffering Well

    1 Peter 1:17-25
    February 14, 2016
    Darrin Patrick continues our series on 1 Peter.
    February 14, 2016

  • How The Gospel Changes You

    1 Peter 1:10-16
    February 7, 2016
    Darrin Patrick explains how we grow in practical holiness by thinking deeply about the gospel and its implications for every area of life.
    February 7, 2016

  • The Purpose of God in Your Suffering

    January 31, 2016
    Jeremy Bedenbaugh shows us how Peter contrasts the problem of pain with the purpose of pain.
    January 31, 2016

  • The Purpose of God in Your Suffering

    1 Peter 1:6-9
    Metro East -  January 31, 2016
    Curtis Gilbert continues our series on 1 Peter.
    January 31, 2016

  • The Purpose of God in Your Suffering

    1 Peter 1:6-9
    Southern Illinois -  January 31, 2016
    Rusty Maple continues our series on 1 Peter from The Journey Southern Illinois.
    January 31, 2016

  • The Purpose of God in Your Suffering

    1 Peter 1:6-9
    South County -  January 31, 2016
    Tim Ezell continues our series on 1 Peter.
    January 31, 2016

  • You Are Chosen By God

    1 Peter 1:1-5
    January 24, 2016
    Darrin Patrick takes an in-depth look at the doctrine of election.
    January 24, 2016

  • Peter's Transformation

    1 Peter 1:1-5
    January 17, 2016
    Darrin Patrick opens our study of 1st Peter.
    January 17, 2016

More About this Series

In studying 1 Peter, will see that faith in Christ is costly. It will cost us comfort. It will cost us relationships. It will cost us influence. The suffering (“trials,” 1:6; 4:12) that Peter refers to may refer to the systematic government-sponsored persecution of Christians (under Emperor Nero), but it certainly refers to the commonplace ridicule, insult, and slander (2:12; 3:13-17; 4:14-16) from unbelievers within their families, neighborhoods, and workplaces, who viewed the gospel as foolish and offensive and their lifestyle as backwards.

Peter wants believers to “stand firm” “in the true grace of God” (5:12) by rightly understanding God’s purposes in their suffering and by rightly relating to the surrounding pagan culture. He wants believers to have a posture of joy (1:8; 5:13) and wisdom (1:13; 2:12; 4:1) as they serve one another and witness to the world.

While Peter does not use the “union with Christ” language familiar to Paul’s epistles, he parallels the past, present, and future realities of the believers with those of Christ:

Election: Believers are “elect exiles” “according to the foreknowledge of God the Father” (1:1-2), following “in the footsteps” (2:21) of Christ, who “was foreknown before the foundation of the world” (1:20).

Sanctification | Atonement: Believers are called to do good as they suffer unjustly (2:15-16, 19), following “in the footsteps” (2:21) of Christ, the Suffering Servant (Isa. 53), who “when he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly” (2:23).

Eschatology | Resurrection: Believers will receive “an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfaded” (1:4). Having their faith tested (1:7) and having “shared [in] Christ’s sufferings,” they will “also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed” (4:13).

In all these ways, and more, Peter “prepares” (1:13) and “arms” (4:1) our thinking about suffering so that we can resist sin as a relief from present suffering and proclaim the hope we have in Christ to a world in darkness (2:9).

Podcasts

×
×