‘Stand Firm in this Grace’ this weeks vicar’s thought 22nd Sept

Stand Firm in this Grace[1]

Over the summer, we have studied and reflected upon Peter’s letter to scattered Christians in first-century Asia Minor, and have come to realise that it has a truly contemporary ring. His teaching and encouragement to those early Christians is still relevant to us twenty first century Christians in Oldfield Park. It is a letter full of certainty about our inheritance and our home, pointing us to the day when Christ will be revealed in glory. Time and again he reminds us of the fundamental truths of the way of Jesus. Peter gives us encouragement that God is with us and that any hardship we suffer will not overwhelm us. Above all, we need to experience more of God’s grace and have our trust in him deepened. We do not know what lies in store for us in the times ahead, but we do know that God is faithful and his compassion and protection will surround us. Peter started his letter by saying, ‘Grace and peace be yours in abundance,’ [2] and ends it by saying, ‘Stand firm in this grace’

[1] (this week’s one liner!). 1 Peter 5.12 [2] 1 Peter 1.2