Lessons from 1 Peter: Empowerment for Ministry

How are we empowered for ministry by God (Father, Son, and Spirit)?

Summary: The Father has chosen us as His, we are set apart through the blood of Christ and the Holy Spirit, protected from eternal harm, through our faith in the death of Christ on the cross on our behalf. God has not only chosen us, He considers us priceless.  God watches over us, hears our prayers, gives us words to say, and strength to serve, through the Holy Spirit who is even now resting on us.

From Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those temporarily residing abroad (in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, the province of Asia, and Bithynia) who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father by being set apart by the Spirit for obedience and for sprinklings with Jesus Christ’s blood. May grace and peace be yours in full measure! – 1 Peter 1:1-2

  • The Father has chosen us as His. 
  • God gives us the Holy Spirit. Those who have been chosen by God,  and have chosen to accept the gift of the blood of Christ as paying the penalty for our sins, are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, set apart as God’s.  The Holy Spirit is in us and with us, our counselor, comforter, and guide.  The Holy Spirit helps us to obey God.

who by God’s power are protected through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. – 1 Peter 1:5

  • God protects us from eternal harm, through our faith.  The acceptance  of Christ as our Savior protects us from eternal harm, and is a  reminder of the future promise of eternal life we have been given.

You know that from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors you were ransomed – not by perishable things like silver or gold, but by precious blood like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb, namely Christ. – 1 Peter 1:18

  • Christ has ransomed us through his death on the cross. He paid the penalty so that we might be free to live and serve him, and be given the gift of eternal life.

So as you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but chosen and priceless in God’s sight, – 1 Peter 2:4

  • God has not only chosen us, He considers us priceless.   It took a priceless sacrifice to ransom us, sacrifice more valuable than silver and gold, the blood of his own Son, Jesus Christ.  God would not sacrifice His priceless son, Jesus Christ, for something he considered worthless.  

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. You once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, but now you have received mercy. – 1 Peter 2:9-10

  • God has chosen us to serve Him. When God the Father chooses us as His people, He is also choosing us to represent Him an serve Him while we are here on this earth.  We are His people.  As royal priests, we are not only sons and daughters of the king, we are called to minister on His behalf, our lives being living sacrifices.  We are called to holy living.  As people of his own, we are called to tell the world of the one who chose us, who saved us, and who showed us mercy.

For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and his ears are open to their prayer. But the Lord’s face is against those who do evil. – 1 Peter 3:12

  • God watches over us, and hears our prayers.  For those who are doing their best to live in a way that is pleasing to God, he is watching over us.  He is listening to and hearing our prayers.

Whoever speaks, let it be with God’s words.  Whoever serves, do so with the strength that God supplies, so that in everything God will be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.- 1 Peter 4:11

  • God gives us words to say, both through giving us the bible and his words therein and allowing us to be empowered by the Holy Spirit in us.
  • God gives us strength.   If we try to make something happen in our own strength, we can often become overwhelmed. We cannot be anyone’s personal Savior, or put pressure upon ourselves to make something happen. There’s only one Savior, and His name is Jesus Christ.  When we humble ourselves and acknowledge God as our strength and empowerer, and follow His lead,  we are much more likely to be successful in our endeavors, and God is truly given the glory for our accomplishments. 

If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory, who is the Spirit of God, rests on you.- 1 Peter 4:14

  • The Holy Spirit is with us.   The Holy Spirit empowers us as comforter and guide.

How should these truths change your life? (James 1:22)