Complete Sermon Series on 1 Peter

Following are twenty-four sermons on 1 Peter, preached as my first series as a senior pastor.

1 Peter 1:1-2; 5:12 Series Introduction: Persevering in Persecution
1 Peter 1:3-5 Such a Secure Salvation
1 Peter 1:6-9 Overcoming Obstacles
1 Peter 1:10-12 Suffering is the Path to Glory
1 Peter 1:13 Choose a Certain Hope
1 Peter 1:13-25 A Call to Obedient Action
1 Peter 2:1-3 Long for the Milk of the Word
1 Peter 2:4-5a Becoming a Spiritual House
1 Peter 2:5b Offering Spiritual Sacrifices
1 Peter 2:6-8 Cornerstone and Stumbling Stone
1 Peter 2:8-10 Destined for God’s Purpose
1 Peter 2:11-12 Good Works for a Watching World
1 Peter 2:13-17 Submission to Civil Authorities
1 Peter 2:18-20 Submission in the Workplace
1 Peter 1:21-25 Following the Suffering Servant
1 Peter 3:1-6 Instructions for Wives
1 Peter 3:7 Instructions for Husbands
1 Peter 3:8-12 Instructions for All Christians
1 Peter 3:13-22 Facing Persecution for Christ
1 Peter 4:1-6 Living Like Christ in an Unbelieving World
1 Peter 4:7-11 Living as a Christian Community in an Unbelieving World
1 Peter 4:12-19 Finding Purpose in Suffering for Christ
1 Peter 5:1-5 Humble Leaders and Members in the Church
1 Peter 5:6-11 Reaching the End of Suffering

Soli Deo Gloria

Reaching the End of Suffering (1 Peter 5:6-11)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | February 26, 2012


6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 5:6-11)


This is the final sermon in the 1 Peter series. Click here for the series of twenty-three sermons on the entire book of 1 Peter.

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Humble Leaders and Members in the Church (1 Peter 5:1-5)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | February 19, 2012


So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:1-5) Continue reading

The Purposes for Suffering (1 Peter 4:12-19)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | February 12, 2012


12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.  13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And “If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” 19 Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good. (1Pe 4:12-19) Continue reading

Living As a Christian Community in an Unbelieving World (1 Peter 4:7-11)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | February 5, 2012


The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. 8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies–in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
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Living Like Christ in an Unbelieving World (1 Peter 4:1-6)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | January 29, 2012


Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. 2  As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3  For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do–living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4  They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 5  But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6  For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit. (1 Peter 4:1-6)
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Facing Persecution Today (1 Peter 3:13-22)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | January 22, 2012


Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14  But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” 15  But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16  keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17  For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18  For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19  After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits– 20  to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21  and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also–not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22  who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand–with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him. (1 Peter 3:13-22) Continue reading

Instructions for All Christians (1 Peter 3:8-12)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | November 13, 2011


8 Finally, all of you be likeminded, sympathetic, loving, compassionate, humble, 9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but instead, returning a blessing, knowing that for this you were called that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For, “He who desires to love life and to see good days, let him stop his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; 11 let him turn away from evil and let him do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. 12 Because the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and His ears are open to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against the ones doing evil.” (1 Peter 3:8-12) Continue reading

Instructions for Husbands (1 Peter 3:7)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | November 6, 2011


You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered. (1 Peter 3:7) Continue reading

Instructions for Wives (1 Peter 3:1-6)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | October 30, 2011


Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2  when they see your respectful and pure conduct. 3  Do not let your adorning be external–the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear– 4  but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. 5  For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, 6  as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening. (1 Pet. 3:1-6) 
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Following the Suffering Servant (1 Peter 2:21-25)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | October 23, 2011


For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: 22  “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; 23  who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24  who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness– by whose stripes you were healed. 25  For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. (1 Pet. 2:21-25) Continue reading

Servants Submit to Receive a Reward (1 Peter 2:18-20)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | October 16, 2011


Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable. 19  For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly. 20  For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God. (1 Pet. 2:18-20) Continue reading

Submitting to Governing Authorities (1 Peter 2:13-17)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | October 9, 2011


Good Works in a Watching World (1 Peter 2:11-12)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | October 2, 2011


Dear friends, I urge you, as temporary residents and foreigners in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.  Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. (1 Pet. 2:11-12) Continue reading

Destined for God’s Purpose (1 Peter 2:8b-10)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | September 25, 2011


8b They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Continue reading

Christ: Firm Foundation and Stumbling Stone (1 Peter 2:6-8)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | September 18, 2011


6 For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” (Isa 28:16)  7 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” (Psa 118:22)  8 and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” (Isa 8:14) They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. (1 Pet. 2:6-8) Continue reading

Offering Spiritual Sacrifices (1 Peter 2:5b)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | September 11, 2011


“…you yourselves are…to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 2:5b Continue reading

Christ the Choice Cornerstone (1 Peter 2:4-5a)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | September 4, 2011


4 As you come to him, a living stone, who was indeed rejected by people, but who is a select, precious stone in God’s eyes, 5a you also yourselves are being built like living stones into a spiritual house…  Continue reading

Long For the Milk of the Word (1 Peter 2:1-3)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | August 28, 2011


1 Therefore, having gotten rid of all malice, all deceit, insincerity, envy, and every type of slander, 2 like newborn babies desire the pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up to salvation, 3 since you have tasted the Lord’s kindness.

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Called to Obey (1 Peter 1:13-21)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | August 14, 2011

Called to Obedient Action (1 Peter 1:13-25)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | August 8, 2011


Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance,  15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,  16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”  17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile,  18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold,  19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.  20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you  21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.  22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,  23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;  24 for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls,  25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you. (1 Pet. 1:13-25 ESV)
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A Certain Hope (1 Peter 1:13)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | August, 7, 2011


Therefore, gird your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 1:13) Continue reading

Suffering is the Path to Glory (1 Peter 1:10-12)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | July 31, 2011


This salvation was something even the prophets wanted to know more about when they prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for you. They wondered what time or situation the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about when he told them in advance about Christ’s suffering and his great glory afterward. They were told that their messages were not for themselves, but for you. And now this Good News has been announced to you by those who preached in the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. It is all so wonderful that even the angels are eagerly watching these things happen.  (1 Pet. 1:10-12) Continue reading

Overcoming Obstacles (1 Peter 1:6-9)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg  | July 17, 2011


In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7  These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8  Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9  for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Pet. 1:6-9)
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Such a Secure Salvation (1 Peter 1:3-5)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg | July 10, 2011


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

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Persevering in Persecution (1 Peter 1:1-2; 5:12)

Sermon by Rev. Daniel L. Sonnenberg  | July 3, 2011


This letter is from Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ. I am writing to God’s chosen people who are living as foreigners in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy.

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