Passage: 1 Peter 1:13-25

Speaker: Mitch Kim

Series: Heaven Touching Earth – Community

Belonging To A Holy People

Communities with high standards flourish. We might assume the opposite; make things easy for people to join a community, then many people will join. However without high standards, community falters. When a church fails to be distinct from the world around it, churches struggle; commitment to evangelism in a church that is no different than the world around it will not yield lasting fruit. High expectations help churches flourish,[1] and the Bible calls these high standards “holiness.” But isn’t holiness legalistic and too religious? Indeed holiness without grace is legalism, but grace without holiness goes nowhere. Grace propels us toward holiness. Also holiness is not enough; holiness leads to love. We  “love one another earnestly from a pure heart” (1 Pet 1:22); the purity of holiness is the heart of love. The book of 1 Peter cultivates community among Christians scattered in a pagan empire. How? 1 Peter 1:13–25 calls us:  “As we pursue holiness, moved by hope, bought with Jesus’ blood, and believing in God who raises the dead so that we can love one another.”