The Coaches Corner

The Coaches Corner

I Peter 2

April 22, 2018

In any sport you might wish to name there is a necessity for a coach. It really does not matter how good the players on the team actually are there will probably be very few victories if the coach is not involved in keeping the team motivated, educated, and dedicated to the game plan. 

This particular chapter in 1st Peter is no doubt one of the most quoted chapters in the Bible. Some of the passages remind me of that critical speech the coach makes to his team before they hit the field. Those special words the coach has to say when he sees his team in a slump. He reminds the team that they are not like everyone else......"you are living stones, a spiritual house, built by GOD!" He proclaims that it does not matter what anyone else is saying about you or what they are are a "royal priesthood, you are CHOSEN". Do not let anyone put you down. It may seem like you are the underdog but get out there and show people you have the goods..."it is with well doing that you will put to silence the ignorance of foolish men". The coach stands up in the midst of the team and declares "be patient, endure grief and wrongful suffering.....its your calling for so did Christ who also suffered for us!' It's not time to be vengeful or allow resentment to get the best of you but know God is the judge. You may be sick but remember "by HIs stripes you are healed!" 

The encouragement to rise up and be counted for God is in verse after verse. The coach reminds us that we are children of destiny. It is not a destiny of defeat or discouragement but one of victory because we have been "called out of darkness into His marvelous light"!


1 Peter 2:1-25 (KJV) 

He dissuades them from evil intent

1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 

and urges them to be living stones of the spiritual house of which Christ is the cornerstone

4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. 

and to be obedient to civil authority 

13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. 

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Comments 4

Janette Tomlinson
Janette Tomlinson on Tuesday, 24 April 2018 12:29

Love your words Bro Hal, makes me want to get up out of my chair and fight fight fight!

Love your words Bro Hal, makes me want to get up out of my chair and fight fight fight! :D
Christine K
Christine K on Tuesday, 24 April 2018 15:10

Encouraging words Bro. Hal! Just gotta keep movin' forward in the midst of good days or bad days!

Encouraging words Bro. Hal! Just gotta keep movin' forward in the midst of good days or bad days!
Jennifer Luttman
Jennifer Luttman on Friday, 27 April 2018 12:04

Love the idea of being coached! I've had some great coaches in my life on and off the court. Gonna start thinking in the terms of God as the ultimate coach in my life. Thanks!

Love the idea of being coached! I've had some great coaches in my life on and off the court. Gonna start thinking in the terms of God as the ultimate coach in my life. Thanks!
Renee Childress
Renee Childress on Saturday, 28 April 2018 09:27

Thank you Bro Hal very encouraging!

Thank you Bro Hal very encouraging!
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