Sam Whittaker
Mar 24, 2019
1 Peter 3:8–17
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In this section of 1 Peter 3, we are challenged with a scenario that opposes our western value of self-preservation. We are given guidelines for conduct in the face of persecution that seem humanly impossible. Peter suggests that instead of retaliation, we respond with blessing. Humility, peace, and love are elevated as the character traits that lead to our ultimate blessing. When our focus is on love and peace, most conflicts will be avoided altogether. But we can and will be persecuted for doing right; what then? By leaving retaliation and justice in the hands of God, one can position themselves to be covered, heard, and seen by God. It also preserves one’s reputation and gives a clear conscious, which is of greater value in the end than the momentary gratification of revenge. This all sounds great, but how does it play out in real life?

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Sam Whittaker is our Mission Pastor. His role is to oversee all of SVCC’s missions and charity work, including all of our global Focus Country partnerships. He also serves on SVCC's teaching team and worship team. Sam is a member of the Board of Directors for Hope of the Nations, and serves on the Church Partnerships team at Foster the Bay. Sam has been a lifelong member of the SVCC family, and lives in Gilroy with his wife Christina and their daughter, Jubilee. He loves theology, nature, and guitar pedals.

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