1 Peter: Rising Above the World

1 Peter was written to teach us how to remain faithful and content in the midst of the heavy trials of our mortal life on earth, this “time of your sojourn.” We are taught the purpose and character of trials, seeing in them the sanctifying work of the Spirit revealing the genuineness of our God-given and, therefore, invincible, enduring faith.

This series of messages is a verse-by-verse exposition of the book of 1 Peter by Dave Rich, a pastor at Kootenai Community Church. These messages were preached during our Sunday Morning Worship Service. Click here for more teaching by Dave Rich.

Longing for the Word (1 Peter 2:1-3)

God's will for every believer is their sanctification. That is the purpose of this life, with all of its trials and temptations. God has given us His word as a means of sanctification, but to gain from it, we must first put away our sins. Putting away sin and desiring...

A King’s Ransom (1 Peter 1:18-19)

Christians have been purchased from slavery to sin at an incredibly high price, the death of the eternal Second Person of the Divine Trinity, our Lord Jesus Christ. Contemplation of this reality is great motivation for lives of obedience. An exposition of 1 Peter...

Coram Deo (1 Peter 1:17)

Christians address God rightly as their Father, but that doesn't mean that the impartial judge of all mankind will not judge the works of His children.  We are to live in fear of shame or loss at the judgment seat of Christ.  We are to fear the loving discipline of...

Dave Rich

Dave Rich


Dave Rich was born in Libby, MT and grew up in southern Idaho. He attended college at the University of Idaho and graduate school at the University of Washington. Dave came to Christ as a freshman at University of Idaho in 1984. He married his wife Diane in 1986.

Dave began working with youth as a youth leader and Sunday School teacher in 1988 in Seattle’s Tabernacle Baptist Church and has been working with youth ever since. Dave helped start a youth group in Seattle and in Columbus, Ohio’s Bethesda Baptist Church.

Dave moved to Sandpoint in 1999 with wife Diane and three daughters: Megan, Jamie, and Kellie. They have attended Kootenai Community Church since 1999. Both Dave and Diane are active in Sunday School and Kootenai Community Church’s Awana ministry. Dave has been an Elder since September, 2001.

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