You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard
me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified
to teach others. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does
not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. – 2 Timothy 2:1-2, 15

In 1 Peter chapters 1&2, Peter wrote to encourage his readers to persevere in their faith and to
prepare for future attacks. These teachings have implications on our lives as Christ followers
today. The basis for Christian hope is Jesus’s resurrection and the promise of eternal life. In light
of eternity, our trials are temporary and serve to refine our faith.
As we await Jesus’s return, we are to live holy lives. In obedience to God, we are to seek to
reflect His holiness in our behavior, which is possible because we have been redeemed from
our old, sinful way of life. We have been given the Holy Spirit as our Helper as we read in
Philippians 2:13 – For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what
pleases Him.
In Chapter 2, Peter uses several images to help us understand how we have been changed by
Christ. We have been given a new diet (“pure milk of the word” that helps us grow
Christlikeness), a new house (the church), and a new family (God’s children). God made us
such in order that we will tell the world about who He is and what He has done.
Please enjoy and share with others.

1 PETER 1:1-25
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of
Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the
foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to
Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new
birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an
inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who
through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be
revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may
have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of
your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result
in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. 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, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of
your souls.
Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you,
searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to
which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah
and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving
themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who
have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look
into these things.
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought
to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the
evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be
holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as
foreigners here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as
silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from
your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was
chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.
Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your
faith and hope are in God.
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for
each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of
perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For,“ All
people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the
flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached
to you.

1 PETER 2:1-25
Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to
him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood,
offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says: “See,
I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in Him will
never be put to shame.”

Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the
builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” and, “A stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message—which is
also what they were destined for.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that
you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received
mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage 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 he visits us.
Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as
the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong
and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence
the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-
up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers,
fear God, honour the emperor.
Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are
good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if someone bears
up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. But how is it to your
credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good
and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ
suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.
“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth.” When they hurled their insults
at Him, he did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted
Himself to him who judges justly.
“He Himself bore our sins” in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for
righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” For “you were like sheep going astray,”
but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

 Stay blessed!

For further inquiries please contact us on Tel Nos. 0243588467 or 0268130615
Email: saltnlightministries@gmail.com
Website: saltandlightministriesgh.org


“….at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly” Romans 5:6

Jesus Christ shed His blood on the Cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His
atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for our salvation. The
Holy Spirit glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ and convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates
sinners, and we are baptized in Him into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family
of God. The Holy Spirit also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for
Christ-like living and service.
What Does Easter Mean to Christianity
Easter is the celebration of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour. God
sent His Son to earth to die as a sacrifice for all our sins. Jesus died on the cross to forgive
everybody for all the sins we have committed. Jesus’ blood covered everybody from the
beginning of time and to the end of the world. He died for all of our sins. On the third day,
Jesus conquered death, and rose from the death. Jesus is the only God who has ever Risen
from Death. He is the Saviour of the world. Without Jesus, we could not have ever been
Christians. He died so that everybody could live forever; and everybody on the face of the
earth can become a Christian. All you have to do is accept Him as Lord and Saviour, confess
your sins, obey Him, and live your life for Him. We have all sinned and have fallen short from
the glory of God – Romans 3:23. However, because of Jesus, we have been saved! For the
Christian, Easter is the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

Before Jesus’ Death

  • They slapped Him and pulled His beard;
  • They spit on Him;
  • They pushed Him around;
  • They stripped Him and flogged Him and tore out His skin;
  • They pushed a crown of thorns on His head – it drew blood;
  • They put a heavy cross on Him to carry to the place of His execution;
  • To Calvary He went.
  • There they pierced Him with nails and hang Him on the cross – naked!
  • Even at this stage, at the stage of absolute agony and humiliation, they sneered at
    Him and mocked Him!!
    He had done no wrong. On the contrary, for my sake, for your sake and for the sake of a
    sinful world – He accepted the will of His Father and endured this very shameful, painful,
    He said very little during His trial BUT on the cross He said seven things.
  1. The Word of Forgiveness Luke 23:34: “Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” What an extraordinary love and mercy! I am saved – you are saved because Jesus asked for forgiveness for us!
  1. The Word of Salvation
    Luke 23:43: – “I tell you the truth; today you will be with me in paradise.” Even in
    such an excruciating agony Jesus reached out to a sinner. The songwriter Frances
    Jane Van Alstyne popularly called Fanny Crosby, the blind prolific hymn writer says it
    well. “The vilest offender who truly believes, that moment from Jesus a pardon
  2. The Word of Love
    John 19:26-27: “……Dear woman here is your son, and to the disciple, “Here is your
    mother.” Even in the agony of dying, Jesus is concerned about the welfare of His
    mother and appoints the “disciple whom He loved” (John?) to take care of her.
    Then, and even now, children have a responsibility to take care of their dependent
    parents as stated in 1 Timothy 5:8 – “If anyone does not provide for his immediate
    family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” When we refuse
    to take care of members of our families, especially the immediate ones, we are
    worse than unbelievers. Jesus is a perfect example of obedience to God’s word. He
    has given us power to do this as He did.
    Then three hours of darkness – noon to 3p.m.! Silence! Even nature is overwhelmed
    by the level of wickedness and sin of mankind.
  3. The Word of Spiritual Suffering
    Mark 15:34: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? These words mark the
    climax of Jesus’ suffering for a lost world. Jesus experienced separation from God the
    Father as the sinner’s substitute. Here the sorrow, grief and pain were at their worst!
    He was pierced for our transgression – “But He was pierced for our transgressions, He
    was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him,
    and by His wounds we are healed.” – Isaiah 53:5 (NIV) and gave Himself a “ransom
    for many” – Matthew 20:28; 1 Timothy 2:6. God made Him who had no sin to be a sin
    for you and I. Jesus died, forsaken that we might never be forsaken – Psalm 22. Thus
    we are redeemed by the suffering of Christ – 1 Peter 1:19.
  4. The Word of Physical Suffering
    John 19:28: “Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture
    would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” Jesus nearing death goes through the
    agony of thirst! The fountain of living water desires earthly water and is given vinegar
    – sour wine! which He rejects.
  5. The Word of Triumph

John 19:30: “When He had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished” – mission
accomplished. The work of redemption is done! Jesus did not say “I am finished”.
Rather He triumphantly made a declaration that He had completed and accomplished
His work on the cross.

  • He had accomplished the earthly mission assigned by the Father;
  • He had fulfilled the important Old Testament prophecy about the suffering Messiah –
    Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 53.
  • Completed the work of redemption as the sacrificial and Passover Lamp of God –
    John 1:29; 1 Corinthians 5:7 involving blood atonement – Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews
    9:12 & 22.
  • The decisive moment of victory over Satan and his network of demons – Colossians
  • Jesus has achieved the means of reconciliation of God with His creation and sinful
    humanity. – 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 & 21; Colossians 1:20-22. It is worthy to note that
    nothing can be added to the finished work of the cross for salvation. The way of
    salvation is now open to all who believe and draw on Jesus finished work on the
    cross – Matthew 27:50; Luke 23:46. The debt for our sin has been paid in full and the plan of salvation established.
  1. The Word of Committal
    John 19:30; Luke 23:46 “Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands
    I commit my spirit.” When He had said this, He breathed His last.”
    Father into your hands I commit my spirit – Jesus voluntarily committed His life into
    the Father’s care – He went in spirit to His Father in Heaven.
    For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in
    Him shall not perish but have eternal life” – John 3:16 (NIV).

 Stay blessed!

For further inquiries please contact us on Tel Nos. 0243409108 or 0268130615
Email: saltnlightministries@gmail.com
Website: saltandlightministriesgh.org


In collaboration with Joy Prime, Salt and Light Music Ministry and your favorite Choir, Harmonious Chorale present a Christmas Concert entitled “A Beautiful Christmas” (ABC2).

Date: Sunday 15th December 2019

Venue: National Theater Accra

Time: 4pm

Funds will be raised to support childhood Cancers.

Come along with friends and family to A Beautiful Christmas. Last year was beautiful and this year will be even more beautiful.

For more information contact 026 813 0615, 024 358 8467.

This event is powered by Joy Prime. Media Partners, Joy FM, My Joy Online.

Media Sponsor is Sunny FM

You can’t afford to miss this Beautiful Christmas.



Salt and Light Ministries invite you, your family and friends to our programme “PRAYER RALLY 2019”.

Theme: “Give Thanks To The Lord And Proclaim His Greatness. Let The Whole World Know What He Has Done.”- PSALM 105:1


Date: Saturday 13th July, 2019

Time: 8:30 am


Venue: Sunlodge Hotel, Tesano.


Speaker: Rev. DR. Joyce R. Aryee


Ministering Choir: Harmonious Chorale


ENTRY IS FREE!!!!!!!!!

Come and let us together experience Jesus the risen Lord in our worship.

See you and Remain Blessed

Rev. Dr. Joyce R. Aryee

Executive Director