The Mighty Hand of God
A Sermon on 1 Peter 5:5-11
Christine Kim Lee wants to leave with us the words Peter left for early Christians suffering persecution in 1 Peter 5:5-11. The book is about who we are in the face of Satan’s mode of challenging reality through persecution. An appeal for humility may seem odd for those faced with persecution, but Kim Lee explains that it is possible to be so full of oneself even in trials so as to push God out, to seek to wrest sovereignty from him. But God’s mighty redeeming hand brings grace for those who humbly rest in him. And so we humble ourselves by casting our anxieties on him; this is an act of faith. We do find ourselves faced with an adversary who accuses us. But we resist him by worshipping, by rejoicing in the power of God.
Christine attended the Moody Bible Institute and received her M.Div. and Th.M. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. After serving as a missionary in Bangkok, she joined InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as a campus minister at the University of Chicago and Columbia University. She worked as a community organizer for Habitat for Humanity – NYC, engaging the faith community in building homes for low-income families and advocating for more affordable housing. In 2008, she joined staff at All Angels’ as the Director of Spiritual Development and Outreach. Most recently, she completed a year of Anglican studies at the General Theological Seminary and served as the interim minister at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Harlem before returning to All Angels’. She lives in Harlem with her husband Jimmy, and loves running, hiking and eating.