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God: Keeper of Promises

How would you finish the following sentence? I never thought I’d see the day when _________________.

Simeon, in Luke 2:22-40 declares that his eyes have finally see the salvation of the Lord! Simeon would have finished the sentence in this manner: I never thought I’d see the day when God’s salvation would be staring right back at me! Praise the Lord!

Scripture: Luke 2:22-40

 

Jesus: Bringer of Division and Peace?

Jesus, though He is the Prince of Peace, tells us very plainly in Luke 12:49-53 that He came to bring division. Jesus is giving His followers perspective to show them that being connected with Him will bring conflict, hostility, oppression and hardships.

Scripture: Luke 12:49-53

 

Have This Type of Attitude

Two people who are concerned for you: God and Satan → very clearly seen in 1 Peter 5:6-11. One thing I want you to internalize from this sermon is that iIn times of despair, suffering (context here in 1 Peter) you must be reliant/dependent upon the Lord.

Pastors teach the Bible so you’ll not be led astray, they serve as examples, they hold you accountable, help you wage war against your sin because you’ve been entrusted to their care and in the midst of all of that you/we need to be reliant/dependent upon the Lord. This passage tells us we should have an attitude of reliance.

Scripture: 1 Peter 5:6-11; Matthew 5:7; Phillipians 2:1-11; Proverbs 8:13; Proverbs 16:5

Suffering: The Way of a Christian

We see throughout the Scriptures a reminder that if a person turns from their sins and trusts in Jesus they will experience suffering. In fact, Peter tells us this shouldn’t surprise us. Christians need to be informed about the expectations and realities of suffering so when they come we’ll

  1. not be surprised
  2. lean on the Lord and
  3. see it as an opportunity to respond graciously to suffering and consequently, point people to Jesus.

Scripture: 1 Peter 4:1-19; James 1:3-5; 1 John 3:13; John 15:20

Remember God’s Grace and Live Accordingly

As believers in the gospel of Jesus and recipients of God’s grace, we’re expected to live accordingly. Part of our living accordingly is abstaining from sinful behavior (living self-controlled lives), loving people faithfully and sincerely, showing hospitality to people…all of which means we’re glorifying Jesus

Scripture: 1 Peter 4:11

Submission: The Way of a Jesus Follower

All authority comes from God and disobedience to those authorities is an insult to God WHO is the ground/foundation of authority…he gives us a fixed principle AND then Peter takes that principle and applies it to a couple specific situations/circumstances.

Submitting to authority is one way in which we preach the gospel of Christ, as Jesus submitted to authorities and consequently brought about the reality of the gospel.

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:13-25