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

Roles and Relationships in the Church

The way we relate to each other in the church, Pastors and members, younger or older, hinges on our relationship with Jesus. So, whatever role God’s given you in the church, live it out with the humility of Jesus.

For Pastors- you go first. “You must be what you want to see” in the church.

For members – if your younger, rather than making assumptions or assertions about the leaders, be teachable, and for all, put on the humility of Jesus.

Scripture: 1 Peter 5:1-5

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

Strength for Suffering

When the cultural powers stack the deck against the people of God, as they were beginning to do in Peter’s day, how do we live and walk every day with a resilient faith while we suffer for the sake of Christ and his kingdom?

Scripture: 1 Peter 3:18-22

Submission: The Way of a Christian

In a world being ravaged by sin, and feeling the pain of God’s design forsaken, believing wives/husbands have the opportunity to demonstrate what true human flourishing looks like in the home BUT too often the home is a battleground. If we would apply God’s truth to our lives we would see a lot less turmoil in the home AND more God-honoring marriages.

Scripture: 1 Peter 3:1-7

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

What To Do When You’re Depressed or Discouraged

Do we see discouragement/depression in the Bible? Yes, we do! So what do you do when you’re depressed or discouraged? Psalm 42 is a passage of Scripture that teaches us what we should do amid difficult, depressing times.

We should do the following:

  • Be honest with God in our struggles
  • Ask God questions with a posture of faith
  • Preach truth to our heart
  • Hope in God

Scripture: Psalm 42; 2 Corinthians 1:8; Mark 14:34

Beautiful, Ordinary Lives

The conflict in the Christian life is not first and foremost with the culture around us, it’s with the inner self. It’s not our evangelistic events that draw people to Christ, but our life together. Peter calls Christians to abstain from fleshly desires, not simply so we can invite friends to evangelistic events. Rather, our lives are the evangelistic events. Our life together is a beautiful apologetic.

Scripture: 1 Peter 2:11-12

This is Not Our Home

Pastor Brian Goodman brings us the word in this Sunday service.

Scripture: 1 Peter 2:4-10