It’s Time To Grow Up

Knowing Jesus = Moral Change.

Since we’ve tasted the Lord (experienced Him and know Him via repenting/believing in Jesus) our lives reflect a love that puts away sin and leans on the Word of God to grow us up in salvation.

All of us need to continue to grow up in Jesus.

The Bible is our authority.
The Bible tells us everything we need to know about the most important things.
The Bible (through the H.S.) is our teacher.
The Bible is our guide to growing up in our salvation.

Scripture: 1 Peter 2:1-3; Psalm 27:4, 34:8, 41:2, 63:1, 83:3

What Knowing Jesus Means

As we obeyed the gospel of Jesus (i.e. believed in Jesus) we were born again which leads us to loving others (sincerely, earnestly, etc.).

The response to the message is understand that our identity in Jesus compels/causes us to love others, even amid suffering/hardships such as the ones Peter’s readers were experiencing.

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:17-25; Galatians 5:7; Romans 12:9; Isaiah 40:6-9; Matthew 7:24-27

Remembering Our Profession

As believers in Christ was must live in reverential fear because God judges, God judges impartially and God judges according to our deeds. In light of the fact that you’ve called on God as Father (who judges AND does so impartially and according to your life) Christians must conduct themselves with fear.

  • Deut 4:10 8:6 – why fear? Fear of the Lord informs all of life. D.A. Carson on how there isn’t enough fear in the church today. We don’t ignore God OR treat Him casually – fear of offending Him or living our Christian life in a sloppy manner.
  • Why fear God? God is gentle, compassionate, merciful, etc., BUT He’s also holy, righteous, just and He’s the Creator, King, Warrior, etc.
  • Not the fear of a ruthless master BUT a healthy and fervent respect a believer has for an all-powerful God

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:17-21; Matthew 25; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Deut 4:10, 8:6

Gospel-Driven Holiness

Gospel-Driven Holiness means we’re all in with Jesus and we work hard to look like Jesus.

The Christian needs to be willing to run from things that will lure them away from reflecting the character/person of God.

You have to be willing to run from thoughts that work to paint as beautiful what God has forbidden. You are going to have to run from desires that at times seem too powerful to resist. You are going to have to run from the seductive whisper of the enemy who will lure you with lies. You are going to have to run from situations and locations that play to your weaknesses. You are going to have to run from pride that tells you that you are stronger than you really are. You are going to have to run from selfishness that would allow you to use others for your own pleasure. You are going to have to run from things you would love to participate in but would expose you to things you cannot handle. You are simply going to have to run from anything, anywhere and from any person that is immoral in the eyes of your Savior. You have to be willing to run.

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:13-16

Praise God that He Has Saved Us!

Peter bursts out in praise for what God has done. What has he done?!? He’s brought new life to individuals through Lord Jesus Christ. This salvation (the truth that God saves sinners) gives us hope, joy and love amid adverse circumstances.

Our salvation (and our hope, joy and love) is anchored in Jesus.

  • Our hope is in the past – Jesus rose.
  • Our hope is current/present – Jesus lives.
  • Our hope is complete and sure – Jesus is coming.

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:3-12

Knowing Who We Are Through Difficulties

Peter wants to establish that Christians are people of hope — a living hope that is rooted in the resurrection of Jesus — so that as they go through suffering they’ll have a perspective that compels them to:

  1. continue to live obedient lives and
  2. not despair…as this is part of following Jesus.

No matter how disciplined, organized and faithful we are, the reality is that we are sinners living in a sin-cursed world with other sinners. Nothing we can do will ever change that reality. We are surrounded by discouraging, hurtful and sinful realities – Jesus is very candid about our diagnosis; it’s bad and we need help; we need a Rescuer AND he is that and so much more. All things need to be made new, but we are not the ones who will accomplish that renovation (Rev 21:3-5). We are exiles and strangers who see the promises from afar and believe them (Heb 11:13), but we are walking by faith now and not by sight.

Yes, a new day when everything will be put right, but in the meantime, while we’re living in the not yet, we need grace; we need Jesus; we need his help, his truth. And we don’t just need it a tiny bit; no, the truth is we are desperate for buckets of it. We need it every hour of every day. We need it when we remember that we need it AND we need it when all we can see before us is futility and trouble and disappointment, suffering, hardships. We need grace.

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:1-2