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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

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

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

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

Doing Flows from Being

The Bible commands good behavior BUT good behavior flows from good character (Matthew 7:17). Doing flows from being—keeping this order is very important IF you want to understand the gospel well AND deepen in your love/pursuit of Jesus.

Our affluent society is an afflicted society for lack of love. Just imagine how many marriages would be spared the heartbreak of separation of divorce if there were true love in the hearts of men and women! Think of what comfort and encouragement would brighten the lot of the poor, sick, lonely and sorrowing, if only there were more love in this world. Who can tell what new vitality would stir the church, and draw others into its fellowship, if there were real love among the professed followers of Christ? It is love we need—Christian love.

Affection Breeds Activity

As we abide and understand the love of God poured out in the gospel of Jesus our affections we’ll increase and we’ll exude God’s love.

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:5; Romans 12:17; Phillipians 2:4-11; Proverbs 25:28

Love In Action

Our Christian culture has been caught “on their heels” with regards to the issue of love.

We’ve not loved well. Loving others (Christians & non-Christians) is hard, inconvenient and a pressing task and yet Jesus said people will know we’re his followers by the love we show.

Christians typically think love is a feeling and/or attitude BUT love is love when it is manifested in action.