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THE GRACE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST: and His Inexpressible Joy (Message #2/3 * 1 Peter 1:8-9) 02-15-2015
1. Why do we have Inexpressible Joy? ● we know & love Jesus: having first been loved & forgiven by God (1Pe 1:8) ● we have Christ-centered identity & acceptance: which gives us confidence & assurance (Gal 3:28f; Eph 2:13) ● we have purpose in life & in suffering: amidst God’s comfort & healing (1Pe 2:9ff; 1Pe 5:1ff; Jm 1:2ff; 2Co 1:3ff) ● we are promised an imperishable inheritance: & God glorifies Himself thru us while we wait, watch, & work (1Pe 1:4; Col 1:16) 2. How do we live with Inexpressible Joy? ● by Faith: standing firm in God’s grace thru Christ (1Pe 5:12; 1:13) ● as a Holy Lifestyle: sojourners abiding in Christ (1Pe 1:14ff; 2:11f; Jn 15:1ff) ● by Choice: rejoicing in the Lord (1Pe 1:6; Php 4:4ff)
To souls hungry for acceptance and the love of others, this truth comes as healing: In Jesus, God is pleased with us. He accepts us and enjoys us, freeing us to lives of grace and acceptance to one another.
What are your motives for coming to Jesus? When it comes to Jesus, we tend to want only parts of him, like a Jesus buffet. We want his works but not his Word. And, when we style our own Jesus, we end up actually rejecting him.
COME AS YOU ARE - PT. 2 1) You can do NOTHING to be accepted. 2) Jesus's actions give me the opportunity to be accepted. 3) My acceptance determines my behavior. 4) Even when I fail, by the Spirit I am FOREVER put of God's family.
You've heard the saying, I'm not religious; I'm spiritual. Maybe you even think that about yourself. What's good and not so good about this saying? WE also are tempted have our lists of acceptance and worth. We try to be good, we think. We like it when others are good to us. But how does all this work when if comes to living a blessed life, and living a life in the presence of God? We are tempted to 'law,' Galatians 3 leads us to faith. We explore what this means in our study on Galatians 3.
David Wong tells how Jesus came to break down barriers, and so should we.
Don’t judge me! It’s a popular cry of our times. A plea for acceptance and an attack on those with outspoken opinions. This message looks at Romans 14 and examines the issue of what it means biblically to “accept one another”
In John 19:30, Jesus says, "It is Finished." All of us struggle with this longing to find approval from our parents, our boss, our kids, our friends, etc. We often work so hard to gain this approval and once we have it, we find its almost impossible to keep. What does this mean about gaining and keeping a holy God's approval? Listen and hear why that one phrase "It is Finished" is so important for us.
What is the reality of your fight against sin in your life? Are you as put-together as you let people believe? I didn't think so. None of us are. We need to be honest and admit that our whole lives are basically playing "catch-up" when it comes to being the people that we would like to be.