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These last few verses in 1 Peter close out the letter encouraging the readers to stand firm in the true grace of God. As our final sermon on 1 Peter, we take a look back at the letter to remember what Peter is calling us to stand firm in as well as why we can have peace in Christ.
I have heard lots of reasons why people aren't members in a local church. 'I don't like organize religion.' 'I follow Jesus, I don't need a pastor.' 'I have my bible, I read it all time and I don't need a church.' 'The bible says wherever two or more gather, Jesus is present, so my wife and I have church together at home.' The truth is that many of those rebuttals to the local church are said from pain, fear and/or pride. But if we listen to Jesus and read the bible, we find that they both tell us that we are to be part of a local church, for obedience, protection, growth, purpose, community and pastoral care. In this sermon from 1 Peter 5:1-11 we find Peter telling the elders to shepherd the flock among them, and telling the flock to be subject to their elders. In telling elders to shepherd the flock, Peter is reaching back to words that Jesus had said to him, 'I am the good shepherd... I lay my life down for the flock... I protect the flock' and later, before Jesus goes to the cross He tells Peter, 'Feed my sheep.' In this text we see the call to be part of a local church body, to have shepherds that oversee it and a flock that submits to it's shepherds, and that both all are to clothe themselves in humility to make it work.
Praying is the hardest part of the christian life.
When we encounter suffering, many of us can tend to ask three questions 1) Why is this happening to me? Is there a purpose in my suffering? 2) Am I alone in this? and 3) Has God forgotten me? In this sermon from 1 Peter 4:12-19 we read from Peter that even in suffering, there is purpose, that we are not alone and that God has not forgotten us.
David & Goliath Like You've Never Heard Before
Many people say that because suffering exist, God doesn't love us. But in reality, God shows his love for us through Christ, who enters into our suffering. And then through his suffering, he defeats sin for us on the cross. The scriptures teach that as Christians, followers of Jesus Christ, we are no longer bound to sin. But as followers of Christ we follow Jesus in our suffering, in the defeat of sin that still lingers. The path of Christ was suffering that defeated sin's controlling power. Our path is suffering which appropriates our freedom in fighting lingering sin and the enemies works. This leads us from me-centered lives, to Christ centered hearts and minds, leading to 'other-centered' lives to the glory of Christ. In his life and on the cross, Christ displays God's love for us as the ultimate 'other-centered' person, with his own glory in view.
You Don't Need a PHD to be a Leader: Part 4 How To Be A Leader
We see Christ's authority on display as he calms the storm and as he cast the demons out of the man in Mark 5. We also see Christ's call to go and tell those around us the story of salvation that Christ has written and is still writing.
You Don't Need a PHD to be a Leader: Part 3 "Knowing Him"
In this sermon Peter begins closing his thoughts from 1 Peter 2:13 'Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution'. He has covered governments, our work, husbands and wives, and now he moves on to wisdom about how to live well in Christian brotherhood. Seeking unity of the mind of Christ, treating one another with sympathy, brotherly love and tender hearts, and in having humble minds. From their he moves to how our lives lived with hearts that honor Christ as Lord put our hope on display for others to see, which give us opportunity to share the gospel with them. In this sermon we also see how Jesus makes this possible through his death and resurrection.