Posts Tagged ‘I Peter’

Humble Yourselves

March 6, 2014

We can resist evil by submitting to God.  He cares for us and will work both in us and through us.

I Peter 5:5-11

Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for

“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.

I.  Humble Submission

There are two parts to submission listed here.  The first is submission to elders.  This represents the idea of being submissive to those in authority.  This concept is taught to us from the beginning as we are taught to honor our parents, our first authorities in our  lives.  Our attitude towards our parents will influence our attitude towards ours teachers.  Our attitude towards our teachers will influence our attitude towards our employers.  Our attitude towards our employers will influence our attitude towards legal and governmental authority.  Our attitude towards legal and governmental authority will influence our attitude towards God.  They all tie together.  It is important for us to have a good attitude towards those in authority.

The second part of this command to submission is to be submissive to one another.  By this we should recognize that we do not always have to have things go our own way.  We should be considerate of others and be willing to let them have their way, at least some of the time.  By the way, this is good marital advice as well as its application to the church.

II.  He Cares For You

We can give all our cares to Him.  Over the years, I have prayed for many different kinds of prayer requests.  Some of the request that have come from children over the years have seemed pretty insignificant on the surface.  I say on the surface because if it is important to us, then we can bring it to God.  God cares for us.  Our children should learn at an early age to bring their concerns to God.  He cares for us, and we can bring anything to God that is on our hearts.

We should also be willing to accept what God has for us.  Sometimes we get what we wanted, and sometimes we do not.  We should trust God with our hopes, our dreams and our lives.  He does indeed care for us.

III.  Resist Evil

As a motorcyclist, I have learned to watch out for things that could cause an accident.  I try to be constantly alert for potential danger because I recognize the dangerous nature of riding a motorcycle.  As Christians we should be alert for the tricks that the enemy uses to cause us to sin.  If we do fall into sin, we ask God to forgive us and seek to learn what caused us to stumble.  Watch out for the things that lead us into sin, and avoid them like the danger that they are to us.

Many of us have attempted dieting at one time or another.  It can be difficult to resist the urge to break our diet plan.  In order to succeed we must resist the urge to cheat on our diet.  In a similar way, we must resist the temptation to give in to sin.  This ability comes about by a combination of our will, and the strengthening power of the Holy Spirit.  God will give us strength, but we must also exercise our will.

IV.  Purpose in Suffering

God uses the times of suffering in our life to perfect or complete us.  Our faith is strengthened as God brings us safely through the tests and trials of our faith.  God can also use our perseverance in times of difficulty as a witness to others of His strengthening presence in our lives.  In the times of tests, or trials, may His light shine forth.

Conclusion:  Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.   (v6)

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The Path of Life

October 1, 2012

Here are the sermon notes from Sunday, September 30,2012.

I.  The Will of God:  I Peter 4:1-5

Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

The “will of the Gentiles” reminds me of the party culture of many colleges.  For Christians who attend those colleges, but who do not participate in the popular pastimes, there is a certain degree of alienation.  There may even be a certain amount of  rejection, or even mild persecution.  Compared to what Christians around the world go through, this is very mild.  Still, to the person experiencing it, it can feel like a major issue.  We must remember that we are called to live according to the will of God.  We should pray, as Christ prayed, “not my will, but thine, be done.  If in following the will of God for our life, we become subject to persecution, and suffering in this life, so be it.  We can remember that a day of deliverance and of judgement is coming.

II.  The Way of God: Psalms 16:7-11

I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel;
My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
I have set the Lord always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will rest in hope.
10 For You will not leave my soul in Sheol,
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
11 You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

God has given us His council in His Word.  We should read the Bible so that we can know how God would have us to live our lives.  It is the will of God for us to live according to His Word.

God also speaks to us in our hearts, by His Spirit.  We should learn to be sensitive to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  By the Word of God and the Spirit of God, God’s will for our lives is revealed to us.  In the absence of specific guidance, we can pray for God’s direction and make the choice that seems best to us.  We can trust that if we have committed our ways to God, searched His Word, and asked for His guidance, that He will help us to make the right decision. He will show us the “path of life”.

As we follow the path that God has for us, the joy, gladness, peace, and the righteous pleasures of being in the will of God will be available to us.  There may be times of testing, trial, or even suffering; but overall, our lives should be filled with the joy of the Lord.

III.  The Reward of God:  Psalms 17:13-15

Arise, O Lord,
Confront him, cast him down;
Deliver my life from the wicked with Your sword,
14 With Your hand from men, O Lord,
From men of the world who have their portion in this life,
And whose belly You fill with Your hidden treasure.
They are satisfied with children,
And leave the rest of their possession for their babes.

15 As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness;
I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness

People who have rejected Christ receive their portion is this life.  If their lives appear to be good, we must realize that this life is all that they will have of good.  We should feel sorry for them.  As for us, we should seek the face of God in our lives daily.  One day, we will finally see Him face to face.  That will be our reward for a life of faith.  At that point, the tests, trials, and sufferings, of this life will no longer be remembered.  The things that seem so big to us now, will fade into obscurity in the light of His presence.

Be Holy

September 27, 2012

Here are the sermon notes from September 23.

I.  Hope and Grace in Christ: I Peter 1:13

Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

God has given us the ability to reason.  We should be clear-minded in our pursuit of the things of God.  We recognize that our hope is placed, not in ourselves, but in Christ alone.  It is by God’s grace that we are able to come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ.

II.  Be Holy:  vv.14-17

as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”[a]

17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear;

We are called to be obedient, to be holy, and to be respectful of God.  We need to be careful that we do not become lazy in our approach to sin and holiness.  We must learn what it means to “cease to do evil, and learn to do good”.  We must learn what it means to live as the children of God.

III.  Redeemed By the Blood of the Lamb vv. 18-21

knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you 21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

Our salvation required the blood and death of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  We should never take this lightly.  It was not a mistake, but was planned by God from the very beginning of time.  It is good to know that our hope and our faith rest, not on our own works or abilities, but upon what has already been done for us by Christ.

IV.  Born by the Word  vv22-25a

Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit[a] in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,[b] 24 because

“All flesh is as grass,
And all the glory of man[c] as the flower of the grass.
The grass withers,
And its flower falls away,
25 But the word of the Lord endures forever.”

We are born again by our response to the Word.  We hear the message of salvation.  Then the Holy Spirit speaks to our hearts, confirming the Word that we have heard.  We are given the opportunity to respond the the Word and the Spirit, to believe…to have faith in the One who died for us.  As we respond in faith to the Word the Spirit enters our hearts and we are born again.  We are born to be a new creation, a person who no longer lives according to the ways of the world but a person who lives in obedience and love, not to earn our salvation, but to live out our salvation.

V.  The Lord is Good:  1:25b-2:3

Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

2 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,[b] if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

Since we have been saved, we should be changed.  We should continue to use our minds, and be open in our spirits to the Word of God, and the Spirit of God. We have tasted, and seen that that Lord is good, and we should continue in the pursuit of a greater depth of the knowledge of God,and  a closer walk with Him.