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Posts from 1 Peter: Reasons for Hope

Posts from 1 Peter: Reasons for Hope Sermon Audio Here

1 Peter 3:13-22

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed, unsure, or at the end of your rope, remember your hope!

Remember Your Reasons To Hope:

1st: YOU ARE NOT ALONE WHEN YOU SUFFER

  • v13/14 you ARE blessed, not you would be; from the Beatitudes: God notices you in your suffering;

2nd: YOUR HOPE IS REASONABLE

  • v15 set apart/sanctify=for a holy and specific use (Good china)
  • (our hope is based in something real; not ridiculous or random)

3rd: YOUR HOPE DOESN’T NEED POWER

  • v16 meekness, respect, confidence
  • you do not need to be in a position of power to exercise hope

4th: GOD VALUES YOUR LIFE

  • v17 the good we do is worth any suffering that the Lord allows

5th: JESUS ALREADY PAID FOR YOUR SIN

  • v18 YOU don”t have to carry it

6th: STUCK? JESUS CAN FREE YOU

  • v19 if Jesus can free souls stuck in DEATH, He can certainly free you

7th: GOD PREPARES WAYS TO RESCUE HIS PEOPLE

  • v20 he did with Noah, and he did with Jesus

8th: GOD RESCUES FROM BEING OVERWHELMED

  • v21 get in the Ark!

9th: JESUS IN THE PERFECT POSITION TO SAVE: AT THE TOP

  • v22 He is above Angels, Authorities, Powers, and Problems!

Posts from 1 Peter: Hope is Alive

Posts from 1 Peter: Hope is Alive Sermon Audio Here

1 Peter 1:3-9

Last week, we talked about the fact that if Jesus is Risen, we’re risen, too! But what does that MEAN? What makes that WORK? Hope, for one thing…

Hope is Alive Because…

Jesus is Alive! ~ 1 Peter 1:3-5

  • v3 When we’re connected to Christ, we are Reborn; hope is the result
  • v4 our hope isn’t on things that decay; the reason for our hope is timeless
  • v5 WE are shielded from decay; we’ll still experience the effects of entropy while we’re stuck here, but WE, our SELVES, have been connected to the Resurrected One – and we TOO are resurrected in hope!

=> my hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness!

Suffering is Temporary ~ 1 Peter 1:6-7

  • v6 in this: the shielding, even through current suffering; we recognize that all our earthly life is just a temporary situation
  • v7 WHEN you come through tough times (and notice I say WHEN and not if), you’ll be able to look back and give God glory for how the Lord sustained you… because you’ll see how you were changed to be like Christ

=> in Army, I heard guys whining about how tough the obstacle course was, and all I could think was how it was just for a short time. I figured I could probably experience the worst that Hell had to offer… as long as I knew it was temporary, and that I could have pizza afterwards…

Joy is Real ~ 1 Peter 1:8-9

Are we there yet? ALMOST!

The Gospel Challenge ~ Have Faith in the Crowd

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Mark 5:21-43

The school system in a large city had a program to help children keep up with their school work during stays in the city’s hospitals. One day a teacher who was assigned to the program received a routine call asking her to visit a particular child. She took the child’s name and room number and talked briefly with the child’s regular class teacher. “We’re studying nouns and adverbs in his class now,” the regular teacher said, “and I’d be grateful if you could help him understand them so he doesn’t fall too far behind.”

The hospital program teacher went to see the boy that afternoon. No one had mentioned to her that the boy had been badly burned and was in great pain. Upset at the sight of the boy, she stammered as she told him, “I’ve been sent by your school to help you with nouns and adverbs.” When she left she felt she hadn’t accomplished much.

But the next day, a nurse asked her, “What did you do to that boy?” The teacher felt she must have done something wrong and began to apologize. “No, no,” said the nurse. “You don’t know what I mean. We’ve been worried about that little boy, but ever since yesterday, his whole attitude has changed. He’s fighting back, responding to treatment. It’s as though he’s decided to live.”

Two weeks later the boy explained that he had completely given up hope until the teacher arrived. Everything changed when he came to a simple realization. He expressed it this way: “They wouldn’t send a teacher to work on nouns and adverbs with a dying boy, would they?”

Bits & Pieces, July 1991.

To Keep Faith in the Midst of Despair, Remember:

Christ is Diligently at God’s Work
(Mark 5:21-24)

  • v22/23 – what Jarius asks is already in Jesus’ job description;
  • ask according to God’s will

Circumstances Don’t Dictate God’s Work
(Mark 5:25-34)

  • v25/28 woman with a problem reaches out for Jesus
  • v29/30 connecting to Christ makes the change
  • v31/34 connection/faith/trust in God becomes the channel of God’s work

Challenge Doesn’t Derail God’s Work
(Mark 5:35-43)

  • v35/36 the challenge: to trust in the face of despair
  • v37/40 Jesus comes to our place of despair
  • v41/43 Jesus’ word can turn despair into joy

If you focus on your circumstances instead of the Savior, you could get lost in despair; therefore, whether in solitude or the midst of the crowd, look to Christ and live!

The Steadfast Engine

The Steadfast Engine Sermon Audio Here


Ecclesiastes 12:9-14
To Deal With Despair, Remember

The Point to Our Purpose
Ecc. 12:9-14 After all is said and done, WHY?

  • v9/10 gather wisdom to give it away
  • v11 given wisdom is from the Shepherd
  • v13 “the whole of man” not duty, but purpose
  • – to love God is why we’re here!

The Steadfastness of the Shepherd
John 10:11-18 look at who He is; what He does; and what He has

  • who He is: v11,14 He is the good Shepherd (protector, provider, pathfinder)
  • what He does: v14,15 He knows us, He knows the Father, He lays His life down for us
  • what He has: v16,18 He has ONE flock, He has ONE life, He has authority lay it down and take it up (cf. 10:10) ABUNDANT LIFE!

Mars Rover Opportunity was only designed to function for 90 days using solar power. When its solar collectors got covered by dust, it would shut down; whenever a strong wind would blow the dust off, it could once again receive energy from the sun. It’s now been going almost 11 years past its expected duration.

Our lesson: no matter how tough life gets, let the wind blow, and stay in the Son!


Pastor Ed Backell

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