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Posts from 1 Peter: Faith is Precious

Posts from 1 Peter: Faith is Precious Sermon Audio Here

1 Peter 1:17-23

We’ve been looking at different aspects of our new life in Christ. We’re risen WITH Christ; we live with hope; we’ve been GIVEN faith.

Appreciate Your Precious Faith By

Reminding Yourself of the Truth ~ 1 Peter 1:17-19

  • v17 KJV “pass the time of your sojourning” REMEMBER: we are on a JOURNEY; what do you differently when you’re traveling versus when you’re at home?
  • v18 “you were redeemed” REMEMBER: YOU are BOUGHT and PAID FOR; how often do you remind yourself that you have VALUE?
  • v19 notice the sacrificial language from Leviticus; REMEMBER: Christ is the only acceptable offering; Are you trying to sacrifice yourself?

Remaining in Him with Faith ~ 1 Peter 1:20-21

  • v20 Christ’s sacrifice was God’s plan ALL ALONG; our sin doesn’t catch God off guard
  • v21 Our faith is both a gift from and BASED IN God; our faith isn’t something we “work up”; when we are faithless, it’s because we’re not using what we already have

Regarding Each Other’s Worth ~ 1 Peter 1:22-23

  • v22 “purified yourselves by obeying” – in the same way that the Old Testament saints participated in the sacrificial system; THEY didn’t purify themselves, God did through the actions of the priestly system (and only temporary). We don’t make ourselves better; Jesus has done the work, and we just admit we need it
  • v23 “through the living word” NOT only and primarily the Bible; this is the LOGOS, John 1:1. JESUS is the Living Word! JESUS will remain forever! And because we are connected to Christ because of our gifted faith, we ALSO are Living and Abiding forever with God.

Psalm 116:16 O LORD, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant; you have freed me from my chains.

He gave us faith to set us free: USE IT !

Highlights from Hebrews: The Full Assurance of Faith

Highlights from Hebrews: The Full Assurance of Faith Sermon Audio Here


Hebrews 10:19-25

My family are big fans of the TV show So You Think You Can Dance; and every year, they go on tour. A few years ago, we had the opportunity to get box seats from a friend to the show. It was amazing; great view, private box… but the neatest thing to me was that the attendants *knew* we were coming. There was a place prepared for us, all due to the benefits of relationship with someone who had connections at the arena.

If You Want The Benefits of Faith,

Come to God
Heb. 10:19-22

  • v19/20 the curtain was torn; so was Jesus
  • v21/22 draw near, cleansed: ref. Mercy Seat & Sea

Come Together
Heb. 10:23-25

  • v23 HOPE=expectation; we expect God to keep His promise
  • v24 US consider (subjunctive)= TOGETHER, we think about building each other up
  • v25 not forsaking but exhorting; make the choice to come together

We come together with God; with confidence that we’re clean; expecting God to work in us; We Expect Better Together. Come together… right now… Jesus wins!

Walking in Two Worlds: Chipping Away

Walking in Two Worlds: Chipping Away Sermon Audio Here


1 John 3:1-7

In a Youtube video (scroll to the bottom) presented by two actors known as the Skit Guys, they present “God’s Chisel”. It is a great reminder that God is the Master Sculptor, and is bringing about the image of Christ in us.

During Our Journey Together,
God is working on us
1 John 3:1-2 (we are in process)

  • v1a God calls us in love
  • 1b realize our new identity
  • v2a we *are*, AND *will become*
  • 2b shaped to be like Jesus

We are working WITH God
1 John 3:3-7 (we participate in the process)

  • v3 we share in God’s shaping
  • v4/5 Jesus carries away our rubble
  • v6 consistently choosing sin over Christ? Not His!
  • v7 the righteous DO right BECAUSE Jesus is at work

His righteousness works its way out in us when we cooperate with it; when we live as identifying Christ at work in us, we see God at work in us, and join Him in it – and that work is making us to be more like Jesus.

The Messiah’s Ministry: Preparing the Faithful

He waits

Matthew 24:36-44

Have you ever found yourself waiting for the cable guy to arrive for installation? Sometimes you’re kept in a state of readiness for a 6 hour window! The cable company’s sense of time and urgency is very different from yours. So it is with God’s timetable for the arrival of Christ…

When We Get Anxious About Life, Remember:
* We Live On God’s Timetable, Not Ours
36-39 unexpected arrival of the Kingdom
v36 – Dependence upon Father’s timetable ALONE
v37 – Kingdom comes unexpected by the world; not us!
v38/9 – Ignorance of the Kingdom will not save; Long term plans w/out God will not thrive

* We Live Out Kingdom Life Here And Now, Not Just Later
40-44 Ministry while awaiting the arrival
v40/1 – One is selected, and one is rejected (man or woman doesn’t matter) (cf. 31-elect)
v42 – Why watch? Not about OUR salvation, but our ministry
v43 – Lack of guard + unexpected thief=broken house; Guard+anticipation of arrival=Prepared Reception
v44 – Christ WILL COME – therefore, all y’all watch (we ourselves watch, and help others watch, too)

We are not watching for a rescue to escape this world; we are watching for a Redeemer to join Him in HIS rescue of the world.

Beyond Coffee as “fellowship”

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Thoughts on 1 Peter 1:8-16

8Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

10Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. 12It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.

13Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 14As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

I read an article today that *really* caught my attention about starting a coffee shop. Let me share the major points from that article with you, but with an eye to sharing the Gospel, not just a great cup of coffee. “Today, I wanted to… [share] three tips for anyone mulling over the idea of starting a coffee shop, preparing to open one, and maybe even those who already run one.

1. Carefully Navigate the Trends

“…chances are your eye will catch what’s new, cool, hip and trendy. Be wary.”

2. Be the Coffee Person

“There is, however, an opportunity for true quality coffee shops out there that deliver on the promise of what’s preached.”

3. Build a Culture of Taking Care of People

“But at the core it’s about everyone being there to take care of people. We need to start from a point of honoring the space that coffee occupies in people’s lives.”

  • Verses 8-9: “we are receiving the goal of our faith” – We dare not get caught up in the the latest Christian trends for the sake of the trends themselves. Let us remind one another that it is salvation that matters.

  • Verses 10-12: “searched intently and with the greatest care” – Just as the article pointed out the need to keep the main thing the main thing, how much more do we, who are living in the Kingdom?

  • Verses 13-16: “set your hope fully on the grace to be given you” – We care for others as we live holy lives, worshiping Jesus through our every day choices and interactions.

My Life As A Minion

I saw a photograph today that just about gave me a fit of asthma from laughing so hard. I wouldn’t want to deprive you of the opportunity to have difficulty breathing, so here’s the photo:

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For those of you who might not know, the top picture is of a “minion” from the Despicable Me movies. Very cute, not terribly smart, and completely devoted servants of their master. It occurs to me that that’s not a bad description of what I aspire to be: a completely devoted servant of Jesus. (I can only *hope* for the very cute part, and I’m rather afraid of the not terribly smart bit.)

However, I have to admit that there are lots of days when I’m trying my best to be a minion of whom the Master can be proud… and I end up feeling like the bottom picture. Even though those are frustrating days, I try not to worry: God doesn’t see me based on my performance; He sees me based on Jesus’ faithfulness… and that never lets me down, no matter how I might feel on any given day.

 

Love For The World ~ Matthew 4:12-25

Love For The World ~ Matthew 4:12-25
How Do We Love The Lost?
* Our Challenge: Hold Up The Light (12-17)
* Our Goal: Follow The Light (18-22)
* Our Invitation: Live In The Light (23-25)
People respond not just to the PERSON of Jesus, but the Call of the Kingdom. We are the ones who share that call with a world dying for lack of love when we extend that invitation to real life in Christ.


Pastor Ed Backell

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