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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 !

Learning from Luke: The Value of Forgiveness

Learning from Luke: The Value of Forgiveness Sermon Audio Here
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Luke 7:41-50

Kristin Lewis, about 8 years old, mentioned that her mother’s birthday was soon approaching. When asked if she was going to make a birthday card on her father’s computer, she said, “No. If you make one on the computer they don’t keep it on the refrigerator as long as when you make one yourself.”

To Understand the Value of Forgiveness, Remember

Forgiveness Tied to Cost
Luke 7:41-46

  • v41 large debt needs large forgiveness
  • v42 Bible describes SIN as DEBT (Mat. 6:12, Romans 6:23)
  • v43 “I suppose”=old Greek denotes irony; Simon thought he knew the answer, but he missed it altogether!
  • v44 Jesus makes the meaning plain: this woman carried more “debt” than you
  • v45 and she responds to her forgiveness with love
  • v46 How did Simon respond to Jesus? How do YOU respond to Jesus?

Forgiveness Saves the Lost
Luke 7:47-50

  • v47 Notice: love come AFTER forgiveness; God (the forgiver) loves FIRST; we, the forgiven, love LAST
  • v48 “are forgiven” Gk. Intensive perfect, focus on resultant state; Jesus reminds her AND US that we need to focus on our forgiveness; jump to v50
  • v50 it is HER faith because it was GIVEN to her by the act of forgiveness; response to this salvation is PEACE
  • v49 When people see Jesus at work, they’re drawn to ask this question

Who is this Man who forgives sins… who is He to You?

Navigating Your Freedom

Shaped By A Savior ~ Navigating Your Freedom Sermon Audio Here

1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Consider this story told by Bernard L. Brown, Jr., president of the Kennestone Regional Health Care System in the state of Georgia.

Brown once worked in a hospital where a patient knocked over a cup of water, which spilled on the floor beside the patient’s bed. The patient was afraid he might slip on the water if he got out of the bed, so he asked a nurse’s aide to mop it up. The patient didn’t know it, but the hospital policy said that small spills were the responsibility of the nurse’s aides while large spills were to be mopped up by the hospital’s housekeeping group.

The nurse’s aide decided the spill was a large one and she called the housekeeping department. A housekeeper arrived and declared the spill a small one. An argument followed.

“It’s not my responsibility,” said the nurse’s aide, “because it’s a large puddle.” The housekeeper did not agree. “Well, it’s not mine,” she said, “the puddle is too small.”

The exasperated patient listened for a time, then took a pitcher of water from his night table and poured the whole thing on the floor. “Is that a big enough puddle now for you two to decide?” he asked. It was, and that was the end of the argument.

Bits & Pieces, September 16, 1993, p. 22-24.

Learning to Love with Liberty
Love Trumps Knowledge ~ 1 Cor. 8:1-3

  • v1 love builds
  • v3 God knows who loves, who builds up others

Truth Trumps Idols ~ 1 Cor. 8:4-6

  • v4/5 idols are symbols of allegiance to a lesser lord
  • v6 Only One Actual God (Deut. 6:4)

Concern Trumps Freedom ~ 1 Cor. 8:7-13

  • v7 old mistaken ideas can still have power
  • v9 stumbling block – beat the breast in grief
  • v10 weak – not received benefit of being strengthened
  • v10 rebuilds allegiance to false symbol
  • v12 beat down instead of build up; anti-love
  • v13 skandalon, set up a trap

Use your freedom to build up, not beat down.

Whatever Is Lovely

Whatever Is Pure Sermon Audio Here
the Whatevers of Philippians 4:8
John 5:19-24

  • I love my kids
  • I love my wife
  • I love my friends
  • I love waterslides
  • I love Star Trek
  • I love my dog
  • I love my neighbor
  • I love helping a lost person get their bearings
  • I love God
  • I love in tennis

Same word – very different meanings!

When We Think About Love…

What Kind Of Love Do We Mean?

Who Do We Watch To Learn Love?
The Father phileo / affectionately loves the Son

Refer to last week’s sermon, where country song “Watching You” was mentioned:

What Prompts Us To Love?
What draws us “towards love”? What makes you “get set”?

How do we do this? Just like putting on your clothes in the morning: Stop, Think, Choose, Live In

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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