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Posts from 1 Peter: Resisting and Restoration

Posts from 1 Peter: Resisting and Restoration Sermon Audio Here

1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

We can’t resist something if we can’t recognize it as something worth standing against. Hardship isn’t often welcomed, but it does have the power to CHANGE who we are.

What Do We Hold During Hardship?

The Questions Of Suffering ~ 1 Peter 4:12-14

  • v12 Suffering is NOT strange; it’s status quo (like it or not); what are you learning through it?
  • v13 How does your suffering intersect with Christ’s?
  • v14 when it does, YOU ARE BLESSED (beatitude); Spirit rests on you like glory shining from Moses’ face: he was in God’s presence and it changed him. THAT is what happens when you suffer in Christ; He is present in your suffering
  • How is it changing you?

The Answers To Suffering ~ 1 Peter 5:6-11

  • v6 we jump to verse 6 because Peter addresses all of us here: Answer: that you are not God
  • v7 cast anxieties: not throw away, but lay them down where they can be carried (coats on the donkey’s back for Jesus): Answer: you aren’t supposed to carry your cares
  • v8 “enemy” from opponent in a lawsuit; the devil will say terrible things about you, and try to get you to believe them: Answer: DON’T Listen to the Devil; HE LIES!
  • v9 resist=stand against, not just talk; standing firm WHERE YOU ARE (we don’t need to wait for a specific circumstance or situation; Answer: we can stand and resist right here)
  • v10 restore=complete His work, set you in place, make your foundation secure and strengthen you through HIS work
  • Answer: cooperate with God’s work IN PROGRESS
  • v11 We say this as a doxology at the end of the Lord’s prayer.

Psalms 68:34-35~ Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the skies. You are awesome, O God, in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God!

It means God started it, God will finish it!

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Up From The Grave He Arose!

Up From The Grave He Arose! Sermon Audio Here

Isaiah 25:6-9; John 20:19-31

For many children, the highlight of Easter morning is the Easter Basket. For many parents, the choices on what to put IN the Easter Basket are overwhelming. While retailers put pastel colored candy and toys front and center, other voices advocate for different choices: art supplies instead of candy; vegan alternatives to eggs; even replacing the basket itself with a backpack or canvas storage container.

All of this attention on what’s in the Easter basket begs the question:

What Does God Give Us on Easter?

The Promise of Restoration ~ Isa. 25:6-9

  • v7 we are shrouded- covering of death
  • v8 we WILL be restored- tears wiped away
  • v9 let us rejoice- our intentional response

The Peace in Reception ~ John 20:19-23

  • v19 we can choose to live in fear
  • v20 we can choose to look at the Lord instead
  • v21/22/23 we can have peace when we receive what Jesus gives

The Principle of Reliance ~ John 20:24-31

  • v24/25 we tend to rely on ourselves
  • v26/27 Jesus knows our tendency for self-reliance
  • v28/29 reliance upon God is a blessing
  • v30/31 reliance upon God gives us life-removes the shroud

Are you living under a shroud? Is your self-reliance keeping you from life? Jesus rolled away the stone and left His shroud behind; He can do it for YOU, too!


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