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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!

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Raised With Christ!

Raised With Christ! Sermon Audio Here

Colossians 3:1-4

If you join a sports team, you are expected at practice. If you join the cast of a show, you are expected at rehearsal. What is expected of you if you join with Christ?

Every Who Loves God Faces Four Challenges:

1] Set Your HEART
v1 “since then” refers to those who fulfill condition in Col. 2:12:
2:12: [You were] buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead.

3:1: Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
What do you LONG for?

2] Set Your MIND
v2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
What do you DWELL on?

    We all know the importance of correct settings: a mechanic uses Top Dead Center; a navigator uses North on a map. Our spiritual lives have settings, too; and when we try to set them according to our own whims instead of God’s standards, is it any wonder that we, too, get lost?

3] Let Your LIFE HIDE
v3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
What do you CRAVE that you need to let go?

4] Let Your LORD BE SEEN
v4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Whose glory have you been seeking?

    We talked about settings, but what about LETTINGS? We have to admit that at times, we have to allow OTHERS to do for us: we don’t perform our own surgery. It’s good to let our SELF stop pretending it’s in control.

Jeremiah 31:3~ The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”

The Lord fulfills that promise IN YOU; God loves you, and the Lord is drawing you even today.

The Messiah’s Ministry: Life Over Death

Matthew 28:1-10

Audio of April 20, 2014 sermon

One of the best privileges of being a minister is seeing new life at the altar; bride & groom becoming one; mourning families realizing their loved one is with Jesus; watching the face of a baby as she’s baptized and the family’s response – coming to the altar is a recognition that we aren’t alone, that God works with us to help us recognize that we are NOT Him!

An “Altared” Life Engages

* God’s Work in Our Sorrow
1-4 Dealing with the unexpected
v1 went to look at the Tomb
v2 earth-shaking effects will happen
v3/4 some can’t handle God’s work

* Our Work in God’s Scenario
5-7 Responding to the Master’s Plan
v5 remember: do not be afraid
v6 investigate: come and see
v7 share: go and tell

* Our Walk with God’s Savior
8-10 Living with a new nature
v8 fill with joy
v9 come to worship
v10 expect to see

Jesus’ life and teaching shows us the character of God and the nature of His Kingdom; Jesus’ death on the cross paid the ultimate price for our sin; Jesus’ Resurrection means that we, like Christ, have NEW LIFE that will last forever! What will you experience as you walk with Jesus?


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