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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 !

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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?


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