A rejection of Biblical authority is a rejection against the very nature of God. In today’s message we see that submission to the authority of God’s Word is our only hope and greatest protection. The Word of God is a life-changing authority that is sufficient to save and transform my life, because it teaches me, it reproves me, it corrects me and it trains me —there is no authority like it, none!
People come and go. Governments come and go. Nations come and go. But this remains—the Word of our God will stand forever. In today’s message, we see that the test and proof of God’s Word is its durability, its indestructability and its reliability. And the greatest testimony of the reliability of God’s Word is that the true believer knows that this book is supernatural—it’s alive and active!
Today we begin a new sermon series called: Because I Said So, and that phrase is a statement of final and complete authority. In this message, we see that in the end, the only One authority that will matter is—HIS! And that authority is: God-breathed, completely true and conviction-producing. It is His authority that anchors us. This is where the Word of God becomes everything to the Church!
If you're truly saved in Christ, you already know this: the life of the believer includes suffering. We need to align our expectations with what the Bible actually teaches: if we have worldly expectations, we are guaranteed disappointment. But in Christ, and through the grace of God, we must endure... and then we will be rewarded. The Christian life, Pastor Robbie often says, is not easy—but it is better!
Let's continue our journey unpacking Peter's first letter to a group of early Christians, who were being persecuted by an unbelieving world. In today's examination, we're reminded of an important fact: God really cares about our submission. Submission is subject to authority, it serves God, and perhaps most importantly, it bears fruit for His kingdom. When we submit to His holiness, we realize that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.
We're so excited to continue in our Hope & Holiness series, as taught by the disciple Peter in his letter to the early church. Today, Peter tells us that the path Christians must follow to redemption is fraught with temptation, hardship and danger. Hope and holiness are at war within us daily. Yet God, by His grace, provides us the tools to go to war with our sin. Will we listen? Will we use the weapons He has given?