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?
In this next installment of Hope & Holiness, we're so blessed to hear again that God, as always, is at work... and He wants to use us for His glory! Every day, He's building His church with Jesus Christ as the cornerstone. Christ is the rock that won't move and we, as chosen believers, are privileged to be living stones in the glorious church He is building, one rock at a time.
Although it may seem hard to understand at times, Scripture exists to provide Logical, Life-Changing Theology for the ultimate Glory of God. The message you're about to hear is actually very simple. It promises this: when Hope is your fuel, then Holiness is your vehicle... and Harmony can't help but emanate from your radio. Love earnestly, live earnestly, leave sin behind and long to grow. It's that simple.
Continuing in our transforming series entitled Hope & Holiness, Pastor Robbie defines for us Hope in Action. When hope is real, then hope takes action. The same principle holds true today. Our lives were once held ransom by the emptiness and futility of the world. But if we, who were once blind and now see, are now set free, we must take action!
Reflect on this thought from Charles Spurgeon: "Little faith will take your soul to heaven, but great faith will bring heaven to your soul..." Let's be honest: who among us doesn't need a little slice of the promise of Heaven to soothe our weary soul? But, as we continue in our third message of our Hope & Holiness series, we are reminded that in order to gain our entry to Heaven, we need to be humbled by hope: always amazed, thankful, driven by and living out our salvation! May it be so...
We are challenged and blessed to continue in our Hope & Holiness series, unpacking and dissecting the incredible epistle of 1 Peter. Today, you'll need to face your own difficult questions about your walk with God. Discover your own truth now, believers—accompanied by the love and grace of Jesus. It's time to ask yourself: Do I live for the here and now? Do I focus mostly on myself? Am I controlling and/or fearful? Am I more disappointed than grateful? And finally, do I lack motivation and hope? Listen and learn...
Welcome to another exciting day as we begin our new series, Hope & Holiness, which delves into the epistle of 1 Peter. In this incredible, urgent letter of encouragement penned through Peter, the Holy Spirit assures us that, despite feeling weak and alone at times, we need never fear nor despair, because our destination always determines our direction. And if our ultimate destination is Heaven, Hope and Holiness, then our end result can only be Glory to God!