O The Blood... in Hebrews 10:26-31, today's passage is one extended warning sign as to the rejection of the gospel. If you reject the only way to life, what then are you left with? If we play spiritual games with God... or profane the blood of Christ... or mock Him...know this, God is just and holy, and He will not be mocked. But for the believer in Jesus Christ, take great encouragement towards more worship, love and pursuit of God.
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!
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!
Well today marks the conclusion of our walk through 1 Peter and our series, HOPE AND HOLINESS. Our concluding message today is Don’t Waste Your Suffering, and as 1 Peter has taught us much about suffering, today as we’ll hear from Pastor Robbie, Peter’s not done with giving us more critical truth.
We’re continuing our trek through the book of 1 Peter and seeing some exciting and frankly life-changing truths in its pages. Today’s message is entitled Hope, Holiness and Elders, and it’s an important message for us all regardless of whether we are elders or not. What does the Bible teach about church leaders? We’ll find great answers to that question today as Pastor Robbie walks us through 1 Peter 5:1-4, and we’ll see why this role is so critical in the church, the seriousness of the calling, and ultimately the motivation of every elder.
Today we’re looking again at suffering, and specifically how to suffer as God would have us. I so like that series of books with that title, “…for dummies.” Maybe it’s gardening for dummies, bicycling for dummies, or even chess for dummies. Well today we’re going to 1 Peter 4:12-19 and the title of our message is “Suffering for Dummies.”
You know those special days in your life when you’re really excited for something? Maybe it’s Christmas, or a birthday, or another holiday. Maybe you can’t sleep, you find yourself thinking about a lot… Today we’re seeing that God’s Word calls us to a urgency for something even greater than this.
How can suffering be helpful? Aren’t we supposed to avoid suffering at all costs and run from it when it does come? Aren’t we supposed to find the quickest way out? In fact we’re going to see that Suffering rather than being a weapon used against us, can actually be used by us in our lives to grow us. How does that work? 1 Peter 4 explains more. Today, Pastor Robbie walks us through some great truth, so let’s jump into God’s Word today as we look at The Weapon of Suffering…
We’re continuing today through 1 Peter and looking at chapter 3 in a message titled, Hope and Holiness and Triumphant Victory. And loved ones, that victory is THE victory! It’s the GOSPEL, the awesome work of Christ for us. So get ready to be encouraged, and get ready to be expectant. It’s a triumphant victory we’re talking about here today.
The world will tell us that it is possible to live a life free from worry, care and conflict. That’s what the world will say, or try and sell us on. But the Bible tells us the truth – if we follow Jesus, then like Jesus, conflict and difficulty in this life is unavoidable. But God’s word, has more truth for us, and it’s the truth we’re going to today in 1 Peter 3 where we’ll learn how to live prepared for difficulty. If conflict is coming…what can we do?