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?
God’s word has a strong message today for you husbands out there – and even you men who aren’t married. It’s a strong message, but a message of Grace also. And men, for us today, it’s all about what God wants from us as husbands as we seek to know, value and love our wives as God wants us to. And as we’ve seen already, what God wants from us – is for his glory and our good. So may the Lord lead us this day to both.
In today's message we will see that in God’s Word real beauty for a wife – or any woman for that matter - is not skin-deep. Beauty in the Lord’s eyes is more than what you would see on the magazine covers at the grocery store. The Lord wants and gives something far more important – and far more beautiful - for his daughters today, and we’re praying that you too would want these things. It’s a beauty and a holiness that doesn’t fade with age, but could grow all the more as God moves in your life. Do you want that today?