Happy Sufferers – 1 Peter 1:1-9

Sermon for May 25, 2014

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Came across this article lately and thought it worth sharing. There are a few things I read that I truly hope are wrong, false, lies. This is one of them. I fear it may be true. Sadly, there is no reason to believe that it is not completely accurate. I am preaching from I Peter 1:1-9 on Sunday morning and the title is “Happy Sufferers”. This article makes me very careful not to trivialize the sufferings that God’s children around the world are called to endure. At the same time it amazes me that the things that Peter said in his whole Epistle are not made false by the extreme sufferings of God’s children in the world throughout the church’s history. I Peter is as much for Pakistani Christians as it is for those who suffer less.

Pray for your brothers and sisters around the world today who suffer in horrifying ways. And be faithful to the Gospel today. This, with prayer, it seems to me, is the best way, to stand in solidarity with our family members whose lives are threatened.

1 Peter 1:[3] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, [4] to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, [5] who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. [6] In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, [7] so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. [8] Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, [9] obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 

The Rhythm of the Righteous – Habakkuk 2:1-5

Sermon for April 27, 2014

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O Lord, Give the Increase

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building. According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:5-11 ESV)

Great little article here by Ray Ortland on the combination of our planning and God’s exclusive ability to multiply growth. Let us never confuse what only God can do and what He commands us to do.

 

A Lesson from Babylon – Habakkuk 2:6-20

Sermon for May 4, 2014

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Confronted By an Empty Tomb ~ Luke 24:1-12

Sermon for April 20, 2014

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A Little Chat About a Big Problem ~ Habakkuk 1:1-11

Sermon for March 16, 2014

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Saved and Confused ~ Habakkuk 1:12-17

Sermon March 30, 2014

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