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In 1 Peter 3:14-22, we will understand how we need to be faithful eventhough we are facing suffering: by not fearing the threats, revere Christ as Lord, being prepared to give an answer to everyone on our reason for hope, and remembering the final victory in Christ. In all of this, we are blessed that we are saved from grace and by the resurrection of Christ Jesus, to bring us closer to God.
In 1 Peter 3:8-18, we will understand why God allows adversities, challenges and sufferings in our life and what are the reasons you need to still be faithful even when times are tough. God allows everything according to His plan and timing, to be blessed. This will mold us to be more spiritually tough, stronger and more closer to Him. To be spiritually mature and more successful, to share how God’s works in our lives.
In Psalm 1:1-6, it shows the real way as a christian on how to be happy. Our guest speaker, John Price, shares on how we set our minds to God as our source of happiness, how we need to filter the influences around us, focus on God’s word in everything that we do and make God our foundation in our life.
In 1 Peter 2:13-3:7, we look at how we need to honor authority as God wants just government and how really is submission as it relates to government, slavery, and the family. In the family, we will look at Ephesians 5 where Paul talks about mutual submission where wives submit to husbands and husbands to wives but loving them as Christ loved the church and laid down his life for her.
How does a Christian live faithfully in an unbelieving world? That is a hard question and the answer that Peter gives is even harder. He says submit. Submission is an attitude of the heart that results in obedience, though not blind obedience. It is done to for the Lord’s sake which means out of reverence and submission to Jesus. As a result of our submission God is honored, His agenda is advanced, people come to faith in Jesus, and we…
Receiving mercy from God and becoming his own possession is a great honor. We are now a chosen people, a royal priesthood, and holy nation. With that great honor comes great responsibility. We are to live good lives and declare God’s praises so more people glorify God by received God’s mercy and become his own possession as well.
Physical cornerstones were the first ones laid. They set the course for the building. The cornerstone was the basis for aligning all the walls of a building. It was the the strongest and often the biggest stone of the building. The cornerstone was the basis of the building. If you got the cornerstone right, you got he building right. Everyone builds their life a cornerstone. What is yours? Is it Jesus?
Followers of Christ can have inexpressible joy because of the new life we have in Christ. Life’s trials can make it hard to maintain that joy. Peter tells us that to keep the joy we need to think differently, act differently, and feel differently from the world we live in. It is hard, but possible because of the new birth we have.
Peter is writing to followers of Christ who are experiencing tough times. He explains to them that even in the middle of trials, they can have inexpressible joy. This is because they have a new spiritual life that gives a living hope, a wonderful inheritance, and guaranteed protection. They have salvation now and forever so they should rejoice.
As followers of Jesus we often feel out of place in the world, like foreigners. This is because we are citizens of another kingdom and inspite of feeling out of place we are deeply loved and chosen by.