Sermons on Hope
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.
God’s promise ‘I will never leave nor forsake you” is one promise that we should cling to, specially as we walk through our valleys [ shadow of death / pains of physical ills / pit of failures]. Psalms 23 …. Yea tho i walk thru the valley of the shadow of death, Thou art with me …..
Great Joy. True joy. Deep joy. What is it? Do you have it? True joy is not fleeting nor momentary. Joy is not affected by circumstance or happenstance. Not inhibited by sorrow nor pain. True joy is constant, it is that inner feeling that is given by God alone. Find out how to attain, how to maintain, how to sustain deep, true God given joy. ” … the joy of the Lord is your strength …. ” Nehemiah 8:10
New Year’s Resolutions may be hard to keep, but pleasing God is one goal that we can all do. Romans 5:8 tells us that we please the Lord simply by being His children, and 1 John 5:1-3 says that we obey God because He is our loving Father. Obedience even enriches our relationship with the Lord and improves our lives, but what else does obedience do? John 14:30-31 tells us that through his obedience to the Father, Jesus revealed to…