Sermons on Suffering
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.
How much of what God can do in your life will be determined by how you respond to the struggles of your life? During hard times, we either flee, forsake, or fight. Although we may not have power over what difficulties come into our lives, we can control our choices in how we respond. God has given us weapons to fight (Eph 6:14-19) during times of suffering, and if we honor and obey God, He is certain to honor and…
Persecution and not peace is the norm for Christians. Our experience in America is the exception around the world today and in history. Jesus is worthy of our faith and devotion. If we will withstand persecution, we will be rewarded.
God uses suffering to remind us that there is more to life than this life. Suffering reminds us that this life is temporary. God also uses suffering to motivate us to want more than this life has to offer: to long for Heaven.