As we draw close to the end of our walk through 1 Peter, written to brothers and sisters in Christ who are living in times extremely similar and relevant to ours. Peter will give us a sobering warning in his writings that absolutely demands attention and change from us now. So put away your "playing church" mentalities and see this church for what we are right now: a band of like believers in the middle of a fallen world with it's filth still all over us as well, but striving with sincere hearts to rise up in these last days and truly please our Savior—no matter the cost. Let's jump back into God's Words again together.
Last week we took a detour from our main text to uncover the mystery...Of several passages Peter mentions in the previous and upcoming verses of our Study...These unusual passages revealed where Jesus went during the three days His Body rested in a borrowed tomb... And who the deceased souls were to whom He preached! Now, we will continue in the passage of 1 Peter 4...Drawing inspiration from our brothers and sisters who walked before us...In VERY similar circumstances to ours today!
We are in Lesson 8 of our walk through 1 Peter. And as we are considering Peter's Words of encouragement and instruction for Christians living in times and cultures of growing persecution, we come to a passage of Scripture today, and another in the chapter ahead—both of which Peter uses to draw us deeper into the understanding of Christ's suffering for us, referencing an event that has often been confused or misunderstood by many. But placed with numerous, clear Scriptures describing the same event, they give us the wonderful story of Jesus' journey during the three days His body was lying in that dark tomb. Let's take a short detour today from our continuing journey through 1 Peter, and look at this awesome event Peter refers to in his Epistle.
This is our first Service of the New Year, and my goodness, are we not anxious to leave 2020 behind? We, as Christians are often encouraged to make new resolutions for God in the upcoming year [put your sin behind you, spend more time in prayer or Bible Study, give more time or money for God’s work, etc.]. And all of these endeavors are good, but not best, because all of these endeavors miss the mark of the only thing God would truly have from us.
We are in Lesson 7 of our walk through 1 Peter...This Book was chosen because it was written to people living in a world so like our own today...Christians living in Roman Provinces of moral collapse, and rejection of Christian beliefs...Who were publicly and politically rejecting and hating Christians for their beliefs...And in light of this past week's events... The following passages could NOT be more perfectly timed! We MUST take Peter's Words to heart...And live by God's Will...NOT by the natural emotions of fear, anger and anxiety...NOT through allegiance to anyone or anything BEFORE Christ!
Luke 2:3-7. Do you want to know Jesus as intimately as these few people we have studied the past few services knew Him? I mean do you really want Him more than you've ever had? If you’re serious about knowing Him more, prove it starting now:
We are in week 6 of a walk-through of the Book of 1st Peter...We chose this Book for study because it so perfectly relates to our current situation in the society in which we now live...1 Peter is a Letter from Peter to 1st Century Christians who had fled to 5 Roman Provinces in Asia Minor (Turkey)...
Each week of Advent we are lighting a different candle, and discussing one unique aspect of the Christmas Story...But as we do so, we are also more importantly, comparing the details of these Nativity Events of Old...Learning secrets along the path of the Christmas Story, that will lead US closer to the King who has come!
First of all, let's introduce what we know about one of the least studied, most overlooked people in Scriptures. He is depicted in more artwork, mantel pieces, and outdoor decorations than just about any other male in Scriptures besides Christ Himself. And yet, less is known about him than just about any other prominently mentioned male of Scriptures. This man has such a story to tell and such a lesson to teach us about how to draw near to Christ, and be used mightily. He truly is a perfect definition of the, "Unsung Hero" of Scriptures. A quick introduction of what we know about Joseph up to the opening of our story…
Each week of Advent we are lighting a different candle, and discussing one unique aspect of the Christmas Story...But as we do so, we are also more importantly, comparing the details of these Nativity Events of Old...To our own lives, in our journey to draw nearer to Our Savior...Or maybe, to even see Him for the FIRST TIME, as they did on that awesome Night! Listen each week, as we see key details and events, which prove that these people... Who were used by God to literally change the entire world...Are not so different from you or I... Or at least, not so different than we COULD BE... If we so CHOSE, in our love for the Coming Messiah as well!
Meaning, if they could be used that powerfully... If they could draw that close to Jesus... Then, you and I can as well...It is possible!
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