Life Lessons from Peter (part 8)

LIFE LESSONS FROM 1ST PETER (PART 8)

(Pstor Lee Jackson FFWC)

 

introduction – IN PARTs 5 – 7 of this study, WE BEGAN RECEIVING SOME VERY PRACTICAL TEACHING PETER ON LEARNING TO SUBMIT TO AUTHORITY,  PRACTICAL TEACHING REGARDING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HUSBANDS AND WIVES and our relationships with others, particularly fellow believers.  NOW PETER ADDRESS THose scattered & beleagured  SAINTS OF GOD WHO ARE FACING TRIALS, suffering & persecutions.

TEXT:  1ST PETER 4:1-19 (ALL SCRIPTURES NKJV)

1Pe 4:1-2: arm yourself with the mind of christ   (1PET 3:18)

  • SINCE CHRIST SUFFERED FOR US IN HIS; WE SHOULD BE WILLING TO SUFFER…
  • ARM YOURSELF (ARMING A WEAPON, PREPARE FOR WARFARE: BE PROACTIVE)
  • WE SHOULD NO LONGER BE DRIVEN BY our LUSTS BUT for THE WILL OF GOD

1Pe 4:3-6: we have wasted enough of our life in sinFUL LIVING

  • we have walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, reveleries, partying
  • your old friends wonder WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU (2COR 6:17)
  • why you don’t want to run with them, with the same flood of dissipation: awasteful expenditure of your life , strength & health;  intemperate living;  excessive drinking & self-indulgence
  • in christ we are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, his own special people (1pet 2:9)

1Pe 4:7-11: time is short: the end of all things is at hand

  • GOD IS ABOUT TO WRAP THINGS UP: (ALSO REV 22:7 & 12)
  • 1ST PRIORITY: get serious about your prayer life
    • be serious & watchful in your prayers
    • get beyond that shallow praying…
    • WE CAN PRAY THE WILL OF GOD IF WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST
  • 2ND PRIORITY: ferventLY  love for one another
    • love covers a multitude of sins
    • be tender hearted forgiving one another, god for christ’s sake …
    • FIND PRACTICAL WAYS TO DEMONSTRATE THAT LOVE:  BE HOSPITABLE
  • 3RD PRIORITY: GLORIFY GOD IN YOUR MINISTRY
    • IF ANYONE SPEAKS LET THEM SPEAK THE ORACLES OF GOD
    • MINISTER WITH THE GIFTS & ABILITIES GOD HAS GIVEN YOU (PARABLE TALENTS)
    • be good stewards of the manifold grace of god

1 pe 4:12-16:  DON’T THINK THESE TESTS & TRIALS STRANGE (GO WITH THE TERRITORY)

  • CHRIST IS OUR EXAMPLE:  HEB 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
  • 2Ti 2:12  If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

pet 3:17 – 19 THE TIME HAS COME FOR JUDGEMENT TO BEGIN IN GOD’S HOUSE

  • IF THE RIGHTEOUS SCARCELY BE SAVED, WHERE WILL THE UNGODLY AND SINNER APPEAR?
  • O.T. EXAMPLE ELI THE PRIEST & SONS: 1SAM 3:13,14; 4:17; 4:21-22
  • VS 19: let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

CONCLUSION (REV 21:6-8):   GOD HAS PROMISED THAT THE MAN OR WOMAN THAT OVERCOMES THIS WORLD WITH ITS PRIDE, LUST WOULD INHERIT ALL THINGS AND GOD WOULD BE HIS GOD AND HE SHALL BE HIS SON, BUT THE OTHERS WILL HAVE THEIR PART IN THE LAKE OF FIRE.  Heb 10:30, 31  For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

 

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