My 9/2/18AM sermon, God Glorified in Everything from 1 Peter 4:7-11, is now online. The sermon sought to engage the way we live. There’s a tension between the two realities of Christ’s return and how we can glorify God in everything. In the middle of this tension, we prepare ourselves to live by preparing for prayer, sin, the family, and grace. I hope this sermon encourages you.
Like I mentioned in July, I’m trying to do a better job this year of keeping track of books I’ve completed reading. As usual, there are some books/things, I’m always working in like the Bible (praying through the Psalms of the Day and doing lots of reading in Ecclesiastes in different translations), Sonship, as well as Crestview’s Leadership Pipeline material.
Some titles I worked through in August:
My 8/26/18AM sermon, Living in Christ’s Victory from 1 Peter 4:1-6, is now online. The sermon sought to unpack how we’re encoruaged to really live in light of Christ’s victory. Specifically, we live in light of His suffering. We live distinct from the world. And, we live in light of the resurrection. I hope this sermon encourages you.
We had another baptism yesterday morning and my sermon, Encouragement in Suffering from 1 Peter 3:18-22 is now online. This section of Scripture is challenging. Most commentators do not agree on the meaning. But, I think we found some clear truths that encourage us. Specifically, we saw that Jesus’ victory and our salvation are sure things. I hope this day encouraged you.
My 8/12/18AM sermon Ready To Suffer for Doing Good from 1 Peter 3:13-17 is now online. It’s difficult to preach a sermon like this. The heart of the passage is that we should expect suffering. But, the passage didn’t leave us there. It showed us a compelling way to live in light of suffering. We are realize we’re blessed. We set Christ apart, utmost in our affections. And, we voice the hope we have with humility. Finally, this passage called us to trust God, who can deal with our “opposition.” I hope this sermon encourages you.
My 8/5/18AM sermon, Living as the Church from 1 Peter 3:8-12, is now online. Peter has called his readers to live as exiles and sojourners (out of the identity they have as God’s people). This passage shows how we can forsake sin and do good, for effect. Specifically, there are sins of speech, a drift towards revenge, and evil we are called away from. Positively, we’re called to do good, seeking brotherly love, blessing others, and pursuing peace. The effect? This leads to blessing, or as v.12 puts it: God’s eyes seeing and His ears being attentive. I hope this sermon encourages your living with others in the body of Christ.
In August 2018, Crestview will be learning the song A Christian’s Daily Prayer from Sovereign Grace Music. Part of what drew me to this song is where we’re headed in 1 Peter, with all the realities of doing good in the face of suffering. We need God’s help to live this way. And, this song shows our need for God in the morning, during the day, and at night. Here are the lyrics:
As morning dawns and day awakes,
To You I bring my need
O gracious God, my source of strength,
In You I live and breathe
Each hour is Yours by wisdom planned,
Each deed empowered by sovereign hands
Renew my spirit, help me stand;
Be glorified today
As day unfolds, I seek Your will
In all of life’s demands
And though the tempter tries me still,
I cling to Your commands
Let every effort of my life
Display the matchless worth of Christ
Make me a living sacrifice;
Be glorified today
As sun gives way to darkest night
Your Spirit still is here
And though my strength fades like the light
New mercies will appear
I rest in You; abide with me
Until our trials and suffering
Give way to final victory
Be glorified, today; be glorified, I pray
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I hope this song helps give language to your need of God as you strive to live as a sojourner and an exile here in this world.
Like I mentioned in June, I’m trying to do a better job this year of keeping track of books I’ve completed reading. As usual, there are some books/things, I’m always working in like the Bible (praying through the Psalms of the Day and doing lots of reading in Ecclesiastes in different translations), Sonship, as well as Crestview’s Leadership Pipeline material.
Some titles I worked through in July:
My 7/29/18AM sermon, Living In The Home, from 1 Peter 3:1-7 is now online. There are specific charges to wives and husbands in this passage. This passage challenges us to overcome how the world lives. We need to see how our homes are places to show our identity in Christ. I hope it encourages you.
…that you might live. Today, consider the amazing grace and mercy of Jesus. He bore your sins in His body on the tree, that you might die to sin and live to righteousness.
Don’t be paralyzed by your past or the “what ifs.” You’ve been set free to really live because of Jesus. So, step out today. And, live!