Sunday, November 30, 2008

I Peter 4:1-6 "Living for the Will of God Pt. 1"

Summary: Why is the topic of suffering so widely neglected in the church today? Maybe it is because most of us want Jesus for what He can do for us; not for what He wants us to be for Him. And yet, the Christian life begins with death to self. Living in light of Jesus’ first coming is to live holy for Him, even in suffering. Living in light of His second coming is to do that, but also to spread the Gospel in order to save the lost.



1. A. We are commanded to arm ourselves for what purpose? 1 Peter 4:1-2, 3:18



B. What does it mean “to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God?” What is the Biblical, God honoring place for suffering in this way of life? Matthew 10:38-39, 16:21-25, 2 Corinthians 5:15



C. Is it your ambition to be a living and holy sacrifice for God, day by day? How so? Romans 12:1-3



2. A. What is the first command (imperative) in the book of Romans, and why? Romans 6:4-11



B. How else should we understand what it means to “consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus?” Acts 1:8, Galatians 2:20, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 5:21



C. “Consider yourselves” in the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit to “be My witnesses” (martyrs). It’s not just about what God does for us! It’s more about what He wants us to BE for Him. Our transformation is to live for Him, our calling is to bond with Him in the fellowship of His sufferings, and our glory is to possibly die for Him. Oh, Jesus is so worthy of our obedience! And, He is most worthy of our worship. But is He not also worthy of our suffering? Acts 5:40-41, Philippians 3:10, Revelation 5:8-12



3. A. In what fashion are some followers of Jesus maligned by the world back in Peters’ day as well as today? 1 Peter 4:3-4



B. How does God exercise His justice in all this? 1 Peter 4:5



C. What should be the response of believers regarding the soon second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ? Titus 2:13-15, 1 Peter 4:6-7, Jude 1:21-23

1 comment:

Pastor Ricky said...

What a dink. You have two or three post earlier and then explode in the month of November. It is the fourth of December and there are no new post. Get it together dude...GIVE ME MY NEXT INSTALLMENT