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- Sermons - Enjoying Life

Preached at the Sunday Morning service on February 6, 2011 by Pastor Ray Bertolet.
Part of the Enjoying Life series.

Getting through some days can be really tough. What do we need to focus on in those moments? The world says, "everyone needs hope." But is the hope that the world has what we really need? How is the Hope of a believer different than that hope which is found in the world? We want to examine the book of 1 Peter.

This epistle could be understood as a handbook written for ambassadors to a hostile foreign land. The author, knowing persecution would arise, carefully prescribed conduct designed to bring honor to the One they represented. The purpose then of 1 Peter was to encourage Christians to face persecution so that the true grace of Jesus Christ would be evidenced in them (5:12). This epistle gives a theology of practical exhortation and comfort for believers' daily needs. Peter concretely linked doctrine with practice. The new birth gives a living hope to those in the midst of persecution. New conduct is prescribed because Christ endured unjust suffering. New behavior is required to demonstrate the grace of God to an unbelieving and hostile world. And new responsibilities are placed on the leaders and members of the body of Christ since they should stand together as living stones against the onrushing tide of persecution.

Those who read 1 Peter are encouraged to lift their eyes from present problems and trials and behold the vistas provided by an eternal perspective. For though believers may for a while suffer grief in trials, they wait for an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade.
(Bible Knowledge Commentary)

Tags: born again, chosen, comfort, confidence, election, enjoying, fullest, hope, life, new, teachers, thorn, trinity

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  1. Sandra Workman says:

    Pastor Ray – Harry and I just listened to your message. Again, very soul searching and thought provoking. I think of the Scripture passage that says “Examine yourself and see if your in the faith”. This is a daily walk – keep on being filled with the Spirit – confessing sin and renewing right fellowship with the Lord. Good exhortation! Blessings, H&S

  2. Donna Coverdale says:

    God wants us to Himself, with no idols before Him. This message helps us to realize how easy it is to become distracted from the things of the Lord in our daily lives.

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