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10-02-16, 1 Peter 3;1-12, Living In Relationship

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10-02-16, 1 Peter 3;1-12, Living In Relationship

  1. 1. 1 Peter 3:1-12 Living in Relationship October 2, 2016 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA What’s the number one thing? http://quotesthoughtsrandom.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/first-things-first.jpg The glory of God! https://forgodalmighty.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/cropped-sunset1.jpg 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV 31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_6tzRiT-BrDs/TIGM_Ih3dAI/AAAAAAAAAX0/0AJWPvlAfqw/s640/Gods+Glory.jpg
  2. 2. First Baptist Church Jackson Mission: Multiply Disciples to Live Like Jesus. http://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.M824600c9534029193ceef79dc4fff8fcH0&pid=15.1 October Memory Verse: Colossians 3:16 ESV 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. The Gettys in Concert Sunday, October 16, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM http://273108b408598f8093db- 7103edd8d28ccb4958b614fd9e36122a.r90.cf2.rackcdn.com/uploaded/g/0e5399807_1472752576_gettys-rotator.jpg Big Boom Dinner Tickets Go On Sale Today at the kiosk in the atrium on 2nd floor. Big Boom Dinner Is Tuesday October 25, 6:00-8:00 pm Price Is $15.00 per person The evening includes a delicious meal catered by Penn’s, with chicken and fish, 4 sides and dessert. Appetizers will be served at 5:40 p.m. with the meal being served at 6:00 p.m. Entertainment by our very own Tim Walker Family.
  3. 3. Each family is asked to bring canned goods or Kroger/Wal-Mart gift cards to assist people when needs arise. Our goal is to have 150 participants at Big Boom Dinner! Sunday http://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=JN.YeZK4m9R0ZovA7PRca4vag&pid=15.1 1 Peter 3:13-22 Living as Strangers October 9, 2016 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA Our Sunday School ministry exists: 1. To reach people with the forgiveness and hope in Jesus Christ. (Evangelism) 2. To learn the truths of the Bible and the behavior necessary for Christ-living. (Discipleship) 3. To love people. http://ordinaryfaith.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/1peter1.jpg Peter wrote 1 Peter to encourage believers to be good witnesses to their persecutors, and to remember that their suffering would lead to glory (1 Peter 1:6-7; 4:13-14; 5:10).
  4. 4. (The Insanity of Obedience by Nik Ripken) http://www.nikripken.com/wp-content/themes/nikripken/images/TheInsanityOfObedienceCover.png International Missions Weekend November 4th-6th http://www.pechurchnet.co.za/downloads/image/calendar/there4ministries/there4ministries_nik_ruth.jpg The time to prepare for a crisis is not during the middle of the crisis. Peter had another purpose in mind than just encouraging the believers who were being persecuted. He knew that a "fiery trial" of official persecution was about to begin from the Roman Empire (1 Peter 4:12). Governments feel that they need to be in control of things – all things and they like to have lists of things that they approve of: religions, etc. When the church began in Jerusalem, it was looked on by the Romans as a "sect" of the Jews. The first Christians were Jews and they met in the Temple precincts. The Roman government took no official action against the Christians since the Jewish religion was accepted and approved.
  5. 5. But when it became clear that Christianity was not a "sect" of Judaism, Rome had to take steps. The uncontrollable Holy Spirit is what makes Christianity a threat to godless governments. http://agapegeek.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/holy_spirit_flame.jpg Just like Rome viewed Christianity as an uncontrollable faith; so too the day is fast approaching when the US government will no longer have Christianity on the “approved” list. http://grinningplanet.com/3001/mp3news_other/government-approved-stamp_142x81.jpg Believers in the world today may yet learn the value of 1st Peter when our own "fiery trials" of persecution begin. http://raymcdonald.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/fiery-furnace.jpg While the church may not go through the Great Tribulation, Warren Wiersbe believes that these latter days will bring much suffering and persecution to the people of God.
  6. 6. In Joe’s lesson last week, we learned that Peter is not teaching us how to get along in the world, but how to live as an effective Christian in a world that is hostile to our faith and to our actions (not hearers only). We are to be in the world but not of the world. http://thebaubletsingermany.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/in-the-world-not-of-the-world-sent-to-the-world- rectangle.jpg The boat is supposed to be in the water but woe be it if the water gets in the boat! http://www.secretsofthefed.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/america-us-sinking-ship.jpg 1 Peter 2:24-25 ESV 24 He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed. 25 For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
  7. 7. Today 1 Peter 3:1-12 Living in Relationship 1 Peter 3:1-12 ESV Wives and Husbands 1 Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they see your respectful and pure conduct. 3 Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious. 5 For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening. 7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. Suffering for Righteousness' Sake 8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; 11 let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3:1-12 ESV
  8. 8. Jon Courson's Application Commentary https://i.ytimg.com/vi/MuRmxkCObIY/hqdefault.jpg We should not be surprised that in the middle of his epistle in which the word "suffering" appears sixteen times, Peter addresses the subject of marriage. In days of difficulty, marriages will either grow stronger or collapse under the strain. Thus, it is fitting that Peter would address the issue of marriage within the overarching theme of the believer and suffering. Why is it that in our day—when there are countless seminars and books, tapes and videos available concerning marriage—we're seeing even Christian marriages unraveling to an unparalleled degree? Perhaps part of the answer lies in the same reason the Bible keeps its teaching on marriage very simple. The real issue is not knowing what to do—it's doing what we know. You see, many people believe that if people had more information on how to be better wives or husbands, everything would be fine. Yet it only takes a few minutes to study everything Jesus said concerning marriage. Peter's instructions are succinct, simple, and wonderfully workable. http://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?&id=OIP.M899a49540965e35343b34637900c1589o0&w=299&h=166&c=0&pid=1.9&rs=0&p=0&r=0
  9. 9. 1 Peter 3:1-2 ESV Wives and Husbands 1 Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they see your respectful and pure conduct. When a man gets saved, his wife and his kids often follow him in faith. http://www.catholicismusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/family_in_church.gif Such was the case in the house of Cornelius (Acts 10). https://i2.wp.com/markmcmillion.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Peter-with-Cornelius.jpg Such was, also, the case in the family of the Philippian jailer (Acts 16). http://airocross.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/jailer.jpg
  10. 10. When a woman is saved first, however, she tends to come to church alone. https://johnpavlovitz.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/woman-alone-in-church1.jpg The husband may say, "This church stuff doesn't fit in with the macho image I've cultivated so carefully." Peter is saying to wives:  Even if your husbands aren't saved, don't preach at them.  Don't put tracts in their lunchbox when you send them off to work.  Don't turn on the Christian radio station when you go to bed.  You are to win your husbands simply by submitting to them. 1 Peter 3:3 ESV 3 Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— The Greek word translated "adorn" is kosmos, which means "ordered universe," and from which we get our word "cosmetic," so here Peter is speaking of an order not of the outward appearance, but an order in the inner person. "Don't make clothes, jewelry, or the way you fix your hair the center of your universe or your top priority," says Peter. If you do, you're missing God's best for you.
  11. 11. 1 Peter 3:4 ESV 4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious. Derived from the idea of a powerful horse brought into submission, the Greek word translated "meek" is praus, which means "strength under control." http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_r5AND4T4omw/S7qv0T3IjAI/AAAAAAAAA2o/O5M0j-MQN0g/s640/gentleness.jpg Thus, a meek person is one who is centered, grounded, one who knows what he or she is about, who has a godly perspective on life. It is no wonder, then, that to the Lord, a meek and quiet spirit is never out of style. Heaven will prove to be the great reversal - that is, many of those who appear on the cover of People magazine today will, in eternity, be shriveled, insignificant, or absent altogether—while many of those on Earth who are today thought of as unattractive, unimportant, and insignificant will be beautiful in Heaven because of their inner person. For the next billion years, no one will care about your hair or biceps, your wardrobe or your tan. What will matter is whether you cultivated a meek and quiet spirit. http://www.agodman.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/1-pet-3-4-unfading-beauty-of-a-quiet-and-gentle-spirit.jpg 1 Timothy 4:7b-8 ESV 7b train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
  12. 12. 1 Peter 3:5-6 ESV 5 For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening. Not only are wives to be attractive inside, they are to stand by their husbands' side. http://www.sitcomsonline.com/photopost/data/1948/stand_by_your_man-show.jpg The example used here is an interesting one, for Peter reaches back to the Old Testament and singles out Sarah as the model of a submitted woman. Catch the scene: Sitting in front of his tent, Abraham saw three men headed his way. As they drew nearer, he realized they were unique—and indeed they were, for they were two angels and the Lord. Running out to greet them, he fell at their feet, saying, "Come to my tent and be refreshed." Over dinner, the Lord said to Abraham, "Sarah will bear a son" — a reiteration of the promise given to him years before (see Genesis 12:2). Hearing this, Scripture says Sarah laughed within herself (Genesis 18:12). http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uanY-OH_bxg/TnokuWXSSzI/AAAAAAAAAIw/L_DaPreVgf0/s320/sarah+laughed.jpg
  13. 13. The story is pertinent because in reaching back to this particular event, Peter is saying that Sarah called Abraham "lord" at the very point she was having a hard time believing his vision. How needed is the submissive spirit of Sarah today. The wife who hears the vision, the dream, the call of her husband, is tempted to say, "No way. You're too old. You're untrained. You're not qualified enough. You're not smart enough. You're not skilled enough. Forget about it!" Paul Harrell says that “behind every successful man stands a surprised wife”. Jon Courson had a dear friend that loved the Word and felt called to start a ministry. "That's impractical," said his wife. "Get your head out of the clouds and your feet back on the ground. This is just not going to happen." So he let go of the vision - today they're divorced and their kids are heartbroken. http://childrensministry.com/wp-content/upload/children/media/2015/07/Are-you-Dangerously-Discouraged-.png How much better it would have been had this wife taken Peter's simple, practical word and said, "Here's my perspective, honey, but whatever the Lord leads you to do, I'll travel with you." How much better it would have been if, like Sarah, in the moment of her own doubting, she chose to honor her husband, even though his vision didn't make sense to her. "I would be happy to believe in my husband's vision," you say. "But let me tell you, my husband's no Abraham!" For that, you can be glad—for you recall the story. To escape famine in the land, Abraham headed to Egypt. He took Sarah with him.
  14. 14. Once there, Abraham instructed Sarah to tell people they were brother and sister, knowing Pharaoh would kill him in order to add Sarah to his harem. This amazes me until I remember that, although Abraham is indeed a giant of the faith, he is still a man with flaws and weaknesses. "Take these camels, goods, and servants," said Pharaoh to Abraham. "Your sister is one pretty lady." So Abraham became a wealthy man. What about Sarah? Even though Abraham had let her down, God didn't. He protected her when He plagued the house of Pharaoh, rendering Pharaoh unable to touch her (see Genesis 12:17). Even though Abraham was going in the wrong direction, God protected Sarah and enriched the family as a result of her obedience. As for Abraham, he suffered the consequences of his sin. His heart was later broken when he had to let go of the son born to him through his union with one of the servants given him by Pharaoh (Genesis 16:3, 4). http://nickshell1983.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/hagar-ishmael-augo4.jpg When I lead my family in the wrong direction, God deals with me directly. Because Tammy travels with Jon, God protects her and enriches their family through her submission.
  15. 15. As you study Abraham's life, you see that a key component to his greatness was having Sarah for his wife—one who traveled with him, one who trusted in God, one who called him lord. Wives, don't strive with your husbands. If he has a dream, if there's something on his heart, if he senses a calling stirring within him—even if it doesn't make sense to you, even if you might be worried about the financial repercussions, don't get in his way. Travel with him. If you don't, he will become quenched spiritually, your family will be fractured unnecessarily, and years will be tragically lost. Be like Sarah—even if you have to stifle a chuckle or two—and watch the Lord bless abundantly. http://api.ning.com/files/Qu*YImxKSkO74X-U2VYaZA*tDdEvnS*I*jW-B0OO99KreEgKgaBT6lXkWExSn1T2GLOcSXvCC4QyjKf82u-hmtpTEP0CB- mA/maygodblessyoumydarling.jpg 1 Peter 3:7 ESV 7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. 1 Peter 3:7a 7a Likewise, husbands, Of his seven verses dealing with marriage, Peter spends six of them addressing women and there's a reason for that. If you went to a pet store to buy a pet turkey, you would pick up a cage, food, water bowl, and a booklet, wherein you would find lengthy instructions on how to care for your pet. The turkey, on the other hand, wouldn't need a book telling him how to live with you because the smarter one gets the instructions.
  16. 16. Get the analogy? Women are given a greater amount of instruction because their challenge to live with men can be much more difficult! Peter makes it as simple as he can for husbands when he tells them they are to do three things. 1 Peter 3:7 ESV 7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. 1 Peter 3:7b 7b live with your wives in an understanding way, As a husband, we know our wives deeply, profoundly, in the way she deserves to be known. How does this happen? The answer can be seen in the way our Bridegroom, Jesus Christ, relates to His bride. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/- 1d8S22FSUe8/Tbn8oB5hTuI/AAAAAAAAA24/ii7zzQoIHSc/s1600/bride_of_christ_hahlbohm_l.jpg At the outset of His public ministry, Jesus called Philip to follow Him. So impressed was Phillip with Jesus that he told his friend Nathanael he had found the Messiah. "Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?" Nathanael asked. "Come and see," said Philip.
  17. 17. So Nathanael did. "Behold, an Israelite in whom is no guile," said Jesus of Nathanael. "How do you know me?" asked Nathanael. "Before you came to meet Me, when you were sitting under the fig tree, I saw you," Jesus said. "Truly You must be the Master," Nathanael said. "Stick around, Nathanael," said Jesus, "for you will see angels descending and ascending from Heaven." And Nathanael followed Jesus from that moment on (see John 1:43-51; 21:2). Rabbinical literature indicates that studying was often done under a fig tree, the national symbol of Israel. Thus, Nathanael was studying when Jesus saw him and he may have been reading the account in Genesis 28. Jacob, a man whose name meant "guile," was in a place he thought was forsaken by God. Yet in his sleep, Jacob saw a ladder come down from Heaven with angels ascending and descending upon it. http://www.art-prints-on-demand.com/kunst/french_school/jacobs_ladder_xir162153_hi.jpg Thus, it could be that when Jesus referred to him as an Israelite in whom there was no guile, no "Jacob"—and then went on to refer to Himself as the Ladder upon which the angels ascend and descend, Nathanael might have thought, That's the story I was just reading a few moments ago! (John 1:43-51)
  18. 18. Jesus, the Bridegroom, knew His bride, Nathanael, because Nathanael was studying the Word. Husbands, the best way for you to have knowledge of your wife is to spend time with her in the Word. http://www.capstoneliving.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/Bible-Reading-With-Wife-e1342526885201.jpg 1 Peter 3:7 ESV 7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. 1 Peter 3:7c 7c showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, Not only are we to have knowledge of our wives, but we are to honor them as weaker vessels. The idea of her being the weaker vessel does not mean she is intellectually, morally, or spiritually inferior. On the contrary, her weakness stems from her innate desire for spirituality. In the Garden of Eden, it was Eve Satan seduced—not to party, but to be more spiritual. http://daughtersdialogue.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/eve-nicolae-gutu.jpg
  19. 19. Eve was the weaker vessel in the sense that she was more vulnerable to Satan's suggestion that she eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in order to be more like God (Genesis 3:5). This helps me understand that my wife will innately have a desire for the Lord that will perhaps transcend my own. Thus, I can be blessed by her relationship with Him. On the other hand, she will also be more vulnerable to some of Satan's subtle seductions – so we need each other. http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/cc/63/d0/cc63d04ca13cefb268cffbbde7659fcc.jpg After the Fall, the situation worsened due to the curse which said that although the desire of the woman would be for the man, it would be the lot of the man to work hard for a living (Genesis 3:16-19). That is why husbands hear their wives saying, "I just want to be with you," and why wives hear their husbands saying, "I just want to provide for you." It's the curse that affects every marriage to one degree or another. 1 Peter 3:7 ESV 7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. 1 Peter 3:7d 7d since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, Not only are husbands to have knowledge of and give honor to their wives, they are to be enriched by their wives.
  20. 20. Suppose you inherited ten thousand dollars, but your wife inherited ten million dollars. Would you choose to have a joint checking account? Would you choose to be joint heirs? I think so! Husband, you can enjoy the grace, the "beauty of life" if you see your wife as being rich in the things of God. "Oh, but I don't need my wife spiritually," you might be thinking. "I'm a mighty man of God." So was Moses. God had called Moses to set His people free. Yet after hearing the Word of the Lord, he found himself pinned down by Lord's strength. Intuitively realizing what was happening, his wife, Zipporah, grabbed a sharp rock and circumcised their son. The Lord then released Moses to go on to become the leader of the nation of Israel (Exodus 4:25). You see, God had told Moses that the eldest sons of the Egyptians would die. Moses had a problem in that his own son was not circumcised according to the covenant of God. Zipporah knew this. Oh, others might have been in awe of Moses and might have been impressed with Moses. Others had certainly been led by Moses but Zipporah knew that God would not continue to use Moses if he failed to tend to his own son.
  21. 21. So often, it's the wife who will say, "Others might think you're Mr. Wonderful, but because I want to see you become what I know God has called you to be; because I want you to be the leader of our family; because I want our sons and daughters to do well, this is what needs to happen ..." Husband, God put your wife in your life to enrich you. Listen to her! Honor her. Know her. My wife plays a huge part in my life and ministry. She's a joint heir. I will enjoy the grace, the "beauty of life" to the degree that I know, honor and listen to her. 1 Peter 3:7 ESV 7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. 1 Peter 3:7e 7e so that your prayers may not be hindered. Husband, more than success in ministry, more than professional accolades, more than material wealth, God wants you to experience the joy of seeing your wife as a joint heir with Christ. He wants you to see your kids grow up serving Him wholeheartedly and to that end, as He did with Moses, He'll stop you if your priorities are amiss. If you notice a dryness in your walk or a brass ceiling that causes your prayers to bounce back to you, could it be that something is wrong at home? The Father loves us too much to let us go about our business for Him if things aren't right with our families. If our faith doesn't work at home, it doesn't work anywhere.
  22. 22. 1 Peter 3:8-10 ESV Suffering for Righteousness' Sake 8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; 1 Peter 3:8-10 ESV 1 Peter 3:10b 10b and his lips from speaking deceit; While speaking evil implies speaking against God, "speaking deceit" means manipulating situations to make it easier on oneself. This happens most easily when times get tough, as we begin to twist the truth, saying things that put us in a better light. We manipulate the situation to our own advantage. 1 Peter 3:11 ESV 11 let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. 1 Peter 3:11a 11a let him turn away from evil and do good; In other words, "Turn your back on evil and, instead, do good." This is the idea that we are to do good for others. When hard times come, it's easy to think that it's not our fault. Peter tells us that if we want to love life and see good days, we must not let our guard down. This isn't meant to put a legalistic burden upon us, but rather to be a wise and loving guide for us. Peter continues quoting another (King David) who experienced brutal days.
  23. 23. Psalm 34:12-16 KJV 12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? 13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. 14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. 15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry. 16 The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the Earth. Psalm 34:12-16 KJV With Saul out to kill him, David found himself seeking refuge in the Philistine city of Gath. When he realized that he was recognized as the one who had slain Goliath, David knew he was again in danger. In order to make it out of Gath alive, he clawed at the gates of the city, ranting and raving like a lunatic as he feigned insanity. When the king heard there was a crazy man within his gates, David was allowed to go his way. (1 Samuel 21:10-15) Psalm 34 was written while David was running for his life. Yet he says, "I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth, for I have tasted and seen in the midst of this difficulty that the Lord is good." Who will love life and see good days? Society says it's the one who can make his life problem-free, who insulates himself from difficulty, who escapes adversity. David says just the opposite. He says it's when you're wondering how the next bill will be paid, or if the marriage will work out that the Lord makes Himself most real to you.
  24. 24. He says it's when you're trapped in Gath that suddenly you see God. If we really embraced what Peter is saying, what David is declaring, and what James' injunction to "Count it all joy when you fall into various trials" (see James 1:2), we would not try to make our life easier. Instead, we would be those who say, "It's in the day of difficulty, in the years that are hard for me that I'm going to have the opportunity to taste and see that the Lord is good." We all know people who are insulated from problems, who don't have challenges, who succeeded in making their lives as easy as they possibly could. Yet the easier it gets for them, the less joy there is within them. Peter says something absolutely shocking—at least to the ears of our culture: "In the midst of suffering, difficulty, and challenges, don't seek to fix the problem. Don't make it easier. Instead, choose to do good and seek peace. Don't murmur; don't complain. You'll find that you love life because God will meet you in the midst of your difficulty." 1 Peter 3:12 ESV 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” The Plan of Hope & Salvation John 3:16 ESV 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 14:6 ESV 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Romans 3:23 ESV 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
  25. 25. Romans 6:23a ESV 23a For the wages of sin is death,  Death in this life (the first death) is 100%.  Even Jesus, the one who doesn’t deserve death, died in this life to pay the penalty for our sins.  The death referred to in Romans 6:23a is the second death explained in Revelation 21:8. Revelation 21:8 ESV 8 “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Romans 6:23b ESV 23b but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 5:8 ESV 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Revelation 21:7 ESV 7 "The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”  Romans 10:9-10 explains to us how to be conquerors. Romans 10:9-10 ESV 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Romans 10:13 ESV 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” If you have questions or would like to know more, please, contact First Baptist Church Jackson at 601-949-1900 or http://firstbaptistjackson.org/contact/

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