Scripture: 1 Peter 1:1–2, 1 Peter 4:7–10. 1 Peter 4:7-14. You will find it to be a refreshing experience that will also help you live for the Lord in these last days!Now besides having a lifestyle characterized by sobermindedness, a fully revived spiritual life and good fellowship with other Christians, our lifestyle requires one more characteristic that we need, and that is:C. With Regard to Our Stewardship of God's Gifts (vv.10-11)This is stated in vv.10,11 'As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Are you too occupied with the pursuits of this world and with your own selfish ambitions to be ready for the Lord's return? Such love is not just an emotion or feeling, but a choice we make which leads to action. If you have the means, contribute to the support of our missionaries in Saipan, Cambodia, Batam, Myanmar or Thailand. Verse 1 connects the past suffering of Christ to the command “arm yourselves (hoplisasthe-Aor. 1 Pet 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. Ask the Lord right now to help you to change to a lifestyle that is characterized by sober-mindedness and a fully alert and revived spiritual life! The precious blood that Jesus shed on Calvary has the power to wash away to vilest of sin! But is that all we need to do now?III. The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, And his glory is to overlook a transgression. This implies that the devil devours individual believers when they are alone.A story is told of three bulls that were good friends that they were always together. Sometimes certain people outstay their welcome, or they forget to say, ‘Thank you for having me,’ when they leave. There are memberships to clubs. 3) Accomplish the Will of God (1 Peter 4:7-11) UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF PASTORS . Perhaps this is because we have allowed Satan to come in and cause confusion in our minds. Theme: Even in the midst of the deepest suffering, we who are in Christ rejoice in a ‘living hope’. with the same mind (ennoian).” This is the only imperative command in 4:1-6. All the practical exhortations of this passage are founded upon the truth that "the end of all things is at hand." The result is that no one just drops in on somebody, because they fear that they will not be made welcome. That is the basic minimum preparation that anyone should make in view of the end times - make sure that you are saved! Surely, the blood of Jesus is the only hope the sinner has of being cleansed, 1 Pet. 9-12. EXHORTATION - Vss. Let us first consider what it means to:1. If that kind of thinking pervades a church, hospitality is not being exercised. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We must never exercise our spiritual gift, or gifts, to benefit ourselves. But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. How should Christians conduct themselves? Imper.) Sep 12, 1993. I shudder when I hear that some churches are so ‘middle-class’ in their attitudes that no one ever visits anyone else without first having a formal invitation. The Salvation of Your Souls I Peter 1. Preached at / Published Life BPC 8 am service, 2001-06-10. (Prov 2) by Rev Charles Seet, 17 JanIn God We Trust (Prov 3:5-8) by Rev Charles Seet, 24 JanHonouring God with Our Substance (Prov 3:9-10) by Rev Ho Chee Lai, 31 Jan Gospel SundayThe Kindness of God by Rev Isaac Ong, 8.00am Worship I9.40am Sunday School11am Worship II / Filipina Svc2.30pm Thai Service4.00pm Indonesian Service5.00pm Evening Service. Dearly beloved, how long has it been since you last had real quality quiet time with the Lord? This was the constant hope of the early church, and we too should realize that we are now living in the last days. The end of all things is at hand. Therefore be clear minded and self controlled.’, Peter says, in his second letter, ‘Since everything will be destroyed … what kind of people ought you to be?’ (, He goes on to say, ‘You ought to live holy and godly lives … and speed its coming.’, ‘The end of all things is near. Consider these solutions to this apparent problem. But with the Love of God that we have, we can overcome these conflicts. This is the main emphasis of our text of Scripture in 1 Peter 4:7-11.As we study this passage of God's Word now, we will learn that our lifestyle in the end times should be characterized by at least three things: The first is with regard to our own mind and soul, the second is regarding our relationships with other Christians and the third is with regard to our stewardship of God's gifts to us. I thank God for the privilege of bringing His word to you this morning. Peter comforts the suffering Christians in Asia Minor with the statement that the end, the completion or consummation, of all things, everything, is near. There can be a world of difference between saying our prayers and praying. The fact that we must arm ourselves to be holy (4:1) shows that there is a fierce struggle involved. How long has it been since you were moved to tears by the thought of the grace of the Lord to you, a sinner? Therefore be serious [clear minded] and watchful [self controlled].’, Peter encouraged the people to pray more effectively. Peter’s reference here may have been based on his sleeping in the Garden of Gethsemane and also on his subsequent compromise (see Mark 14:37-40, 66-72). We do not know when the end will come, but we do know how we ought to live our lives. Preparing for the second coming of Christ is the furthest thought from their minds.How utterly unprepared and shocked they will be when Christ comes. Therefore it was very important that Christians should open up their homes to believers who were passing through their district. We are to be givers rather than getters. 1 Peter 1:13 Choose a Certain Hope The lion made friends with one bull and told him that the other two bulls were saying evil things about him behind its back. Sep 19, 1993. The Need for an Appropriate LifestyleDid our Lord Himself not command His disciples to be watchful and wise servants, who will be found faithfully doing their Master's will when He returns? Posted by Pastor Greg Allen on January 13, 2013 under 2013 | Preached Sunday, January 13, 2013 from 1 Peter 1:3-5. If that is your response right now, that is well and good. We are living today in an environment that is intoxicated with too much entertainment, pleasure, and futile pursuits. This is clearly demonstrated in the five examples of expository sermon outlines. ... 1 Peter 1:6-9. What do others expect of people who claim to be Christians? I am referring to the high-tech video games and interactive computer and internet games that are on now the market. There was that terrible time when God brought judgment on the earth through the instrumentality of the flood. Encouragement To Do More. It must stand up to several tests: The book gives us one of the most straightforward statements on the vicarious (substitutionary) nature of Christ’s atoning work (3:18). I have already heard many cases of students getting addicted to them and showing changes in their behaviour. When they were together, the three bulls could easily withstand the lion, but when alone, each bull, was really no match for him!In the same way, Satan knows that Christians will become weak when they are separated from one another and he may try to sow discord among brethren to do this. We should be making profitable and efficient use for the Lord.of whatever resources we have left. 23. When you try to live your Christian life alone, you face tremendous odds. 1 Peter 4:1-11. The list is almost limitless. If it has been a long time and cannot even remember when it was, it is certainly high time for you to wake up from your spiritual slumber, and to watch unto prayer! We need to be watchful in prayer (4:7b) 2. A Christian fellowship is made up of human beings, all of whom have imperfections. We do not know what we should ask for in prayer and our minds seem to be confused. 1 Pet 4:8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins." He states that there is a day coming when all people will be judged (, He then says that it is important for Christians to be those who, ‘live according to God in the spirit’ (v6). But anyone who knows what happened in history remembers that that is not true. 13-16 Look back at verses 5-6 and you can see the connection. A BIBLICAL MEMBER I Peter 4:7-11 INTRODUCTION There are many kinds of memberships we can join. The Scattered Strangers; Who, What, How and When I Peter 1. They are mainly fictitious portrayals of life presented by skilled actors and special effects. Introduce yourself to them, and begin to develop good relationships. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. We come this morning to the end of our series on I Peter. Greg W. Forbes is the Head of the Department of Biblical Studies at Melbourne School of Theology, Melbourne, Australia. Pastor Jeremy; 1 Peter 4:1-6. Let us be wise to invest our lives in the things of the Lord. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”. What a terrible price to pay for not being prepared! John Bedingfield In the name of the risen Christ, Amen. 3-5. 21. He wants us really to reach through to Him when we pray. What is needed for a believer to have a victorious faith in today’s world? Many are quite caught up in making more money for themselves, or in making a name for themselves in this world. Some have seen this as evidence that the book is composed of a sermon (1:1-4:11) and an accompanying letter (4:12-5:14). Similarly in many other countries in the world only a very small percentage of the inhabitants are born-again believers. Whenever there is a disagreement among them, he may take advantage of this to break up the good fellowship we enjoy with one another. In most churches the Pastor is considered the "elder" or "teaching elder." Our desire should be to see that, through the exercise of spiritual gifts, others are built up in their faith (. If we feel that we have been taken for granted then we should remember how the friends of Jesus treated him on many occasions. How long has it been since you last experienced God's presence in your life in a wonderful way? The coming consummation of Christ’s return becomes an incentive for disciplined, watchful behavior. In a world, where people are striving to get as much gains for themselves, we who are Christians should be striving to give as much as we can to others. Let us all therefore strive to cultivate a lifestyle of fellowshipping with other Christians. Dearly beloved will you be like the foolish virgins in this parable? The Greek word for ‘stranger’. As Peter put it in 2:11, these fleshly lusts “wage war against the soul.” John Piper ... God in Everything at the End of the Age. Then He chided them, 'What, could ye not watch with Me one hour? With Regard to Our Relationship with Other ChristiansThis is stated in vv.8, 9 'And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. The Battles And The War I Peter 1. So often it happens because of various things which are within us. (1) Peter’s words must be interpreted in light of the teaching of the Lord and His apostles in the rest of the New Testament. What sort of things should characterize their behavior? The Rev. Mailbox Club Bible Correspondence Courses. In all these things your aim is to cultivate a lifestyle of good stewardship of whatever God has given to you and to do it all for His glory.To summarise what we have learnt from God's Word this morning, the characteristics of the lifestyle we should cultivate in these last days encompass three distinct areas: For ourselves - Sobermindedness and Spiritual alertness; For our relationships with other Christians - Good fellowship; and For our stewardship of God's Gifts - the diligent use of these gifts to bless others and to bring glory to the Lord. Please do not say to yourself that this can wait a little longer, since after all, the Lord has been so patient and with His children. We should always bear in mind that God’s Word, the Bible, contains everything that we need. And, that is not all that should change in our lifestyle. Following are twenty-four sermons on 1 Peter, preached as my first series as a senior pastor. The implication of this is that Greeks are not afraid of strangers (they do not suffer from xenophobia) but they treat unknown people with honor, as welcome guests—even though they may never have seen or heard of them before. The Signs of the Last DaysThere are general signs such as the breakdown in the world's ecology and economics (famines, earthquakes, pestilences), the end-time apostasy and formation of the one-world church, and the breakdown in diplomatic relations. how necessary such enduring, patient love is to our relationships. God’s people should ask themselves, ‘When did I last offer real hospitality to someone?’. (4:11). John Piper Sep 19, 1993 105 Shares Sermon. Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. With Regard to Our Mind and SoulThis is stated in v.7 'But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.- You will notice that there are two injunctions in this verse - to be sober, and to watch unto prayer. The Scattered Strangers I Peter 1. Sermon The Day Before the End of the World “The end of all things is near. 1 Peter 4:7-11 - What Should our Lifestyle be in these Last Days? Peter sums up all prophecy with these few words: The end of all things is at hand (1 Peter 4:7a). At this point in his letter, Peter gives some very straightforward advice on how, believers should live their lives as individuals, and also. Here Peter tells us what to expect of the pastor. If we are living our lives with that attitude then there is something wrong with our thinking. The difficulty with this statement is that nearly 2,000 years have passed since it was penned by Peter. If we do not have a deep love for each other we shall soon start finding fault with our fellow believers. How can Peter say the end of all things is at hand, and yet 2,000 years later the kingdom of God still has not come to the earth? What kind of lifestyle should we be pursuing, if Christ is coming? When we are converted we become saints, but that does not mean we put on halos and thereafter live perfect lives. Observations on 4:1-6: Verses 1-3 address the “sufficiency” of past time spent in sinful behaviors. Just two weeks ago, at our church camp in Mersing, our thoughts were focused on a similar theme: the theme of the Lord's soon return. We should not complain when we are treated in a similar way. Practical Christian living — 7 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. Peter shakes the people of the world out of their complacency by saying that severe judgment is going to be unleashed upon this world again. The wise virgins were ready to receive the bridegroom when he arrived at midnight, but the foolich virgins were not. However, not every Christian has all of the gifts and. Be SoberTo be sober is to have a sound and clear mind. Remember, last week’s passage closed with a reference to the last day. nor should they be used to show people how clever a person is. We learned about the specific signs such as the regathering of the Jews in Israel, the five wars that Israel has fought from 1967 to 1985, and the more recent developments in Israel which is the war that is now going on between the Israelis and Palestinians.Our Lord Jesus Himself has given us the warning in Matthew 24:33 that when we see all these things, we should know that His coming is near, even at the doors. People so often see prayer as a duty or a ceremonial ritual. Salvation And Happiness Multiplied I Peter 1. Let me take this opportunity to encourage you to get to know other believers here. There was a lion that wanted to kill them for meat, but the lion knew that it had no chance of defeating them because they were together. Amen.' Peter focuses his readers’ thoughts on realities. 2. This is not the time to be spiritually asleep, but the time to be fully revived. They become so desensitized to violence and bloodshed that they even begin to show violent behaviour and treat people roughly.Let us be careful of any kind of game or entertainment that can have an adverse influence on the mind and that draw us away from reality, so that we will be able to remain sober. But, it was the grace of God that lead Jesus to Calvary, to die there on the cross for our sins, Isa. Sermon Notes for 1 John 4:9, 10 Next Section → Sermon Notes for 2 Peter 1:2-4 ← Prior Book. 1 Cor 4:1 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Remember that we need the strengthening effect of Christian fellowship to survive the trends of the last days.Now there may be many in our midst who may not yet be benefiting from Christian fellowship. All Rights Reserved. How shameful it would be for us if He were to find us in this state! The New Testament contains various lists of spiritual gifts which are available to believers. It is true that the Lord is longsuffering toward us, but that does not give us an excuse to try His patience further, and expect Him to wait a little longer. As I just mentioned we do not know when the end will come, but we do know how we ought to live our lives. In the days of Peter inns were dangerous and often immoral places. But they can make the viewer so engrossed with the storyline that for a while he is lost to unreality. Our thoughts wander from one thing to another. 3 Outlines . ‘is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered’, ‘bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things’ (. The lion did the same thing to the other two bulls. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Gifts should never be used to draw people’s attention to the person using them. The insecurities of other types of faith will be contrasted by the consistency a faith in Jesus provides. Prayer is a great problem to many Christians. The sad fact is that if we have not got the vertical plane right (i.e. You come to church Sunday after Sunday but still do not know anyone in the church. Things have not carried on as normal ever since the creation of the world. No Gain! And we do these things in a prayerful spirit knowing that the end is near. The End is Near – 1 Peter 4:7. our prayer life with God) then we will not get the horizontal aspect right either (our relationship to our fellow men and women). Oct 16, 1994. Dearly beloved, each of us has been blessed differently by God - some with the ability to speak well, others with the ability to serve well, and yet others with more than enough material blessings. The Apostle Earns His Place of Service I Peter 1. The lion promptly killed and ate them all, one by one! The point we want to highlight is that we should actively cultivate good and strong relationships among Christians within the body of Christ. If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. May 27, 2007. #1 Expository Sermon Outline: Introduction: There are four WAYS in which we can live in light of Jesus’ return (1 Peter 4:7-11). ‘Everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation’ (. One of the reasons we do this is because the Greek people are naturally hospitable. But we must not be ignorant of his devices and must counteract them by learning to forgive one another.And therefore, v.8 of our text mentions that charity shall cover the multitude of sins. The word of God taken for our instruction in righteousness this morning comes from 1 Peter 4:7-11: 7 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. There are far fewer real Christians in America today than there are people who care nothing, or very little, for the commands of God. We should be living our lives in the light of his return. But also we should remember that when we teach God’s Word or tell our acquaintances about the Lord, everything we say should be in line with the general teaching and principles contained in God’s Word. But the Lord intends that our prayers should be much more than a way of ordering our thoughts. Sep 26, 1993. 22. The advertisements are designed to convince viewers that they need some new product they do not have yet - some of which they really do not need at all. This world will not last forever. 7 The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. KJV "But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer." The Peril of Not Being PreparedThis is certainly an important matter for us to consider, especially since most people in the world today seem to be busy pursuing a lifestyle with no regard to the fact that the end of all things is near. I believe that such evidence exists. When we speak we should speak. John Piper Sep 12, 1993 2K Shares Sermon. how they should behave in the fellowship of God’s people. Transcript. And then one day someone sitting next to him decided to speak to him after the service, and soon he became an active member of one of our fellowship groups. Let us use these all these gifts for God's glory.Serve within one of the church's present ministries - Sunday School (There is a teacher's training course), Vacation Bible School this week (last year someone baked trays of cakes or pastries to provide refreshments), BASC and the Berean fellowship on Saturdays, Music ministry - learn to play the piano for fellowship meetings and church worship service. Casual Christians always become casualties. Perhaps some of us may say, 'Yes, I think I'm ready, because I am already a Christian. 1 Peter 1:3-5 Such a Secure Salvation. 1 Peter 4:7-11 . no gift is more important than any other (although some might be more noticeable than others). Our lifestyle should reflect a decreasing attachment to the things of this world, and an increasing attachment to the things of the Lord. Through the messages we were made aware that the signs of the End times are already appearing in the world.I. We are not “serious” which means ‘clear-minded’; we do not seem able to clarify our thoughts. We go on now to look at the change that should take place:B. No Pain! In the light of Christ’s return Peter makes some practical demands of discipleship in 4:7-11. To watch unto prayer is to be spiritually alert and awake. Previous | Index | Next >> "THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PETER" Persevering Through Persecution (4:12-19) INTRODUCTION 1. 1 Peter 4:12-19 . It is so tempting to think that life, and the world around us, will carry on as it always has done. As we live closer to the time of Christ's return, we must not be in a state of spiritual stupor or slumber. Scripture: 1 Peter 1:1–2, 1 Peter 4:7–10. Only then will all the things that we do be directed toward real and useful purposes.But then comes the question: How can we maintain a sober mind? Amen. We need to love one another fervently (4:8) 3. Our prayers sometimes seem to reach no higher than the ceiling. He expects us to exercise good stewardship of our time and talents. Let us look at the firstA. Amen. There will be many who will regret that they had not heeded the warnings from God's Word and the signs of the end times.Dearly beloved, will you be among these regretting multitudes of people? This is the 24th and final message. They may be natural gifts which are spiritually enhanced at conversion, or. Christ's Absence and Return. For example the use of hospitality that is mentioned in v.9 is one way of showing love to one another.Why is such love for one another needed for life in the End times? There are memberships to country clubs. (Matthew 26:40,41).Brethren, when Jesus returns from Heaven soon, will He also find us in a state of slumber? That is not why God bestows spiritual gifts. This obviously means that we should be very keen to pass on the words of Scripture because they are sweet and wholesome. In the same way anyone who serves the Lord as part of the life of the church will experience the strength of God helping him in his important work. Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.' 1. There are memberships to medical, social, and political clubs. And it is so important for us to maintain a sober mind, a mind that sees the true worth of all things clearly so that we will live in reality. When Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, He came to His disciples expecting to find them awake and praying for Him, but instead He found them all asleep! 53:1-12. Mission trips - Medical trip next month to Batam with Rev Colin Wong. And it is important that we do, because life in the End times calls for the preservation of our relationships with other brethren. If we can afford it our family tries to spend the summer holidays somewhere in Greece. 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