Feb. 7, 2016 “Knowing God” 2 Peter 1 – CD#1586

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The book of Second Peter was written shortly before his death in 67 A.D. In Peter’s first letter he spoke of suffering and the hope of heaven. In this second letter he writes about the heresy and apostasy that was growing in the church and would be increasing in the future.   Knowing God only comes through knowing God’s Word. And with all the clever, false teachings around, the answer is not to understand false teachings, the answer is to understand God’s Truth, and compare every teaching to that.                                                                                                                                                                       Peter summarized this letter in the last two verses: “You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware, lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever.

Jan. 31, 2016 “Submit To God” 1 Peter 5

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There is no place in the body of Christ for the exaltation of any man or woman. There is only One who is to be exalted in the Christian church, and that is our Great God, and Savior, Jesus Christ. Exalting people goes against God’s Word. Peter writes: “All of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for God resists the proud.” (1 Peter 5)   Pride is one of the seven things that God hates (Prov.6:16,17). Peter also wrote: “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.”

Jan.24,2016 “From Fiery Trials To Glory” 1 Peter 4:12-19

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OUR FIRST REACTION TO A FIERY TRIAL IS TO THINK SOMETHING STRANGE IS HAPPENING TO US.. We don’t understand why God’s people should have to suffer. We know Jesus loves us so we wonder, why does God will Christians to suffer? (1 Peter 4)                                                                                                                                                                               When I love someone, I want to keep them from suffering. But that’s how people spoil their kids.  By protecting them from the consequences of their actions, they cause them to continue further in their rebellion.  Jesus loves us deeply, but the Bible says; “whom the Lord loves He chastens” (Heb. 12:6).                                                                                     Other people might get away with all kinds of things, but God won’t let us get away with anything, because we are His children. And Fiery Trials are one way that Christ purifies His children.

Jan.17,2016 – “God’s Grace & Glory” 1 Peter 4 CD#1583

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God has trusted us with His wonderful grace, which is His undeserved favor. And as Christians, we are agents of the grace of God. We are to oversee the resources He has given us through His wonderful Grace. Therefore I must show God’s grace to the people around me and use the gifts that God has given me to minister to others.

When Christians use the gifts God has given them to serve others, there will always be people who want to give you the glory rather than give the glory to God. Christians must not allow that to happen. We should never take bows for the work of God. We should immediately point people to Jesus, and away from ourselves. We minister using the gifts which God has given us, so that in all things God may be glorified.

 

Jan.10,2016 – 1 Peter 3″Reason For Your Hope” CD#1582

Are you studying the Bible to be a blessing to others? I pray you are also studying for yourself to rightly divide God’s Word! As you study His Word, the Holy Spirit prepares your heart so you will be able to give anyone who asks you, the reason for the hope that is in you. You can tell people how you have such hope, when the world is in such a mess!                                      You should be able to give people a scriptural reason for the hope that you have in Jesus Christ, and to tell them about the Kingdom of God that will soon come to earth when Jesus establishes His Kingdom here.  The importance of studying and knowing the Bible is to be able to explain not just what you believe, but why you believe it. (1 Peter 3)

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Jan.3, 2016 “Called To Bless Others” 1 Peter 2:11-25

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PETER’S WORDS TO YOU AND I ARE A BLESSING BECAUSE HE DREW OUT THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD & APPLIED IT. (1 Pet 2:11-25)    As Christians, we are Called To Bless Others! So we, like Peter, take the truth of God’s Word in our hearts, and apply it. It is not so important for us to have the exact King James word-by-word quotation. God is not the Spirit of chapter and verse. God is the Spirit of Truth! If you are listening to a Bible Study and The Holy Spirit takes a truth and confirms it to your heart, then use it to Bless others. We don’t have to say; “Pastor Gary said …” because the Holy Spirit has taken the truth into our hearts.     Grasping the basic truths of Scripture, and being able to relate them rightly is vital if we will be a Blessing. Peter did that in his letters and so we are Blessed.

Dec.27, 2015 “A Chosen Generation” 1 Peter 2

 

1 Peter 2THE JEWS ONCE HAD THE PRIVILEGE of being the chosen instruments of God (Ex.19:5), but they didn’t live up to the responsibility. The nation of Israel did not bring forth the fruit that God desired.    Today God calls His Bride, the Christian Church, His chosen people. We Christians are God’s royal priesthood. We are a holy nation. We are to be God’s special people who will proclaim the praises of Christ who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1 Peter 2).       We now have that wonderful privilege, but with that privilege there is great responsibility. God’s desire is for the world to see the fruit of the Spirit of God in the world today.  And the fruit of the Spirit is Love!

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Dec.20,2015 “A Love Relationship” 1 Peter 1 Continued CD#1581

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BEFORE GOD CREATED THE WORLD, He planned to create mankind, and to place him in this world so He might have a meaningful love relationship with mankind.   – In His foreknowledge, God knew mankind would make wrong choices. He knew man would fail. Yet, God still gave mankind the capacity to choose, because without choice, man becomes a robot, and you can’t have a meaningful love relationship with a robot. It may obey you, but it can’t give you meaningful love.  – You can choose to love God or choose to hate God, but choice must be involved if there’s going to be a meaningful love relationship. So God gave His only begotten Son to Love You and Me.

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1 Peter 1 “Our Living Hope” – 12/13/15 cd#1580

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THE HEART OF THE GOSPEL is that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Paul said the gospel we preach to you is that Christ died upon the cross for our sins, was buried, and rose again the third day, according to the Scriptures. (1 Cor.15)          When you look at the preaching of the early church in the Book of Acts, you see that it centered on the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead. The first message preached by Peter after Pentecost was a sermon concerning the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead. (Acts 2:30-32)                   That is always the heart of the message of the Christian church. Our hope is more than just hope. It is a Living Hope because of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ ! (1 Peter 1)

James 5 “Patience & Perseverance” 12/6/15 – CD#1579

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James is giving us the reason that Jesus hasn’t come for His Bride yet. Jesus is waiting to reap the precious fruit of the earth; those souls who will receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, and come into the family of God.          The early rain refers to the power of the Holy Spirit seen through the church in the Book of Acts as the Spirit was poured out. His ministry was so dynamic He reached the world with the gospel.  The latter rain refers to the promise that, in the last days, God will pour out His Spirit upon all flesh (Joel2:28) and there will be one final reaping of the harvest of the earth. Then Jesus will bring to an end the blasphemies and the rebellion of mankind, and set up His Kingdom on earth.     The Father has patience regarding the coming again of Jesus Christ and the establishing of His Kingdom. James is telling us to be patient.  (James 5)

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