June 25, 2017

Be Glad to Explain Your Strangeness
1 Peter 3:13-17
Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; 16 yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.
This Sunday will be our third week in this passage. As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, after writing to a group of exiled Christians concerning Jesus and all that he accomplished, concerning God's call for holiness for his people, and concerning the need for Christians to continue subjecting themselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution, it's as if—in our passage for this morning—Peter took a deep breath and offered a handful of summary thoughts on how, in light of all of that, Christians ought to think and act in times of suffering if they are to honor God. That is, in short, Peter offered 12 essential thoughts on how God's people are to navigate the various trials that come our way. So far we've considered the first six of these. This Sunday, we'll consider the next four. Please join me in praying that we’d all be amazed by God’s amazing plan for our lives and his amazing Grace to accomplish it.

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1 Peter 5:5-6 - Likewise you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.


Berea and Sunday School will be meeting in the new portion of the building this week again.

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