February 16, 2020 PM
Dr. Michael Catt - 1945
#3 in series
Faith Under Fire
SALVATION AND SANCTIFICATION
1 Peter 1:10-21
In light of the growing opposition to people of faith, and to Christianity in particular, how are we to live? For the first time in American history, Christianity is being rejected. The culture, the arts, politics, and education are increasingly resistant to believers having a verbal and vital faith. Should we just close our mouths and hope that Jesus will return soon? If we are called to be salt and light, how does that work in a secular society? Even in tough times, there are principles for living and growing in your faith. In the last message, we looked at the various trials that are permitted in our lives in order to test and prove the sincerity of our faith. They are necessary but they are also temporary, limited by God’s sovereign plan for our lives.
For further study, this series is available online at sherwoodbaptist.net/messages.
Peter encouraged these dispersed disciples by exhorting them regarding the fullness of their salvation:
- Verses 3-5: Future Reward
- Verses 6-9: Present Adversity
- Verses 10-12: Salvation's Past Glories
(from Preaching the Word Commentary)
I. THE MESSAGE OF SALVATION
Peter is writing to scattered, persecuted Christians who are going through increasingly painful trials.
“The revelations of God to His church are all perfectly consistent: the doctrine of the prophets and that of the apostles exactly agree, as coming from the same Spirit of God.” – Matthew Henry
II. THE MESSAGE SETS OUR FOCUS
A) LIVE IN HOPE
Dr. C. E. B. Cran eld writing about the classical Roman civilization, “...death reigned as king of terrors, spoiling men’s enjoyment of the present with the intruding thought of the future, so that life could seem a gift not worth receiving, and death in infancy preferable to growing up to the conscious anticipation of having to die.”
B) LIVE IN HOLINESS
“Holiness is the architectural plan upon which God builds up His living temple." – C. H. Spurgeon
C) LIVE IN HARMONY
Jesus redeemed us by His death: