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Willing Saints - 1 Peter 4:1-6

This is a sermon by Peter Birnie from the Riverside Church service on 11th July 2021.

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1 Peter 4 v 1-6 “Willing Saints”

Intro: The end of a toxic relationship

 

          1) The Cross means we are done with sin

 

“Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body has finished with sin.”

 

Our position:  Justified. Sin is done with in a legal way.

 

 

Our practice: Take up arms!  

  • Suffering has value for Christians

 

 

  • Not suffering alone but attitude in Suffering

 

The Gethsemane way:

  • Suffering must lead me to prayer
  • God hears me when I cry out
  • God is with me in my suffering
  • God thinks this suffering is necessary
  • God will use this suffering for the benefit of his people
  • I can entrust my circumstances to God knowing that his judgement is right
  • There is a day coming when suffering will be gone

 

 

Real-life example of gossip:

 

          2) The Cross means sin is replaced with godliness

“As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.”

 

Sin replaced with godliness - CC Riverside “where there once weres”;

 

  • Envy and lust replaced by a hunger for God’s word

 

  • Laziness replaced by commitment

 

  • Self-indulgence replaced by hospitality

 

  • Materialism replaced by gospel investment

 

  • Closed family focus replaced by open church family service

 

Unbelievers full of surprise and abuse? More suffering, more holiness!

 

          3) The cross means life instead of death under God’s judgement

 

We are all going to give an account of our lives to God.

 

  • A good day for Christians

 

  • A frightening day for our friends who don’t know Jesus

 

Home Group Questions for 1 Peter 4 v 1-6

 

1) What is the position of Christians with regard to sin? Why is this so important to know for certain before we think about being finished with sin in practice?

 

 

2) We looked at “The Gethsemane way” and applied it to gossip. What would a Christ-like attitude to sin and suffering look like as we deal with different types of sin members of the home group are battling with?

 

(“The Gethsemane way”:

  • Suffering must lead me to prayer
  • God hears me when I cry out
  • God is with me in my suffering
  • God thinks this suffering is necessary
  • God will use this suffering for the benefit of his people
  • I can entrust my circumstances to God knowing that his judgement is right
  • There is a day coming when suffering will be gone)

 

3) What other “where there once weres” can we come up with to encourage us and challenge us to holy living? How does the coming judgement help us to be serious about this?

 

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