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1 Peter Intro I;  God’s Chosen

1 Peter Intro I; God’s Chosen

February 25, 2012

Who, Peter

To Whom: Scattered Jewish Christians

When:  AD. 62-64

Why:  Theology & Exhortation:  It’s an Epistle.

1. who are chosen

2. according to the foreknowledge of God the Father,

by the sanctifying work of the Spirit,

to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood

Chosen: God’s Elect = eklektos Has Chosen = eklegomai

1 Cor. 1:27-31. Mark 13:20, Col. 3:12.

What about John 3:16?   “whoever believes”?

Answer: Psa 14:2.  Romans 3,  Isa. 53:6: No One

1 Peter Intro II;  God’s Chosen

1 Peter Intro II; God’s Chosen

February 25, 2012

We are walking dead. Ephs. 2:1-10.

1. We were dead, 2 We are born again.  3. We respond to the Gospel

4. We have this crazy insatiable love for Jesus that drives us to pursue Him.

Heart Check: How do you truly FEEL about this truth?

1. Anger, Fear?   Do you want the power to determine evil or good = your destiny?  The very fact that we would fight for the “pseudo right” to chose hell shows how evil we truly are.

2. On the other hand. That means we are ABSOLUTELY POWERLESS to choose our destiny.  It is entirely the will or “whim” of God.

That is why the Bible says The FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM.

1Peter 3-6.  New Birth, Living Hope, Imperishable Inheritance, kept for you. Shielded by God’s Power. Salvation!  GREATLY REJOICE!

James 5 I; Patience & Fellowship

James 5 I; Patience & Fellowship

February 18, 2012

Rich Oppressors will be Judged 5:1-6

A prophetic oracle to encourage the Christians

Dishonest Gain,  Love of Money

Love of Self is evil. Jer. 22:17-19,   Lev. 19:36, Prov: 11:1, 20:39.

True Worship is Patience and Persevering 5:7-12

Be Patient & don’t whine like a little baby.  7-12

Plan on helping each other:  v.9.,   Heb. 3:12-14 10:24-25.

Consider the prophets: v.10-12.  Job. 1:20-22, Heb. 11:32-40.

James 5 II; Patience & Fellowship

James 5 II; Patience & Fellowship

February 18, 2012

True Worship is Ministering to the Body of Christ 5:13–20

Pray A LOT!

Trouble? Pray, Happy?  Praise, Sick or Spiritual beaten, Pray.

[Eph 6:18 NIV] - And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Fellowship:   Confess offenses & pray for each other.

The Fruit of Faith:  v. 19-20  Back to the TRUTH, cover a lot of sins!

The Root:  Love God & People, MAKE DISCIPLES!

Your CALL!   What are you going to do now?

James 4; Constant Repentance I

James 4; Constant Repentance I

February 11, 2012

True Worship of God, James Chapter 4

True Worship is Constantly Repentant

I TRUE WORSHIP DOES NOT BEFRIEND THE WORLD (1-6)

The Fruit: Jm. 4:1-2.

The Root: Jm. 4:3-4.

The Christian Inner Conflict:  Jm. 4:5-6.

II TRUE WORSHIP DRAWS NEAR TO GOD (7-17)

Constant Repentance:   James 4:7-10.

Don’t “Judge” your Christian Family.  James 4:11-12.

The Trap:  “You can’t judge me, na na na!”

The Solution!: Practice “Thrice & Dice”

1. My opinion doesn’t matter:  I can’t judge you.

2. Your opinion doesn’t matter:  You can’t justify your sin.

3. What does the Bible say?:  Only God can make a judgment.

Will you repent?  Will you love God more than your sin?

Where is your heart’s priorities?  James 4:13-16.

Your life is a like grass:   Psalm 103:15-16,   Isaiah 40:6-8,  James 1:11, 1 Peter 1:24-25.

If it’s the Lords Will. On a scale from 1-10 if God were to tell you His will right now, would you do it?     Enter answer here: ___________ (1-10)

Are you too good for Heaven?   Hebrews 1-:29, Rev. 20:12-15.

Communion Reflection: 1 Cor. 11:26-29.

James 4; Constant Repentance II

James 4; Constant Repentance II

February 11, 2012

True Worship of God, James Chapter 4

True Worship is Constantly Repentant

I TRUE WORSHIP DOES NOT BEFRIEND THE WORLD (1-6)

The Fruit: Jm. 4:1-2.

The Root: Jm. 4:3-4.

The Christian Inner Conflict:  Jm. 4:5-6.

II TRUE WORSHIP DRAWS NEAR TO GOD (7-17)

Constant Repentance:   James 4:7-10.

Don’t “Judge” your Christian Family.  James 4:11-12.

The Trap:  “You can’t judge me, na na na!”

The Solution!: Practice “Thrice & Dice”

1. My opinion doesn’t matter:  I can’t judge you.

2. Your opinion doesn’t matter:  You can’t justify your sin.

3. What does the Bible say?:  Only God can make a judgment.

Will you repent?  Will you love God more than your sin?

Where is your heart’s priorities?  James 4:13-16.

Your life is a like grass:   Psalm 103:15-16,   Isaiah 40:6-8,  James 1:11, 1 Peter 1:24-25.

If it’s the Lords Will. On a scale from 1-10 if God were to tell you His will right now, would you do it?     Enter answer here: ___________ (1-10)

Are you too good for Heaven?   Hebrews 1-:29, Rev. 20:12-15.

Communion Reflection: 1 Cor. 11:26-29.

James 3; Tongue Tied & God’s Wisdom

James 3; Tongue Tied & God’s Wisdom

February 4, 2012

True Worship of God James Chapter 3

Two Big Ideas:  Tongue Tied & God’s Wisdom

I. True Worship Controls the Tongue. V. 1-12.

3:1.  teachers judged more critically but that is no excuse to do nothing.

*You may not be a firearms safety instructor but you better know how to shoot.

Men: Teach yourself & your family. Women: Help you men teach you and your kids. Singles Teach Yourselves & Go Get A Disciple.

Control Your Tongue.  James 3:2-5.

The tongue exposes the true condition of our soul.

The Tongue is Baaaad!     James 3:6-8

A Forked Tongue:  James 3:9-12.

II. True Worship Displays Heavenly Wisdom  V. 13-18

Wisdom is revealed by a good life, good deeds & humility.

Fallen Wisdom VS God’s Wisdom

Fallen Wisdom: Bitter envy, selfish ambition, earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

Fruit: Disorder & Every Evil Practice James 3:13-16, James 4:1.

God’s Wisdom: Pure, Peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy, Good Fruit, impartial & Sincere.

Luke 6:45, Pas 51:6, Hbr 4:12-13.

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