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Christian Character in 1 Peter 5:5-11

Christian Character

Text 1 Peter 5:5-11
We have already ready read what Peter wrote to the church leadership, about how to shepherd the flock in dangerous times of persecution. But he doesn’t stop there. He writes another paragraph to ‘younger people.’ Now we have already seen that when he writes to elders, he’s not addressing old people, but elders in the faith, mature Christians, who are in leadership positions in the church. So who are these ‘younger people?’ The amplified Bible sometimes helps us with this. It translates, ‘Likewise you younger men, of lessor rank and experience.’ This admonition is for all of us. So, what is his exhortation?

1 Be Humble. 5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,
Wasn’t it Winston Churchill who described a political opponent as’a modest man, with much to be modest about?’ Churchill meant it as an insult, but to be a believer is to willingly apply that description to oneself. The Christian is indeed to be a modest person, for we are continually confronted with the truth that we are worthless sinners, who were eternally lost until Christ rescued us from our sin. This truth should render us very humble indeed. Practically, this means:- Read more…

Brexit Bedtime – Fact or Fiction?

Brexit Bedtime – Fact or Fiction?

You decide!

It was the end of a long parliamentary week. A week of momentous importance for the nation, the week in which the PM had revealed her plans for the future of the nation. The Hon. Member for Ducksborough South, Mr A. Leaver MP had taken a strong stand against what he perceived to be a sellout, a calumny which would see his beloved country tied to the EU and enslaved forever. He loved his country He was passionately patriotic, had served in the army, and had sacrificed years of his life in public service. He was a proud man, proud of his country, proud of its traditions and its long history democracy. Proud of its international standing. He would not, – no he would NEVER allow his nation to remain as a vassal state to a foreign power.  he was to the forefront in the referendum. Read more…

Encouragement for Elders

Encouragement for Elders

1 Peter 5:1-4
You can imagine that Peter’s readers, people who are living under the threat of death by severe persecution will need some pastoral care. They’ll need church leaders who will be there for them, to encourage them and pray with them and weep with them. So it’s no coincidence that this letter, written to prepare Christians for the persecution to come, includes an exhortation to elders to do the work for which they were called. Let’s look at the passage… Read more…

The Unvarnished Truth Matthew 10:34-39

The Unvarnished Truth

Text. Matthew 10:34-39
One thing that you’ll have noticed about this chapter as we have read it, is that as Jesus speaks to his disciples, he never sugar-coats his words, or plays down the difficulties or promises them that life as a Christian will be easy. He’s not the ‘gentle Jesus meek and mild’ person some people think him to be. Jesus said: ‘…he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.’ How different! According to Jesus, the Christian Life is a:- Read more…

Confession is Good for the Soul. Matthew 10:32-33

Confession is Good for the Soul!

Text Matthew 10:32-33 with Matthew 26
Jesus talks about CONFESSION. He says, in v32-33  “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. It’s obvious that we must CONFESS CHRIST – acknowledge publicly that he he is our saviour and Lord, and we must do it now. So, what does in mean, to make such a confession? Let’s see:-

1. We Are to Confess Christ.
We are to acknowledge him, for who he is. We claim to be a ‘confessional church.’ Confessional statements are simply to help us to understand who Jesus is, and what he did for us, and the implications of that. This is important. And it’s also Biblical. There are many biblical confessions of Christ…

Peter. Matthew 16:16.
Nathaniel. John 1:49.
The Samaritan Woman. John 4:29
Martha. John 11:27
Thomas. John 20:28
The Ethiopian Eunuch. Acts 8:34-37

All of these biblical believers made a confession of Christ. They declared the truth about who he is. Now, what about us? If someone was to ask us who Jesus is, would we be able to make a confession like that? Do we have a clear Christological understanding? Read more…

At the Crossroads of Life. 1 Peter 4:7-11

At The Crossroads of Life

Text 1 Peter 4:7-11
A diagnoses of a terminal condition changes one’s life. Peter gives us all such a diagnosis here ‘The end of all things is at hand…’ We really are living with a poor prognosis. We are in the last days. Hebrews 1:1 1 Peter 1:20  We don’t know the minute that these last days will come to an end. So in the light of eternity (which may come very quickly in their case) 7 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore… What way will WE live? 2 Peter 3:11 Right here in this passage Peter gives us some indication of what the proper response of the Christian should be:- Read more…

Dying to Sin 1 Peter 4:1-5

Dying to Sin

Text. 1 Peter 4:1-5
Why do Christians suffer? Surely Christians should expect some earthly reward for their commitment? Peter begins this chapter with another reference to the suffering and death of Christ as being the paradigm for our suffering. We see…

1. The Death of Christ – Encouragement in Suffering. 4 Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,
Just as Christ suffered, willingly for sinners, – he chose to suffer for us – so we should recognise that to suffer for him is part of our earthly calling. Let us remind ourselves of the extent of his suffering. Peter again specifically emphasises the fact that Jesus suffered ‘in the flesh.’ Peter emphasises the bodily suffering of Jesus, because ultimately the Christians of Peter’s letter would be suffering in the flesh. Read more…