Scripture: 1 Peter 5:6-14

  1. Encouragement

    • Humble yourself
    • God will exalt you
    • Cast your anxiety on God
    • God cares for you
  2. Warning

    • Be soberminded
    • Watch out for devil (spiritual attack)
    • Resist the devil
  3. More Encouragement

    • Not alone in our suffering
    • Suffering is temporary
    • God called you to eternal glory
    • God will restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you
  4. Personal Notes

    • Silvanus – a faithful brother
    • God’s Word gives grace. Stand firm in it.
    • Greetings from Rome
    • Love each other

The Gospel

That phrase, “in Christ” is important for us today. Are you “in Christ?”

To be “in Christ” means you have accepted His sacrifice as payment for our own sin. Your spiritual rap sheet contains every sinful thought, attitude or action you have ever committed. No amount of self-cleansing can make us pure enough to warrant forgiveness and a relationship with a holy God.

10 as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; 11  no one understands;  no one seeks for God. 12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”

(Romans 3:10-12).

The Bible says that in our natural sinful state we are enemies of God.

10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.

(Romans 5:10)

When we accept His sacrifice on our behalf, He switches accounts with us. He exchanges our list of sins for His perfect account that is totally pleasing to God.

21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

(2 Corinthians 5:21)

A Divine Exchange takes place at the foot of the cross: our old sin nature for Jesus Christ’s perfect one.

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

(2 Corinthians 5:17)

Is your life saved, protected, and centered “in Christ?” Have you personally trusted in Jesus Christ as your Savior? I encourage you to do that today. Come talk to me after the service or if you are watching online – contact me through the church.

Take Aways

  • How are doing with humility and obedience?
  • Is Jesus Christ Lord of your life?
  • How are doing with humility and obedience?
  • Is Jesus Christ Lord of your life?
  • Do you bring your anxiety and worry to God?
  • Do you know your weak points? Are you watchful for spiritual attacks?
  • Do you expect suffering?
  • Are you turning to temporary comforts or turning to God?