Peter instructs believers in 1st Peter 1 to “gird up the loins” of our minds. It’s about being prepared for spiritual warfare and it begins not with working out or putting on armor but by being in the right frame of mind. In 1st Peter 4 he tells us to have to the mind as Christ when it comes to suffering, very similar to the Apostle Paul in Philippians 2. It all starts with being right minded.
“The stone the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.” He is precious in God’s eyes and chosen; but you can’t build anything with just one stone.
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The first half of 1st Peter 1, about living hope and faith in God, lays the foundation of an argument. In today’s passage Peter’s reasoning comes to a point.
We are born again into a living hope and kept by the power of God. This is part 1 of 2 from 1st Peter 1.
We do not earn salvation through works. Good works are a response to what is freely given. We are the salt of the earth and light in the world when they see our good works and give God glory. The Golden Rule in Matthew 7 is “Do unto others…”
September is Mission Georgia month. Missions does not always mean traveling around the world; don’t forget to go across the street and around the block. Jesus said if you look the fields are white unto harvest. You don’t have to go anywhere to find needs.
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Communication with God – speaking and listening, paying attention at all times – is necessary if we are to be effective and stay on mission.
We’ve talked about the role of Jesus the Son going into the presence of God the Heavenly Father and making intercession on our behalf. Today let’s focus on the Holy Spirit who lives in the heart of every believer and also makes intercession. He helps in our weakness and prays the will of God when we don’t know how or what to pray.
Last week’s sermon from Hebrews 4 and 7 looked at Jesus as the Great High Priest who saves to the uttermost and ever lives to make intercession. Jesus began his role as High Priest even before his earthly ministry was finished. In John 17 he prays for the believers of his time and for those that would believe as a result of their testimony. Jesus prayed then and prays now for us! That’s just the introduction, click play button for much more.
Jesus is our Great High Priest, continually going into God the Father’s presence to make intercession. He represents a greater covenant than the Old Testament high priests and presents a more excellent sacrifice, one that is sufficient once and for all.