So that he can no longer spend the rest of his natural life living by human appetites and desires, but for what God wills.
For the time that is past already suffices for doing what the Gentiles like to do--living in shameless, insolent wantonness, in lustful desires, drunkenness, reveling, drinking bouts and abominable, lawless idolatries.
They are astonished and think it very queer that you do not now run hand in hand with them in the same excesses of dissipation, and they abuse .
But they will have to give an account to Him Who is ready to judge and pass sentence on the living and the dead.
For this is why the good news (the Gospel) was preached even to the dead, that though judged in fleshly bodies as men are, they might live in the spirit as God does.
But the end and culmination of all things has now come near; keep sound minded and self-restrained and alert therefore for prayer.
Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins .
Practice hospitality to one another (those of the household of faith). And do it ungrudgingly (cordially and graciously, without complaining but as representing Him).
As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as good trustees of God's many-sided grace .
Whoever speaks, oracles of God; whoever renders service, as with the strength which God furnishes Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.abundantly, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ (the Messiah). To Him be the glory and dominion forever and ever (through endless ages). Amen (so be it).
Beloved, do not be amazed and bewildered at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test your quality, as though something strange (unusual and alien to you and your position) were befalling you.
But insofar as you are sharing Christ's sufferings, rejoice, so that when His glory is revealed, you may also rejoice with triumph .
If you are censured and suffer abuse the name of Christ, blessed , because the Spirit of glory, the Spirit of God, is resting upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.
But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or any sort of criminal, or as a mischief-maker (a meddler) in the affairs of others .
But if as a Christian , let him not be ashamed, but give glory to God that he is in this name.
For the time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will the end of those who do not respect or believe or obey the good news (the Gospel) of God?
And if the righteous are barely saved, what will become of the godless and wicked?
Therefore, those who are ill-treated and suffer in accordance with God's will must do right and commit their souls to the One Who created and will never fail .
Summary: Last week I shared about what love had to do with overcoming fear. Today my focus will be on what love has to do with overcoming unforgiveness. We've all struggled with this one. Overcoming being hurt by someone can be difficult. Forgiveness takes love.
Summary: Peter wrote to the strangers scattered abroad because of religious persecution not to think it strange when the fiery trials come as though something strange happened to them. They were rather to rejoice in the trials that come their way.
Summary: "You are a fundie Bible thumping mentally retarded crutch needing holy rolling homo-hating dirt IQ close-minded backwards thinking ignoramoose God loving hypocrite."
You believe in Jesus? Jesus, Paul, and Peter says you will face opposition to your faith.
Summary: The believer's relationship to their local church depends upon whether they see their church service as the place where they arrive empty and expect to leave full, or arrive full and expect to leave empty.
Summary: The Apostle Peter directs believers in Jesus in some important attitudes as we move through our lives. He instructs us to understand the end, be intentional how we use our time, and encourages us in the practice of prayer.
Summary: The pattern of this world is temptation, sin, repeat and has been so ever since the Garden of Eden. Jesus has died for us and has broken that pattern for us and offers us a new pattern for life.
Summary: The sermon is based on 1 Peter 4.1-11. In addition to receiving the gifts of salvation and the Spirit, God has given us the gift of TIME. As all of His gifts, we are to be good stewards and correctly use the time we have been given.
Summary: In this passage, it almost seems like Peter is heavily focused on persecution of the Christians he's writing to... and then he just switches gears and talks about something totally unrelated. It seems that way, but it's not.
Summary: In changing what God has intended marriage to be, we are changing the fabric of society. God's word tells us not to be surprised by this and that we should be happy for the opportunity to respond to theses trials and tribulations.
Summary: The rise of Christianity in the West propelled Western nations to great advances in science, economics and politics. This Christian foundation is the basis for America's freedom and greatness, and is in great danger as America turns away from God.
Summary: Believers have been waiting for the return of Christ and that time is drawing near when God will send the Son to bring His children home. That return will not only Glorify God but it will reestablish God's dominion over all the earth.
Summary: If we have accepted the name of Christ as our own, it means we have repented of our sins, given up our desires and our preferences and submitted fully to Him. Are we submitted to Him or still trying to live fulfilling our own selfish needs?