Summary: How can we live the excellent life God wants for us? 1. Our life must be founded on faith (vs. 1-4). 2. Our life must be full of God’s fruit (vs. 5-8). 3. Our life must be focused on our finish (vs. 9-11).
God’s Ultimate Excellence for Us - Part 2
Sermon by Rick Crandall
Grayson Baptist Church - March 10, 2013
*Sometimes people get down when they compare themselves to other people: Somebody richer, smarter, stronger or better looking. Have you ever been there? Maybe you think of yourself as a little nobody right now.
*President William Howard Taft’s great granddaughter was asked to write her autobiography when she was in the third grade. And this is what she wrote: "My great-grandfather was President of the United Sates. My grandfather was a United States Senator. My father is an ambassador. And I’m a Brownie." (1)
*You may not feel like much compared to the people around you. But we all can live an excellent life in the sight of the Lord. How can we do it? How can we live the excellent life God wants for us?
1. First: Our life must be founded on faith.
*This is Peter’s message to us in vs. 1-4. The excellent life must be founded on faith. In this letter Peter was speaking to Christians, people of faith, so he opened with this introduction in vs. 1: "Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ."
*Jesus Christ is the only foundation for salvation. We must put our faith in Him. This is why Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 3:11, "other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ." The only foundation for the excellent, eternal life is Jesus Christ. And that is because we are sinners who must be saved.
*M.C. Richards once asked: "Why is it if we are all so well-educated and brilliant and gifted and artistic and idealistic and distinguished in scholarship. -- That we are so selfish and scheming and dishonest and begrudging and impatient and arrogant and disrespectful of others?" (2)
*It is because we are sinners who must be saved. In Acts 4 Peter and John were on trial before the high priest in Jerusalem. The Jewish leaders were grilling them about a miraculous healing, and the Word of God says:
8. Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders of Israel:
9. If we this day are judged for a good deed done to the helpless man, by what means he has been made well,
10. let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.
11. This is the ’stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’
12. Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.’’ (Acts 4:8-12)
*We must be saved and we can be saved, -- but only through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Faith in Jesus Christ is the only foundation for a life worth living.
*Last week we talked about how we can trust in God’s goodness, His grace and His guarantees to us: