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Summary: 3 of 8. Peter exhorted the aliens to love their brothers & sisters in Christ as they were also loved by God. Christians are to love as they are loved by God. But how are they to live out that love? God’s love is lived out thru an encounter with...

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LOVING THE BRETHREN-III—1Peter 1:22—2:12

Attention:

It’s Contagious!

Two young brothers called the pastor of a local "corner" church to ask the pastor to come by to pray for his mother who had been very ill with the flu.

The pastor knew the family & was aware they had been attending another church down the road.

So the pastor asked, "Shouldn't you be asking Brother Simon at your church to come by to pray with your mom?"

The young boy replied, "Yeah, but we didn't want to take the chance that he might catch whatever it is that Mom has."

When siblings act for their own ends it may be difficult to love them!

So far in our study of 1Peter we have examined the fact that

Christians are...CONSIDERED ALIEN(:1-2)...

We’ve examined...WHAT’s So GREAT About GOD—(:3-12)

And discovered God’s means of...UNLEASHING Your SPIRITUAL VITALITY/Vigor—(:13-21)

Today we will continue applying the above truths toward LOVING THE BRETHREN(1:22—2:12).

Peter exhorted the aliens to love their brothers & sisters in Christ as they were also loved by God.

Christians are to love as they are loved by God.

How are Christians to live out God’s love?

13 encounters thru which Christians are to live-out God’s love.

We had previously found that

God’s love is lived out thru an encounter with...

1. CLEANSING(:22a)“Purified”

2. OBEDIENCE(:22b)“Obeying”

3. SINCERITY(:22c)“Sincere”

4. EFFORT / INTENTION & DEPTH(:22d)“Fervently with a pure heart”

Purity—Begins with obedience

Obedience—begins with the truth(word & voice)

Sincerity—begins with purity

Fervency—Begins with sincerity

5—God’s love is lived out thru an encounter with...

REBIRTH(:23a)

Explanation:(:23a)

:23—“having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives & abides forever,”

We have encountered this term & concept previously in 1Pet. 1:3

1Pet. 1:3—“Blessed be the God & Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”

Christians have begun again with a clean slate & new life. They are new creatures in Christ Jesus. They are very different from who they were before being “born again.”

“Born again”—anagennaw—To produce again, be born again, born anew.

Argumentation:

Jn. 3:3, 5-7—“Jesus answered & said to him[Nicodemus], “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.””....“Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water & the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, & that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ “The wind blows where it wishes & you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from & where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.””


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