It's one game board, but two games. Checkers and Chess are not only played differently, but they illustrate for me the difference between how the world deals with conflict and how God would have us do so. Do you know the difference?
OPEN: (We showed a picture of a checker board on the overhead)
What is this game?
That’s right, it’s a checkers game.
How many of you have ever played checkers? (almost everyone held up their hands)
You know, I did not realize it until I began my research for this morning’s
Hurt, Love, Wrath, Mad, Enemy, Egypt, Conflict, Revenge, Pray, Hate, Neighbor, Justice, Fight, Iraq, Confrontation, Championship, Eye For An Eye, Ur, Cassius Clay, Getting Even, Enemies, Missionaries, Checkers, Decimate, Tooth For A Tooth, Chessboard, Bulldozer, Washington State, Chess, Dodge Ball, Walk Away, Garrison Keillor, Checkerboard, Pound Of Flesh, Strike Out, Mesopotamia, Left Hook, Covington
Christian/Church Of Christ
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.
OPENING: When I asked you to turn to I Peter 3:13 this morning, did you realize that about 800 years ago… you couldn’t have done that?
Do you know WHY you couldn’t have turned to I Peter 3 back then?
Because there were no chapter divisions. That didn’t happen until 1227,
1 Peter 3:13-4:1
Witness, Baptism, Persecution, Suffering, Prison, Potiphar, Joseph, Slavery, Discrimination, God's Presence, Facebook, Nasty, Clear Conscience, Enemies, Snarky, Stephen Langton, Archbishop, Canterbury, Puppy, Harassment