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Summary: God’s Word has the power to give us: 1. Salvation (1 Peter 1:17-21 & 23-25). 2. Purification (1 Peter 1:22). 3. Completion (1 Peter 2:1-2). 4. Satisfaction (1 Peter 2:3).

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The Power of God’s Word

1 Peter 1:17-2:3

Sermon by Rick Crandall

Grayson Baptist Church - June 27, 2012

*As you’ve already heard, our theme for VBS this year is “Amazing Wonders Aviation,” and it’s all about the amazing power of God. Against the backdrop of some of the world’s great natural wonders, the children will look into the Bible to see God’s amazing power over nature, our circumstances, sin and death. We will also explore the amazing power God wants to have over our lives.

*“Amazing Wonders Aviation” is all about the amazing power of our God, so today we will focus on the power of God’s Word.

*Please open your Bibles to 1 Peter 1, and we will start reading in vs. 17, where Peter is speaking to everyone who has trusted in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

17. And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your sojourning here in fear;

18. knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers,

19. but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

20. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you

21. who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

22. Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,

23. having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,

24. because "All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away,

25. but the word of the Lord endures forever.’’ Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

1 Peter 2:1-3

1. Therefore, laying aside all malice, all guile, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking,

2. as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,

3. if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

*There is no other book like this Book. The Bible is the amazing, miraculous Word of God. And it is saturated with the power of God.

1. First this morning, the Bible has the power to give us salvation.

*This is why in Romans 1:16, the Apostle Paul said, "I am not ashamed of the gospel (or good news) of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”

*The Word of God has the power to give us salvation. And in today’s Scripture, Peter shows us 3 basics of our salvation.

[1] The first basic is freedom.

*Salvation sets us free. We must know this essential truth, so starting in vs. 18, Peter tells believers:

18. knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers,

19. but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.


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