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May 19, 2013
INTRODUCTION: In a nutshell: Everyone at our church is expected to serve the Lord by doing three things: First, discovering his or her spiritual gifts/passion/and style; Second, by being equipped to serve by the pastor of the church; and Third, by developing a servant's heart. There is no room for debate on these three things.
I. LIVE ACCORDING TO GOD’S WILL. (1 Peter 4:1-6)
The picture presented here is that of a soldier who puts on his equipment and arms himself for battle. Our attitudes are weapons, and weak or wrong attitudes will lead us to defeat. Our outlook determines the outcome, and as a believer we must have the right attitudes if we are to live a right life. -- Warren Wiersbe
A. Have A Militant Attitude Toward Sin. (1 Peter 4:1-3)
1. Think of what sin did to Jesus. (1 Peter 4:1)
(1 Peter 4:1) Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
a. “Arm yourselves” -- the God’s people must be equipped for warfare and suffering.
b. “With the same mind” -- the mind that was in Christ when He suffered, a willingness to suffer to do the will of God.
In light of our Lord’s persistent submission to suffering “in his body,” the Apostle Peter cautioned his readers to “arm” themselves “with the same [Christ like] attitude” to bear their present suffering.
(1 Peter 4:2) That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God
The apostle asserts that as a result of being "done with sin," he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. Believers no longer to take life for granted.
The Apostle Paul speaks very strongly
in this connection in
Finding God’s Will
Late one evening a professor sat at his desk working on the next day's lectures. He shuffled through the papers and mail placed there by his housekeeper. He began to throw them in the wastebasket when one magazine -- not even addressed to him but delivered to his office by mistake -- caught his attention. It fell open to an article titled "The Needs of the Congo Mission."
The professor began reading it idly, but then he was consumed by these words: "The need is great here. We have no one to work in the northern province of Gabon in the central Congo. And it is my prayer as I write this article that God will lay His hand on one -- one on who already, the Master's eyes have been cast that he or she shall be called to this place to help us."
The professor closed the magazine and wrote in his diary: "My search is over." He gave himself to go to the Congo. The professor's name was Albert Schweitzer. – Author Unknown
3. Remember what you were before you met Christ. (1 Peter 4:3)
(1 Peter 4:3) For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
After we have been converted, we would be foolish to spend our lives in the things which we did before. In fact, we cannot do that. We are now joined to Jesus Christ; we are united to Him, and we cannot run with the world to sinning. We must live today for God. What a tremendous truth this is!
B. Have A Patient Attitude Toward The Lost. (1 Peter 4:4-6)
1. Either you are going to please God or you will please men. (1 Peter 4:4)
(1 Peter 4:4) Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
And if you are pleasing men, you will not please God. The Lord Jesus said, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you” (John ). If the world does not hate you, then maybe there is something radically wrong.
2. The whole world is going to be judged by the Lord Jesus someday. (1 Peter 4:5)
(1 Peter 4:5) Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.
The Apostle Peter warns unbelievers "they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead." Because God does judge Christians in the world -- He chastens His children -- the unbeliever had better beware. He is warned that he will come up someday for judgment.
Note: Life is short; time is fleeting, and we must recognize that we are going to come before Him for judgment before long.
one life, 'twill soon be past,
Only what's done for Christ will last.
3. Because of coming judgment, the gospel was preached. (1 Peter 4:6)
(1 Peter 4:6) For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
Peter is saying that the gospel is being preached, and when the gospel is being preached, two things happen. (1) Some accept it, and if they accept it, they are going to live for God and live throughout eternity
(2) Some reject it, and those who reject the gospel are the men who are dead in sins and are dead to God throughout eternity; that is, they have no relation to God the Father or Jesus Christ whatsoever.
Note: Do not be controlled by the past. People who have been born again through faith in Christ should not allow the old life to control them. The past has been buried, and they are new creatures in Christ. Furthermore, life is too short to waste it on godless living, especially when you realize that one day we will all stand before God.
II. REFLECT GOD’S GRACE IN LOVING SERVICE TO OTHERS. (1 Peter 4:7-11)
A. Have An Expectant Attitude Concerning Christ’s Return. (1 Peter 4:7)
(1 Peter 4:7) But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
1. Paul said it.
“But the end of all things is at hand.” That has been true since the day the Lord Jesus went back to heaven. Paul could say that the coming of Christ was imminent: “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).
2. Peter said it.
Peter says, “The end of all things is at hand.” God is going to bring this world to a standstill one of these days while He judges it.
Jesus Christ will take His own out of the world, and there will be a lot of things to straighten up in the lives of believers. They will go before the judgment seat of Christ, not regarding salvation but regarding rewards, regarding the life which they have lived for God. This is another reason we should live for God — WE are coming up for judgment!
B. Have A Fervent Attitude Toward Other Christians. (1 Peter 4:8-9)
1. Show real love. (1 Peter 4:8)
(1 Peter 4:8) And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
Note: The essence of “agape love” is self-sacrifice. It is God-given love.
“Agape love” covers sins not in the sense of winning forgiveness for them, but in that our love for others keeps us from either broadcasting other’s faults, or being so angry with others that we refuse to accept or forgive them.
2. Show real warmth. (1 Peter 4:9)
(1 Peter 4:9) Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
a. “Use hospitality.”
Always be ready to divide your bread with the hungry, and to help the stranger. See Hebrews 13:2: “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”
b. “Without grudging.”
This means “without grumblings.” Do nothing merely because it is commanded, but do it from love to God and man; do it for Jesus’ sake! Then it will be without grumbling.
C. Have A Faithful Use Of Your Spiritual Gifts. (1 Peter 4:10-11)
1. Every born again believer should use whatever gift he has received. (1 Peter 4:10)
(1 Peter 4:10) As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
“The gift” means a particular spiritual gift, and there are many gifts. I do not know what your gift is, but I do know that if you are a child of God, you have some gift and you are to be using it in serving one another.
2. Every preacher/teacher should be speaking the Word of God. (1 Peter 4:11a)
(1 Peter 4:11a) If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
If a preacher or teacher is not speaking the Word of God, he is not truly preaching or teaching. They should not say that they are preaching or teaching the Bible when they are not really doing it.
3. Every preacher/teacher should serve as God has given him the ability. (1 Peter 4:11b)
(1 Peter 4:11b) If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
In other words, here is one man who teaches the Bible one way and another who teaches it another way, and you say, “I like this one, and I do not like the other.” Well, the other man’s method may appeal to someone to whom your man does not appeal. We should let each one minister “as of the ability which God giveth.”
4. Every preacher/teacher should speak in such a way that God will get the glory. (1 Peter 4:11c)
(1 Peter 4:11c) If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
The Apostle Peter says that we are to speak the Word of God in such a way that God may get glory through Jesus Christ. We must remember that we are nothing without Jesus Christ; He is everything! So let’s honor the Lord Jesus.
· Self-righteous service comes through human effort. True service comes from a relationship with the divine Other deep inside.
· Self-righteous service is impressed with the "big deal." True service finds it almost impossible to distinguish the small from the large service.
· Self-righteous service requires external rewards. True service rests contented in hiddenness.
· Self-righteous service is highly concerned about results. True service is free of the need to calculate results.
· Self-righteous service picks and chooses whom to serve. True service is indiscriminate in its ministry.
· Self-righteous service is affected by moods and whims. True service ministers simply and faithfully because there is a need.
· Self-righteous service is temporary; true service is a life-style.
· Self-righteous service is without sensitivity. It insists on meeting the need even when to do so would be destructive. True service can withhold the service as freely as perform it.
· Self-righteous service fractures community. True service, on the other hand, builds community.
Adapted from Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline, "The Discipline of Service."
CONCLUSION: Be serious about the present. No matter how difficult life may be, there is a job to do; and we must be faithful. Take time to pray. Show love to the saints. Use your gifts and talents to serve others. Share your faith with others. The Lord who gave you the ability will also give you the strength to use it for His glory.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: “Jesus gave His all to save us – we are to give our all to serve Him.”
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REFERENCES: References used in the Bible study are the King James Bible (KJV), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, selected illustrations, and other references.
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