Sharing Your Story

1Peter 3:15 reminds us to always be ready to share the hope that is within us. One way to share our hope is to share our "before and after" story, focusing on the person we were before encountering Christ and how we are now different because of the transforming power of Christ. Even though our lives are not perfect and we each have many weaknesses …read more

Impacting Your Sphere of Influence

1Peter 2:9-12 and 3:15 encourage God’s people to display and declare the love and salvation of God. Doing good works flows out of who we are in Christ, forgiven by Him even when we were opposed to Him. We are to live in such a way that it demands a Gospel explanation. We should expect opportunities to happen and be prepared to tell about the hope that is in us, empowered by the Holy Spirit. Others need to know the how and the why we are able to live a godly life.

Two Kinds of Fear

The book of 1 Peter was written to believers whose identity, values, and mindset set them apart from those around them. Peter instructed those believers to not fear what the world fears, but to have a reverent fear of the Lord that is rooted in love, results in holiness, and empowers for witness.

A Witnessing Church

The early church persistently proclaimed the Gospel in the power of the the Holy Spirit, depending on God to open minds and transform hearts. A witnessing church is a Spirit-filled authentic community, faithfully praying and living a witnessing lifestyle despite persecution.

Devoted to Fellowship

Fellowship is the mingling of our lives together, often at great cost, because of all that we have in common. Our salvation which allows us to have a personal relationship with Christ immediately brings us into a corporate relationship with others. Fellowship means living for one another, helping each other grow spiritually, and taking care of the needy among us in genuine love.

Assurance of Salvation

1 John 5:13 assures us that we may know for certain that we have experienced true salvation and will one day go to heaven. This passage, along with the remainder of 1 John, declares the marks of a Christian. First, a genuine Christian believes that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, the savior of the world. Next, a believer will show progress (not perfection) toward an obedient lifestyle of holiness. Finally, Christians love one another sacrificially and humbly (1 John 4:7-11).

What is Salvation?

What does it mean to be saved? Salvation is an "all of life" term that begins with a specific point in which we have been saved, delivered from the penalty of sin through faith in Christ (Romans 2:15 & Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation continues as we grow in holiness through dependance upon God's Word and the Holy Spirit. We are being saved from the power of sin (1Corinthians 1:18). In the future day of glorification, at the return of Christ, we will be saved from the presence of sin (Hebrews 9:28).

Devoted to Worship

Worship is a natural response to grace as the Holy Spirit gives us the desire to speak and sing to God about His attributes and actions. We are to worship God in spirit (heartfelt) and truth (in accordance with Scripture). Worship is an eternal joyous reality (Psalms 145:1-2), a corporate activity (Psalm 95:1-2), and a daily lifestyle (Psalm 104:33). Like the early church in Acts 2:41,47 let us be devoted to worship.

Devoted to the Prayers

Private and corporate prayer both flow out of our love for God and for others. We have access to the Father because of Christ the righteous, our mediation (Hebrews 10:19-22). The early church was devoted to prayer, making it a priority. We should specifically plan for times of praise, confession, and intercession, and we should also live in an attitude of prayer, ready to lift up prayers as we feel led throughout the day.

Devoted to the Breaking of Bread

The breaking of bread in Acts 2 refers to the Lord’s Supper: a practice commanded by Jesus that we are to continue with earnest devotion. Communion is an act of worship that allows us to look back upon the sacrifice of Christ, look around in fellowship, and look ahead in anticipation of Christ’s return.

Devoted to the Apostles' Teaching

The early church was devoted to the apostles' teaching. These new believers made it a priority to be a learning community, and it is also vital for each of us to ponder and pray through scripture with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The prayer of Jesus for future believers was, "Sanctify them in the truth, your word is truth." (John 17:17 ESV).

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