Sermons from October 2020
In 1 Peter 4:7-11 Peter says that the end of all things is near. How then should you live? Peter gives the implications of this reality by explaining the way Christians should treat one another in light of this truth, namely, in prayer, love, showing hospitality, and exercising their gifts for the good of others all to the glory of God.
In Deuteronomy 5:1-21 Moses records the famous Ten Commandments summed up by Christ as loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and loving our neighbor as ourselves. These commands form the basis for all godly living, but they are not just commands. They are rooted in the gospel in that the gospel provides the motivation and ability to keep them.
Part of the suffering a Christian is called to comes from living a godly life that the world disdains. As Christians live lives differently than unbelievers, unbelievers will often put pressure on Christians to give up their convictions. How can a Christian have the strength to stand firm when faced with such opposition? In 1 Peter 4:1-6, this question is addressed. The realities of the gospel provide the foundation for courageous living in a hostile world.
Understanding the law can be difficult, but it remains an important part of the Christian’s life. In this passage in Deuteronomy 4:41-49, cities of refuge are established east of the Jordan and the law is introduced. This transitional passage, wrapping up the historical review section and preparing for the giving of the law, teaches important aspects about the law of God for the Christian.
2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, Peter is writing his letter to Christians who are struggling. In this passage, Peter addresses the relationship between Christs exaltation and the Christians suffering in 1st Peter 3:19-22.
Here Moses concludes his great exhortation to the people of God based on their history. His emphasis is that nothing has ever happened like the exodus and therefore the people of God must serve him. If this was true for God’s people in the OT, how much more is it true after the coming of Christ?
Why is it better to suffer for good than for bad?
Exile and restoration is one of the great themes developed in the Scriptures which Christ fulfills by bringing his people back from exile into God’s presence. Here Moses prophesies of such times.