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    Sunday 9 - 13 - 20

    Sunday 9 - 13 - 20

    In God’s great salvation we have a promised inheritance of
    • Eternal (imperishable, undefiled, unfading)
    • Life (born again to a living hope, secured by Christ’s resurrection)
    • With God (kept in heaven, God’s realm)

    Our Promised Inheritance:
    Because of the hope of eternal life, we rejoice, even in suffering.
    “The glory will be greater than our suffering.”
    Because of the hope of eternal life, we live holy lives.
    “Our lives are transformed from futility to holiness.”

    1 Peter 1:13-20 – Called to Be Holy
    v. 13. “Therefore” – The grace of God has come to us; our lives are transformed.
    God’s commands are always rooted in his grace.

    1. Set your hope completely on Jesus Christ (13),
    We have received grace upon grace from Jesus – forgiveness, reconciliation with God, removal of our sin, new life, rescued from the dominion darkness….
    When he comes again, it will be with more grace to complete our sanctification.

    a. By changing your thinking (13)
    We have to think differently about what is important, what we value.

    We can waste our lives living like the world.
    Or we can live fruitful lives of holiness like our heavenly Father.

    2. Devote yourself to holiness (14-16).
    Do not give in to former passions
    v. 14. “Children”- We have become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
    We are a new people, with a new relationship with our Father.
    With renewed minds, set on holiness instead of sin.

    v. 15. God is holy, so we shall be holy.
    The Christian life is not passive.
    Sinful desires still beckon and tempt us to depart from God.
    Relying on God’s strength, we must choose what is pleasing to God over sin.
    vv. 14-15. We are children of God, called to be holy like our Father.
    Vs. 18 You inherited from (pagan) forefathers futile (useless) way of life.
    We are to change from old passions to new thinking and living in holiness.

    We are exiles, a people of God, called to separate ourselves from the evil desires of the world and live in a way that pleases God.

    3. Live in reverent fear of God (17)
    v. 17. Peter mingles God’s role as our Father, but also as the Judge of all mankind.
    He is both, our perfectly loving Father and a just Judge.

    We live holy lives to please God as our Father.
    We live holy lives because we respect God as Judge.

    God will judge everyone’s works; for believers, it will be for reward.
    “Throughout the time of your exile” - We don’t belong here, won’t be here long.

    v. 18. a. Because we were redeemed by Christ’s precious blood (18-19)
    Jesus paid the price for our new life with the price of his own.

    “like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.”
    Jesus’ death was like…
    • The Passover Lamb (Ex 12) whose blood spares others from the wrath of God,
    • The Suffering Servant (Isa 53) who was led to the slaughter and bore the sins of many, and
    • The spotless lambs whose death takes away sin.
    These were a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ.
    His death is greater and completes them all.

    a. His atoning work was destined by God for us before history began (20)
    “foreknown” God planned to redeem us before the creation of the world.
    Jesus lived with the Father and Spirit for all eternity past.
    Jesus was revealed for your sake in this time.

    • 33 min
    Sunday 9 - 6-20

    Sunday 9 - 6-20

    Author: Peter, one of the 12 apostles wrote the letter.
    Purpose: to encourage believers to stand firm amid suffering.
    Recipients: churches in Asia Minor facing persecution.

    How can Christians have joy while they are grieving in trials?

    1 Peter 1:1-12 – Born Again to a Living Hope
    V. 1. Peter writes to “elect”, people chosen by God.
    “Exiles” can also be “strangers” or “sojourners” – “dispersed” in Asia Minor.

    I. God has chosen us as his people. (1)
    God chose us and calls us his very own.

    II. This world is not our home. Heaven is our true home. (1)
    We are exiles, strangers, sojourners here.

    V. 2. Salvation by our Triune God.
    • The foreknowledge of the Father. God’s sovereign and initiating act.
    • The sanctification of the Spirit. The Spirit makes us holy.
    • The sprinkling of Jesus’ blood. His sacrifice brought cleansing & forgiveness.

    III. We will receive a promised inheritance. (3-5)
    v. 3. He caused us to be born again into a living hope.
    • A living hope, through Christ’s resurrection. (3)
    • An imperishable inheritance – eternity in heaven (4)
    • Full salvation, guarded by God (5)
    Our tears will not last long, a great reward is laid up for those who are faithful.

    IV. So we rejoice in suffering (6-9)
    • Though now our trials bring grief (6)
    • They serve to test and prove our faith (7)
    • And result in praise, glory, and honor (7)

    “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Cor 4:17)

    Life as sojourners here is not easy, but by God’s grace, our lives are filled with joy.

    V. And are filled with joy and love for Jesus Christ (8)
    v. 9. Because the outcome of our faith, our salvation is coming.

    VI. We rejoice because we live in the age of the fulfillment of the promises of Christ. (10-12)

    v. 10. The prophets searched and inquired about the salvation we know.

    v. 11. They inquired what person or time the Spirit predicted of Christ’s sufferings and glories.
    They realized their prophesies were for a future people.

    v. 12. Even angels long to look into these things.

    1. God has chosen us as his people (1)
    2. This world is not our home (1)
    3. We will receive a promised inheritance (3-5)
    4. So we rejoice in suffering (6-9)
    5. And are filled with joy and love for Christ (8)
    6. We rejoice in the age of fulfillment of God’s promises (10-12)

    • 33 min
    Sunday 8 - 30 - 20

    Sunday 8 - 30 - 20

    Jonah acts like the priest and the Levite who pass by the the wounded man in the parable of the Good Samaritan: self-absorbed and indifferent

    Luke 10:25-29
    v. 25. Question – a test from a lawyer: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”
    What is eternal life? People think: forever.
    But it’s more than that, eternal life is life WITH God, full and abundant.

    v. 26. Where does Jesus turn for the most important answer to the most important question? To the most important book ever written, the Bible.

    V. 27. Lawyer answers from the OT: “Love God w/all heart, soul, strength, mind.”
    This is the shema’ from Deut 6:5.
    “and your neighbor as yourself” Lev 19:18

    v. 28. Correct. “Do this and you will live.”
    The lawyer knows the answer, but did he live the right answer?
    We know there is a massive difference between knowing right and living right.
    How many times do we know we should reach out, give, say something, but don’t?

    v. 29. “To justify himself….” He felt good about his answer, but not his life.
    The lawyer was looking to limit the range of people he must love.
    He may be thinking, who deserves my love?

    Luke 10:29-35
    vv. 29-35 Themes in the parable:
    - The brokenness and sinfulness of the world (30)
    - The emptiness of religion without love (31-32)
    - Racism and prejudice in society (33)
    - Real love in sacrifice and risk (34-35)

    v. 30. The brokenness and sinfulness of the world
    The man was robbed, stripped, beaten, and left half-dead.

    vv. 31-32. The emptiness of religion without love
    A priest and Levite came down the same road, they serve at the temple.
    We would expect that these pious men would help.
    But they pass by the man on the other side. They AVOID the wounded man.
    How cold, to avoid a man so desperate for help.

    v. 33. Racism and prejudice in society
    A Samaritan – considered enemies of Jews, of mixed race, mixed religion.
    Jesus’ use of the Samaritan as the good guy in the story is shocking.

    The Samaritan reflects the lengths to which love for neighbor will go.
    He treats the injured Jewish man not as an enemy, but as a neighbor, as his own.

    Real love in sacrifice and risk. The Good Samaritan
    - Saw the brokenness of the injured man (33)
    - Came to him in compassion (33)
    - Demonstrated love by binding his wounds (34)
    - Carried him to safety (34)
    - Paid the price for his care (35)

    Jesus defines neighbor as anyone of any race or religion who is in need.

    Jesus is the One Who is fully “other” from us.
    • In him the fullness of God dwells. (Col 2:9)
    • He is the image of the invisible God. (Col 1:15)

    Jesus Christ is the greater neighbor who
    - Sees our brokenness in sin
    - Comes to us in compassion
    - Demonstrates God’s love for us by giving his life
    - Pays the price for our salvation
    - Reconciles us to God & each other, bringing an end to racism
    - Is coming again to receive us into eternal life

    Luke 10:36-37
    v. 36. Which of these proved to be a neighbor? The one who showed mercy.
    “You go, and do likewise.”

    • 33 min
    Sunday 8 - 23 - 20

    Sunday 8 - 23 - 20

    Chapters 1 & 2 – Jonah acts like the prodigal son who ran from his Father in disobedience (Lk 15:11-24).
    • An act of rebellion – Jonah disobeyed God’s call
    o God said go to Nineveh, Jonah went 180 degrees the other way
    • An act of mistrust – Jonah did not trust God’s goodness
    o Jonah did not believe it was good to warn Nineveh

    Chapters 3 & 4 – Jonah acts like the older brother who was angry at his father for his mercy toward sinners (Lk 15:25-32).
    • An attitude of self-righteousness
    o He believed only his people were “worthy” of God’s grace.

    Jonah acts like the priest and the Levite who pass by the the wounded man in the parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk 10:29-37).
    • An attitude of comfortable self-absorption
    • An attitude of indifference toward others

    One God Who Abounds in Compassion
    • God pursues the rebel
    o “The Lord hurled a great wind… appointed a great fish” (Jonah 1:4, 17)
    o “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced” (Lk 15:20)
    • God invites the self-righteous into his acts of grace
    o “Arise, go to Nineveh…” (Jonah 3:2)
    o “His father came out and entreated him.” (Lk 15:28b)
    • God shows the self-absorbed and indifferent their need for change.
    o “Should I not pity the 120,000 [lost] persons” (Jonah 4:11)
    o “He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘You go, and do likewise.’” (Lk 10:37)

    Can God save the rebel who runs from God?
    Can He cure the self-righteous attitude that looks down on “others”?
    Can he heal a comfortable, self-absorbed heart, that is indifferent to “others”?

    Philippians 2:3-11 Christ’s Example of Humility
    Jesus is wholly other from us. He is eternal and glorious.

    Jesus himself is the One Who is wholly “other” from us.
    • In him the fullness of God dwells. (Col 2:9)
    • He is the image of the invisible God.(Col 1:15)
    • He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature (Heb 1:3)

    Yet, he emptied (and humbled) himself to be like us: fragile, mortal.
    He humbled himself further to be a servant.
    He humbled himself further to die in our place.
    He humbled himself further to die in shame on a cross.

    Can God save the rebel who runs from God?
    • Christ came to to give his life as a ransom for yours,
    • that you might be reconciled to your Father. No one is beyond his reach.

    Can He cure the self-righteous attitude that looks down on “others”?
    • He came as wholly “other”, different from you to show you that you can not save yourself.

    Can he heal a comfortable, self-absorbed heart, that is indifferent to “others”?
    • Christ came precisely because God will NOT be comfortable and indifferent while his children are lost.
    • God took drastic and costly action to demonstrate his love for you.
    • He gave us a perfect example to follow.

    Jesus finished the parable of the Good Samaritan this way…
    Luke 10:36-37
    36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?"37 He said, "The one who showed him mercy." And Jesus said to him, "You go, and do likewise."

    • 25 min
    Sunday 8 - 9-20

    Sunday 8 - 9-20

    Previously: God abounds in mercy and grace to sinners.
    • God was merciful to the mariners, saving them from the storm.
    • God was merciful to Jonah, saving him from the sea.
    • God was merciful to Nineveh, warning them of disaster so he could save them from it.

    Jonah 4:1-4
    V.1. Nineveh’s repentance led God to respond in mercy
    God’s mercy led Jonah to respond in displeasure and anger.
    Jonah was angry precisely because God was merciful, literally hated what God had done.

    If Jonah ended with chapter 3, Jonah would be one of the greatest prophets.
    A whole nation repented at his preaching, instead he’s angry, lit., “burning”.
    What an odd response, over the top, shocking.

    Why was Jonah angry at God’s mercy toward Nineveh? Maybe this threatened Jonah’s:
    1. Prosperity. Maybe because Assyria was a threat to Israel?
    How could God prosper Israel and be merciful to her enemy?
    2. Pride. Maybe because Jonah’s prophecy of Nineveh’s fall would be wrong.
    How could God relent of his word of judgment?
    3. Popularity. Maybe he would return to Israel far less popular.
    Jonah previously prophesied prosperity for Israel.
    What would they think of him if God used him to show mercy to their enemy.
    4. Identity. Maybe he saw only Israel as “worthy” of God’s mercy. Nationalism/racism.

    You must give up your small, self-centered mission.

    Jonah’s anger reveals his heart:
    • He is cold toward others. (Did not care if a whole city of gentiles was destroyed)
    • He is short-sided in vision. (Pouted instead of rejoicing at sinners turning from sin)
    • He is self-centered in nationalism or racism. (Wanted God to bless Israel, not “others”)
    • He is selfish in desiring God to serve him. (I or me used 9 times in Heb in 3 verse prayer)

    Jonah and his God had vastly different motives.
    God used Jonah to bring an entire city to repentance, but Jonah found no joy in it.
    How many times does our selfishness rob us of the joy of being part of God’s great mission?
     We do not give to mission because we want to spend all we have on ourselves.
     We miss the blessing of serving another because we’re too busy.
     We miss the blessing of deeper relationship because people don’t fit in our schedule.

    You must give yourself to God’s greater mission.

    V. 2a. God’s great character. Jonah quoted from Ex 34 when God showed Moses his glory.
    Jonah’s heart: cold, short-sided, self-centered, selfish.
    God’s heart:
    • Gracious – his attitude toward us, to do good for us when we do not deserve it.
    • Merciful - compassionate
    • Slow to anger – patient with us
    • Abounding in love – pledged love, loyal love

    These are startling and unsettling verses.
    Jonah’s theology is right. He knows God‘s word. He knows God’s character.
    But it never changed his heart. Good theology, bad heart.
    It is not enough to know God; we must be changed by him.

    It is possible to know the Word and the character God in your head, yet not experience a change of heart.
    You must let God change your heart.

    Jonah uses the Scriptures to justify his sin and selfishness.
    If we feel more righteous as we read the Bible, we are misreading it.
    Reading the Bible rightly humbles us, corrects wrong attitudes
    It encourages us with God’s grace, mercy and patience despite our flaws.

    V. 3. “Take my life. It is better for me to die”
    He had no desire to go on.
    If he had to choose b/n loyalty to God and loyalty to Israel, Jonah was ready to push God away.
    Jonah’s problem is that there is something he values more than God.
    When we care more about our interests than the good and salvation of others, we are sinning.

    You must tear down what is more valuable to you than God.

    V. 4. “Do you do well to be angry?”
    Is it good for you to be angry? What is your anger accomplishing? – you must give it up.
    God could have rejected Jonah

    • 32 min
    Sunday 8 - 2-20

    Sunday 8 - 2-20

    Previously: We can either be amazed by grace or forfeit God’s grace by clinging to idols

    Jonah 3:1-5 Jonah Goes to Nineveh
    vv.. 1-2. “Second time” – God gives Jonah a second chance at his commission.
    God gives us countless second chances – b/c his compassion is boundless.
    But there will be an end to this time of God’s favor for the lost.

    v. 2. Jonah’s mission was to give the message to the Ninevites that God gave him.
    The Word of God is the essential part of our message. It is not one we made up.
    We receive the Word of God and we pass it on to others.

    v. 3. Jonah went – he did not run. This is a somewhat different person than chapter 1.
    Jonah repented – to repent means to turn or return – from disobedience to obedience.
    Jonah has learned many lessons – but we will see his discipleship is not complete.

    3-days journey in breadth – perhaps meaning Jonah’s visit was a 3-day event, a large city.

    v. 4. “40 days and Nineveh shall be overthrown” – a simple message of God’s wrath.
    Does not say why, who, or what to do.
    God’s message was probably more than recorded.

    v. 5. “The people believed God… fasted” – Jonah was not laughed at or beaten.
    The people believed and began fasting – greatest to least.
    Against all expectations, the powerful, violent city of Nineveh put on sackcloth in repentance.

    “The greatest miracle in the book is the turning of a nation to God.” – Frank Page

    Jonah 3:6-10 The People of Nineveh Repent
    v. 6. The king heard and took a posture of grief and repentance – sackcloth and ashes.

    vv. 7-8. He called for – a national fast / sackcloth / prayer to God / turning from evil

    Each individual was called upon to turn from his own evil.
    “From the violence in his hands” – Nineveh was known for its violence against other nations.
    Their evil turned inward, toward each other.

    “Social breakdown, the economic and political “devouring” of one another is actually the outworking of God’s wrath.”

    It may be that the repentance “from the greatest of them to the least” (v5) shows the beginning of a reconciliation of the different hierarchies of society.

    v. 10. “God saw… how they turned from evil He relented of the disaster.”
    God responded to mercy.
    God was merciful to the mariners, saving them from the storm.
    God was merciful to Jonah, saving him from the sea.
    God was merciful to Nineveh, warning them of disaster so he could save them from it.

    Were the Ninevites saved? Not likely. There is “believing God” for his wrath.
    There is a turning from sin, but there is not a trusting God for salvation.
    Salvation requires faith and atoning sacrifice.

    God abounds in mercy and grace to sinners.
    He warns us of his anger and wrath against sin.
    He gives opportunity to repent and turn to him to receive grace.

    • 31 min

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