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Jesus Offers Hope for Productive Pain

Jesus Offers Hope for Productive Pain

Apr 02, 2017

Passage:1 Peter 4:1-19

Preacher: John Welborn

Series: Hope Has a Name


April 2, 2017      Pastor John Welborn Hope Has a Name Jesus offers Hope for Productive Pain 1 Peter 4:1-19 I. Go to War with My Flesh  “Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is why the gospel was preached even to those who are dead, that though judged in the flesh the way people are, they might live in the spirit the way God does.”  1 Peter 4:1-6
 “Christ didn’t send us into the world as vacationers on a self-guided tour of a playground but as soldiers on a tour of duty in a battlefield.” Charles Swindoll
Going to War with My Flesh Involves 3 Things: • Living for the Will of God  “For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.” Galatians 5:17
• Enduring the Mockery of Others  “…always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”  1 Peter 3:15b
• Emphasizing the Spirit above the Flesh 
 II. Set My Focus on the Needs of Others  “The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace; whoever speaks, as one who speaks  oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies – in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”  1 Peter 4:7-11
The Implications of Christ’s Imminent Return Should Lead us to: • Self-Control • Service to Others  “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13
• Giving Glory to God
III. When I Suffer, Suffer for the Right Reasons  “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And ‘If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?’ Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.” 1 Peter 4:12-19
“All who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted”   2 Timothey 3:12
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:10
• Jesus went to War with his Flesh and Never Sinned!
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15
• Jesus set His Focus on the Needs of Others!
“The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11b
• Jesus Suffered for the Right Reasons!
“And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Hebrews 10:10
If you are hopeless after hearing how to make the most of your pain, I want to point you to Jesus today. He perfectly fulfilled each point and is prepared to give YOU His righteousness if you will turn to Him in faith!
Sources and Further Reading Opportunities: • Swindoll’s Living Insights: James, 1 & 2 Peter – Chuck Swindoll (2010) • Wiersbe Bible Commentary – Warren Wiersbe (2007) • New Illustrated Bible Dictionary – Ronald F. Youngblood (1995) • Preaching the Word – David R. Helm (2008) • Be all the more diligent to make your calling & election sure –R.C. Sproul (2011) • New American Commentary – Thomas R. Schreiner (2003) • MacArthur New Testament Commentary – John MacArthur (2004) • Strong’s Concordance – James Strong (1890) • Tony Evans Book of Illustrations – Tony Evans (2009) • Swindoll’s Ultimate Book of Illustrations & Quotes – Charles Swindoll (1998)