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Jesus Offers Hope for the Suffering

Jesus Offers Hope for the Suffering

Mar 12, 2017

Passage:1 Peter 3:8-22

Preacher: John Welborn

Series: Hope Has a Name


March 12, 2017 Pastor John Welborn Hope Has a Name Jesus Offers Hope for the Suffering 1 Peter 3:8-22 “We can live 40 days without food, 8 days without water, 4 minutes without air, but only a few seconds without hope.” Anonymous I. There is Hope for Godly Living “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. For ‘Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.’” 1 Peter 3:8-12 • Unity of Mind “Peter isn’t calling us to sing together in unison, but harmony, which means we all contribute our unique notes in a beautiful chorus that far surpasses any single note.” Chuck Swindoll • Sympathy “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another…” Romans 12:15-16a • Brotherly Love • Tender Heart “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 • Humble Mind • Overcome Evil with Good “When he was reviled, he did not revile in return…” 1 Peter 2:23a “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21 “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr “I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1 II. There is Hope in a Hostile World “Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’’ sake you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, 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, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.” 1 Peter 3:13-17 “Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.” Acts 5:41 “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5 There are 5 Steps to Finding Hope in a Hostile World: • Recognize How Blessed You Are “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:10 • Don’t Freak Out “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” John 14:1 • Speak Up about Jesus • Keep Your Testimony • Remember Who is In Charge “For this light momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look no to the things which are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 III. There is Hope for Peace with God “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.” 1 Peter 3:18-22 “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God…” 1 Peter 3:18a Suffering wasn’t the end of Jesus’ story & Suffering won’t be the End of Your Story! God is good, God has a plan, and, in Christ, God is on your side! 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)