EXPLORING 1st PETER: SERVING GOD IN EVERYTHING
Message by Christina Main – May 28, 2023
1 Peter 4:1-2 NLT So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin. You won’t spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God.
1. Christians should have an attitude of commitment.
1 Peter 4:3-6 NIV For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.
2. Christians should live with an attitude of wisdom.
1 Peter 4:7 NIV The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray..
3. Christians should have an attitude of serious prayer.
1 Peter 4:8-11 NIV Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
4. Christians should live with an attitude of love.
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About Christina Main: Many of us remember Christina fondly from her years as Director of Student Ministries at Westheights Community Church. She is currently a psychotherapist in Welland with a focus on kids and teens. She likes bird-watching and gets excited when she spots redtail hawks, bald eagles and the great blue heron which she says definitely puts her in the bird-watching nerd category. Christina is passionate about people and engaging people through their stories.