Sunday, August 25, 2013

Your Adversary, the Devil

The Apostle Peter warns us Christians about the Devil, our spiritual adversary.  In this message, we consider (1) the reality of the Devil, (2) the destructive activity of the Devil, particularly via his lies and temptations, and (3) how we must resist the Devil.  Not only are we able to resist his schemes, but the Bible promises that we will succeed through the victory that Christ won for us at the Cross.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Casting Anxiety

1Peter 5:7 provides a powerful  solution for the common human problem of anxiety.  God simply commands us to "cast" those anxieties from ourselves and onto Himself, our loving Heavenly Father.  We can safely trust God with all our problems "because He cares for you."

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Humble Yourself

Pride is a major problem in living the Christian life.  In 1Peter 5:5-6 the Apostle Peter describes three relationships in which humility is needed: toward elders, toward everyone in the church, and toward God Himself.  The passage also gives three strong incentives to pursue greater humility: (1) God is opposed to proud people. (2) God gives grace to humble people.  (3) God will exalt the humble in His time.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Elders Exhorted

The Apostle Peter specifically exhorts church elders.  He first describes their work as "shepherding the flock" and "exercising oversight".  Then he gives them six specific directions in carrying out these essential activities within the local church.