If you want Christ for salvation from sin's penalty, you also choose to identify with Christ and live the life He lived on earth! If He suffered, why do we expect a pass in life? Peter's teaching reminds us "You are going to hurt: it's part of life in a sin-cursed world." So how do you prepare? How do you handle it when it comes?
This message presents the first of four vital truths that form a set of emergency procedures that must become second nature to us and must be enacted when we go through times of stress and distress.
This series of messages is adapted from Dr. Jim Berg's work, When Trouble Comes and is a highly recommended resource from BJU press.
Part of the series:
Grace in Times of Trouble
A series of messages on the grace of God provided for us in the Gospel to meet those times of strain and pressure,times of trouble.
Synopsis: Each of us goes through times in which we feel a great deal of strain and pressure that comes from a variety of circumstances and responsibilities we face. We also go through hardships and tough times that produce additional strain. The good news is in the Gospel of Christ we have every resource necessary to face whatever God providentially arranges. Today we look at one of those resources -- God's grace.
Synopsis: What happens if I fail to use God's grace--especially in times of suffering, stress, or times of trouble?
Our text reveals three dangers to beware of as part of our responsibility to exercise great oversight and care as we aggressively chase after peace and holiness.
Synopsis: Do you have a plan of action in place to follow so that the emergencies of life can be handled biblically? The Apostle Peter admonishes us to arm ourselves with the same mindset Christ had on earth (1 Peter 4:1-2) when we go through times of suffering, times of stress and distress.
Synopsis: Having looked at what "the flesh" is and one of the ways it manifests itself, tonight's message looks at a second way the flesh is manifested and then takes a closer look at our text to grasp the impact of what Peter is really saying.
Synopsis: God's grace and peace are real; both exist because God does! God's peace does not do its work until God's grace has first done its work!
One of the blessed benefits of the Gospel is the provision of peace - both with God and of God. This message takes a look at God's promise of peace as the first step we must take in Overcoming the Overwhelming.
Synopsis: This message deals with the second step in overcoming the overwhelming. Our text indicates if we are to enjoy God's peace, there are certain requirements we must meet. The first of these is especially crucial!
Synopsis: The one who experiences the peace God promises doesn't add God to his life in order to find a sense of wholeness and happiness; God has become his life! There is a real difference! What's involved is the pursuit of God not the use of God for one's own benefit!
Synopsis: God has unlimited, unfailing power that is always expressed for His glory and our eternal good. Do you believe that?
Enough for it to impact your thinking and the way you view your troubling circumstances?
Synopsis: When we are either distressed and/or puzzled by troubling times, we are tempted to deny the truthfulness of that little prayer often taught to little children: “God is great; God is good; let us thank Him….” From 2 Corinthians 1, let's see what one of those characteristics of God's goodness we are often tempted to deny -- His love.