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This morning I had the privilege of preaching on 1 Peter 3:1-6. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: The submission of wives to their husbands involves entrusting themselves to God, respectful behavior, developing godly character, and doing what is right.

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God doesn’t need you.

He can do whatever He wants.

Whenever He wants.

Wherever He wants.

However He wants.

And He’ll do it quite well.

He doesn’t need you.

He chooses to use you.

(HT: Jon Acuff)

 

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Christianity is history plus doctrine, fact plus meaning. “Christ died” is history, “for our sins” is doctrine. Without these elements, joined in an absolutely indissoluble union, there is no Christianity.

J. Gresham Machen

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I had the privilege this morning of preaching on 1 Peter 2:21-25. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: Jesus Christ is our suffering, sacrificial Shepherd.

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This morning I had the privilege of preaching on 1 Peter 2:18-20. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: We are to be submissive to our employer, whether good or bad, because it’s acceptable and pleasing to God.

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Do not think you are getting no good from the Bible, merely because you do not see that good day by day. The greatest effects are by no means those which make the most noise, and are most easily observed. The greatest effects are often silent, quiet, and hard to detect at the time they are being produced.

Think of the influence of the moon upon the earth, and of the air upon the human lungs. Remember how silently the dew falls, and how imperceptibly the grass grows. There may be far more doing than you think in your soul by your Bible-reading. (J. C. Ryle, Practical Religion, 136)

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To know that nothing happens in God’s world apart from God’s will may frighten the godless, but it stabilizes the saints.

J.I. Packer

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This morning I had the privilege of preaching on civil disobedience (a follow-up on last week’s sermon on 1 Peter 2:13-17). Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: When we understand the purpose of civil government and the priority of a Christian (God above all else), we understand the possibility of civil disobedience.

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One of the insults hurled at Jesus was that he was “a friend of sinners” (Matt. 11:19; Luke 15:2). But what does that mean? Does it mean that He didn’t care what they did, but just enjoyed spending time with them? Does it mean that He approved of what they did? The non-believer will make that statement to Christians, trying to say that we should not “judge” anyone. Even some Christians use the same kind of reasoning at times.

So, what does it mean that Jesus is “a friend of sinners”? Kevin DeYoung has written an excellent article that answers the question. You can read it here.

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Francis Schaeffer wrote the following words in 1968:

We live in a post-Christian world. What should be our perspective as individuals, as institutions, as orthodox Christians, as those who would claim to be Bible-believing? How should we look at this post-Christian world and function as Christians in it?

The church in our generation needs reformation,revival, and constructive revolution.

At times men think of two words, reformation and revival, as standing in contrast to the other, but this is a mistake. Both words are related to the word restore.

Reformation gives to a restoration to pure doctrine; revival refers to a restoration in the Christian’s life. Reformation speaks of a return to the teachings of Scripture; revival speaks of a life brought into its proper relationship to the Holy Spirit.

The great moments of church history have come when these two restorations have simultaneously come into action so that the church has returned to pure doctrine and the lives of Christians in the church have known the power of the Holy Spirit.

Such a combination of reformation and revival would be revolutionary in our day – revolutionary in our individual lives as Christians, revolutionary not only in reference to the liberal church but constructively revolutionary in the evangelical, orthodox church as well.

May we be those who know the reality of both reformation and revival so that this poor dark world may have an exhibition of a portion of the church returned to both pure doctrine and Spirit-filled life.

(Death in the City, pp. 11-12)

2014 is no different! May God bring us reformation and revival leading to constructive revolution!

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