This morning, I had the privilege of preaching on 1 Peter 5:12-14. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: Even in persecution, we’re to stand firm in and by God’s grace, which can only happen as we stand together as brothers and sisters in Christ.
Archive for August, 2014
Just as the earth is not the centre of the universe, so man is not the grandest of all beings. God has been pleased highly to exalt man; but we must remember how the psalmist speaks of him: “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him; and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” In another place, David says, “Lord, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him! Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away.” Man cannot be the centre of the theological universe, he is altogether too insignificant a being to occupy such a position, and the scheme of redemption must exist for some other end than that of merely making man happy, or even of making him holy. The salvation of man must surely be first of all for the glory of God; and you have discovered the right form of Christian doctrine when you have found the system that has God in the centre, ruling and controlling according to the good pleasure of his will. Do not dwarf man so as to make it appear that God has no care for him; for if you do that, you slander God. Give to man the position that God has assigned to him; by doing so, you will have a system of theology in which all the truths of revelation and experience will move in glorious order and harmony around the great central orb, the Divine Sovereign Ruler of the universe, God over all, blessed for ever.
Charles Spurgeon (Letters to My Students)
This morning, I had the privilege of preaching on 1 Pet. 5:10-11. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: We can trust God even in the most difficult times because He is at work in us to bring us to glory by His grace through Jesus Christ.
I had the privilege this morning of preaching on 1 Peter 5:8-9. What follows is a summary of my sermon in the space of one sentence: While we can live carefree lives based on God’s promise, we should never be careless, but should rather be careful.
Preachers can’t possibly fit into our sermons all the material we come across during the week as we study and prepare. What follows is an just such an example.
I preached on 1 Peter 5:5-7 last Sunday as part of a week-by-week exposition through the entire book. “You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” (Emphasis added)
Obviously, humility is an important part of what Peter wrote. Here are a few other things the Bible says about humility:
- It’s necessary to the service of God – “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)
- Jesus is the perfect example – “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matt. 11:29)
- Those with humility enjoy the presence of God – “For thus says the high and exalted One who lives forever, whose name is Holy, ‘I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit in order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.” (Isa. 57:15)
- It comes before honor – “The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom, and before honor comes humility.” (Prov. 15:33)
- Christians should put it on – “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (Col. 3:12)
- Christians should walk in it (or live in it) – “Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance to one another in love.” (Eph. 4:1-2)
- Christians should beware of false humility – “Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement (or, humility) and the worship of angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind.” (Col. 2:18) “These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement (or, humility) and sever treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence.” (Col. 2:23)
- Can be produced by affliction – “He (God) humbled you and let you be hungry, and fed you with manna which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you understand that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD.” (Deut. 8:2)
- The humble are regarded highly by God – “‘For My hand made all these things, thus all these things came into being,’ declares the LORD. ‘But to this one I will look, to Him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.” (Isa. 66:2)
I had the privilege of preaching on 1 Peter 5:5-7 this morning. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: Christians wear the clothes of humility by being humble with church leaders (and those who are older), each other, and God.