“THEREFORE #3: BE LIKE CHRIST !” (1 Pet. 4:1)
1-2 Peter Series Message #4, Part 4
FBC Earlville 3-1-15 10:30 AM Rev. J.B. Stopford, Pastor
INTRODUCTION Today’s Special: “A Farmer Funny”
A man owned a small farm in south Georgia. The Wage and Hour Department suspected he was not paying proper wages to his help and sent an agent to interview him.
Agent: “You just give me a list of your employees and tell me how much you
Farmer: “All right. I have a hired man. Been with me for three years. I pay
him $600 a week, plus room and board. I have a cook. She’s been here six
months. She gets $500 a week plus room and board.”
Agent (scribbling on note pad): “Anybody else?”
Farmer: “Yeah, there’s a half-wit here. Works about eighteen hours a day. I
pay him ten dollars a week and give him chewing tobacco.”
Agent: “Aha! I want to talk to that half-wit!”
Farmer: “You’re talkin’ to him.”
Read 4:1 Why is this “therefore” there for?
We can live a life not dominated by sin (4:1) because of His Precious blood (1:19) A life not dominated by sin has nailed sin to the cross on which He suffered. BECAUSE Christ is our living cornerstone of our lives, and BECAUSE we are to be surrendered to those God has placed to rule over us, and BECAUSE husbands and wives are to be surrendered to the Lord and to each other – THEREFORE we are to be like Christ. Today we look at the 4th reason: we are to suffer for doing good. We will look at this passage (3:8-22) by highlighting 3 simple points. PRAYER
# 1 A QUOTE (3:10-12) Note (v. 8) that we are to live in Harmony with each other. Our choices are limited. I checked – there is a Harmony in California, Florida, Minnesota, or New Mexico! No, no, no! Peter wants us to live in harmony with each OTHER in our CHURCH. To prove his point, Peter quotes from Psalm 34 (read select verses BEFORE and AFTER the quote from verses 12-16, and note the last part of Ps. 34:16, “to cut off the memory of them from the earth.”) The Lord hungers for the righteous to fear Him alone, to know Him, and to walk with Him. The theme of Scripture is found once again in 1 Peter 3. Note v. 9 – this is your inheritance!
# 2 A DEFENSE (3:15)
(a) Jesus is Lord of your life
(b) be ready to give a defense (“answer) for your hope
(c) do that courteously and respectfully
#3 A PLEDGE (3:18-22, 4:1) Peter takes us from what we know (v. 18 – Jesus death, burial, and resurrection) to an application we might not have expected (He through Noah preached to the dead [those who had no hope] – an example of God’s LONGSUFFERING). WHY? So that we will PLEDGE to have a good conscience toward God (v. 21), because we share God’s LONGSUFFERING with everyone!
A quote (God hungers for the righteous to fear Him); A defense (God hungers for the righteous to share their hope courteously and respectfully – but in order to do that, we must first of all HAVE a hope!) and a pledge (God hungers that we share His longsuffering with everyone)!
THEREFORE (4:1) “For whoever has suffered in the flesh [having the mind of Christ] is done with [intentional] sin [has stopped pleasing himself and the world, and pleases God]” (Amplified Version). Be like Christ!
CLOSE IN PRAYER