Istrouma Baptist Church Podcast (living hope)

The Bible is full of paradoxes.  The first shall be last.  The last shall be first.  To receive, we give.  To live, we die.  The greatest is the servant of all.  In humbling ourselves we are exalted.  The way up is down.

 

1 Peter 5:1-7 drives home some of these paradoxes.  If we are willing to serve—to put others first, God will bless that attitude and our lives will be better for it.

 

This spirit of humility is the theme that Peter emphasizes for the relationships that we are to have in the family of God.  Our model in it all is Jesus—the One who perfectly models the truth that the way up . . . is down.

 

What a great message as we approach the Christmas season!  What a motive for Thanksgiving!  He humbled himself and became obedient to the point of dying on the cross.  In doing so God exalted Him and gave Him the name that is above every name.  At that name we are saved.

 

Let’s follow Him as we descend into greatness.

 

Living Hope

“How to Defeat Our Defeated Foe”

1 Peter 5:8-11

 

  1. Adversary in the battle

Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).

 

  1. Our enemy is devious
  2. Our enemy is destructive
  1. Advice for the battle

Be sober-minded; be watchful. . . . Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world (1 Peter 5:8-9).

 

  1. Be guarded
  2. Be grounded
  1. Ally in the battle

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen (1 Peter 5:10-11).

 

  1. He gives grace
  2. He gives glory

 

 

Direct download: IBC_20161127.mp3
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Living Hope

“How to Defeat Our Defeated Foe”

1 Peter 5:8-11

 

  1. Adversary in the battle

Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).

 

  1. Our enemy is devious
  2. Our enemy is destructive
  1. Advice for the battle

Be sober-minded; be watchful. . . . Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world (1 Peter 5:8-9).

 

  1. Be guarded
  2. Be grounded
  1. Ally in the battle

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen (1 Peter 5:10-11).

 

  1. He gives grace
  2. He gives glory
Direct download: IBC_20161120.mp3
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Living Hope

“Make the Rest of Your Time the Best of Your Time”

1 Peter 4:1-11

 

  1. Cease from sin

Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin” (1 Peter 4:1).

 

  1. He gives us armor
  2. He holds us accountable
  1. Commit to service

So as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God” (1 Peter 4:2).

 

  1. By reaching upward
  2. By reaching outward
  1. Celebrate the savior

“Whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 4:11).

 

  1. He is our strength
  2. He is our sovereign
Direct download: IBC_20161106.mp3
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Living Hope

“Life Is Good”

1 Peter 3:8-22

 

  1. Right relationships
    1. With our community
    2. With our critics
  2. Right ruler
    1. He can be open
    2. He can be opposed
  3. Right response
    1. Be ready
    2. Be respectful
Direct download: IBC_20161023.mp3
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Marriage.  It’s made in heaven but it’s lived on earth!  And there’s the rub.  Moonlight and kisses have a way of becoming daylight and dishes. 

 

Fortunately, God has given us counsel in His word to guide us in our marriages.  1 Peter 3:1-7 is a key passage chock-full of reliable counsel for couples.  Let’s pray that this Sunday will be a real shot in the arm for our families.

 

Living Hope

“Marriage: Made in Heaven but Lived on Earth”

1 Peter 3:1-7

 

  1. Wisdom for Wives
    1. Basic instructions
      1. Have the right attitude
      2. Have the right actions
  • Have the right adornment
  1. Big impact
  1. Help for Husbands
    1. Basic instructions
      1. Be committed
      2. Be considerate
  • Be courteous
  1. Big impact
Direct download: IBC_20161016.mp3
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What is God’s purpose for His people?  That is what we will explore in Sunday’s message.  In short, “our purpose as God’s people” includes:

 

  1. God-honoring communication
  2. God-honoring conduct
  3. God-honoring consequence

 

 

Living Hope

“Our Purpose As God’s People”

1 Peter 2:9-2:25

 

  1. God-honoring communication
    1. Has the right theme
    2. Has the right target
  2. God-honoring conduct
    1. Requires abstention
    2. Requires action
  3. God-honoring consequences
    1. The nations will witness grace
    2. The nations will worship God

 

Direct download: IBC_20161009.mp3
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Living Hope

“The Living Word”

1 Peter 1:23-2:10

 

  1. The nature of the living word
    1. It is life-giving
    2. It is living
  2. The nurture of the living word
    1. Stop some things
    2. Start some things
  3. The nation of the living word
    1. Our description
    2. Our duty
Direct download: IBC_20160925.mp3
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Living Hope

“The Commands of Our Calling”

1 Peter 1:13-22

 

  1. Be hopeful
    1. Have the right outlook
    2. Have the right object
  2. Be holy
    1. The requirement to be holy
    2. The reasons to be holy
  3. Be harmonious
    1. Love passionately
    2. Love purely
Direct download: IBC_20160918.mp3
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