22
Nov
17

The Prophets’ Jealousy

Good Wednesday morning to you! Peter, in talking about our salvation that comes by grace through faith in Jesus, says that the Old Testament prophets were longing to see the day that the Messiah would fulfill their words. He wrote:​​

Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care,11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. – 1 Peter 1:10-11 (NIV)

The Holy Spirit predicted not only the sufferings of the Messiah, Jesus, but also predicted His glorious resurrection, ascension and exaltation. We should be thanking and praising the Lord that we have received this salvation. The prophets longed to experience what we have experienced. So give thanks to God that though you were once lost, now you’ve been found and though you were blind, now you see.
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21
Nov
17

Because Of Faith

Why do we believe in God’s existence in and in His love? Why do we worship Him? Why do we trust Jesus for salvation? There is a goal to our faith. The Apostle Peter wrote:

Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. – 1 Peter 1:8-9 (NIV)

Though we have never seen God, we have felt the effects of faith in Him. When we come to faith in Christ, the Holy Spirit of God fills us with joy. Joy comes from knowing and serving Jesus. Faith leads to joy and faith leads to Heaven. That’s the goal of our faith – eternal life. Let’s face it, life is hard. Faith is hard, too. We believe in a God we cannot see and in His Son, whom we have never met. Yet, when we gather with like-minded believers, the joy is real. When God’s Spirit does what He does, the joy is glorious. I’ve seen lives transformed and tears of joy streaming down faces of the most unlikely of people. It’s because of faith.
20
Nov
17

Next Level: Giving

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on 2 Corinthians 9:6-15.

20
Nov
17

The Purpose Of Trials

We often wonder why we have to go through the things we go through in life. Whether it is trials of persecution or tests of our faith, we try to understand what the purpose is behind them. This is something people have wondered about for centuries. Peter tells us the purpose of our trials. He wrote:

These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. – 1 Peter 1:7 (NIV)

The trials of persecution and the tests of our faith prove it to be genuine and real. It’s easy to say, “I believe” when life is easy. It is much harder to stand up for what you believe in when the going gets rough. The trials of life and the tests of our faith are the crucible in which our faith is refined. When we come through the trials and the tests, we discover that our faith is more pure, deeper and stronger than ever before. Don’t let the trials and tests destroy your faith. Instead, hold on to Jesus knowing that He is holding on to you.
17
Nov
17

Rejoicing In Trials

Peter wrote his first letter to a persecuted church. He told them about the inheritance that awaited them in Heaven. He told them that no matter what trials and tests of their faith may have come, nothing could take their inheritance away. This inheritance was their reason for joy. Peter continued:

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. – 1 Peter 1:6 (NIV)

The promises of God are our reason for joy. If we face trials of various kinds that test our faith, we can still have joy. Joy is different than happiness. No one is happy about trials and tests, but they can be a reason for joy. Happiness usually depends on circumstances. Joy depends on our Savior. Circumstances change, Jesus doesn’t. His love and our hope are eternal. Whatever trial or circumstance you’re going through, it can change for better or worse. Jesus won’t change on you, though. Your hope is secure.
16
Nov
17

The Inheritance

By God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ, we are promised an inheritance in Heaven. This is what Peter wrote:

This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. – 1 Peter 1:4b-5 (NIV)

Our faith does two amazing things. First, it makes us children of God. After all, who gets an inheritance? Those who are children! If our promised inheritance comes from God, it must mean that we are His children. Second, our faith protects us. No matter what comes our way, our inheritance is protected by God’s power until Christ’s return. Nothing and no one can take your inheritance away because through faith you are a child of God. God won’t change the rules of the game on you. You are saved by grace and made a child of God by grace. So persevere through the trials and tests of life and know that your inheritance awaits you in Heaven.
15
Nov
17

A Living Hope

According to the Apostle Peter, the resurrection of Jesus gave us two things: a new birth and an inheritance. He writes:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. – 1 Peter 1:3-​4a​ (NIV)

This new birth and inheritance are given to us by God’s mercy through the resurrection of Jesus. The resurrection of Jesus from the dead means that our hope is real. Our hope is alive because Jesus is alive! The hope we have is not some wish or a dream. It is real and it will not die or fade away. For nearly 2,000 years Christians have held on to this hope that we have in the resurrected Savior, Jesus Christ. If you feel like you’re at the end of your rope and at the end of your hope, know that Jesus is alive and because He is alive, you have a living hope in Him.



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