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Craving The Word

When we are born again into Jesus Christ, we are newborn spiritual babies who need nourishment. Newborns cannot handle a hearty meal of steak and potatoes. They need milk. Peter says this is true of infant Christians. He writes:

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. – 1 Peter 2:2-3 (NIV)

When we come to faith in Christ, we need to start off by learning the basics of doctrine through the study of God’s Word. We need people in our lives who will share with us the basic truths of the Bible so that we will mature and be able to handle more difficult tenets of the faith. Eventually, we need to get to the point when we can feed ourselves by studying the Word. Until then, we need to be fed. Once we mature, though, we need to learn to pick up a spoon and feed ourselves so that we will mature beyond infancy.

How We Treat Others

Good Wednesday morning to you! At the end of 1 Peter 1, the apostle Peter says that we have been born again. This means that, through Jesus, we have been mad new through the living Word of God. So how are we to then live? Peter writes:

Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. – 1 Peter 2:1 (NIV)

These character traits that we are to rid ourselves of have to do with how we treat other people. Malice is ill-intent toward others. Deceit is lying to others. Hypocrisy is trying to fool others into believing you’re something that you’re not. Envy is wanting what others have. Slander is trying to ruin another’s reputation. If we truly love one another deeply from the heart, we will not treat one another in these ways. We’ll treat them the way that we want to be treated. We will sincerely love them like Jesus loves them.

The Living Word Of God

God’s Word has the power to change lives. It is through the message of the Word of God that we hear and believe and are born again. Peter wrote:

For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
24 For,
“All people are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”And this is the word that was preached to you. – 1 Peter 1:23-25 (NIV)

Though we may only live temporarily here on earth, God’s Word endures. It reaches generation after generation with the good news of Jesus Christ. Though we may never fully grasp the entire scope of its meaning, we can understand its basic message. There is a God who created us and loves us and wants to spend forever with us. He went to extreme lengths to make salvation possible by sacrificing His only Son on a Roman cross and raising Him from the dead. This salvation is a gift of His grace and is for every man, woman and child on this planet. He has entrusted His people with this message and we must preach it to the ends of the earth until everyone hears about Jesus and His love.

Fear Of What God Is Asking Me To Do

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This is from our series, “Fear Not,” which is based on the series of the same name from Life.Church in Oklahoma. This message is based on Luke 1:26-38.


Love From The Heart

There is no better way to define the message of Christianity than in a single word: love. The very last command Jesus gave His followers was to love one another. He summed up three years of teaching with this one command. The apostle John and the apostle Peter both reiterated this command in their letters. Peter wrote:

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. – 1 Peter 1:22 (NIV)

When we obey the truth of Jesus’ message, we have true, unconditional love for each other. Peter wants us to take it a step further. We are to love each other deeply and from the heart. We bear each other’s burdens. We serve one another in love. We sincerely forgive one another and we don’t hold grudges. We pray with and for one another. Love is not optional for the followers of Jesus. It is a result of a life transformed by the love of Christ.

Hope And Faith In God

God the Father chose His Son, Jesus, to be the One who would save humanity from our sins. In His infinite knowledge, He knew that Jesus would save us when the time was right. Peter wrote:

He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. – 1 Peter 1:20-21 (NIV)

God the Father raised the Son from the dead and through Jesus has made faith in God possible. Our faith is based on this incredible event – the Resurrection of Jesus. Our hope is based on the Resurrection. Without it, our faith is futile and our hope is dead. But we have a living hope because we have a risen Savior! He’s alive and we who put our trust in Him for forgiveness will be raised from the dead as well. This is our hope…

Redeemed By The Blood

Our salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus did not cost material things. We cannot buy it. In those days, people were redeemed by monetary payment. Prisoners of war were ransomed with silver and gold. Freedom for slaves was purchased with money. Our freedom did not cost Jesus money. It cost Him his life.

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. – 1 Peter 1:18-19 (NIV)

Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, never sinned in any way. This is why He was a perfect, pleasing sacrifice to God the Father. He paid the price that we could never pay. Now we are redeemed and we are free.

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