Strangers in a Strange Land:
“Called to Active Duty”
1 Pet 4:7-11
Three Aspects of our Duty:
1. The Motivation for Duty!
- Christ's return is imminent and could occur at any moment: Jam 5:8
- Jesus taught that his return would be imminent: Mt. 24:37-39
- Our motivation comes from knowing that we will be accountable at any moment: Luke 12:35-40
- Here is what we know: Acts 1:6-8; 11
2. The Instructions for Duty
Three Areas of Instruction:
1) Our Attitude: Heavenly perspective!
- Clear minded and self-controlled implies that we are in our right mind. We are under control and not carried away with error or emotion: 2Cor 10:5
- You have to understand God’s plan in order to pray effectively: Mt. 6:10
2) Relationships: Love Deeply
- “Above all” emphasizes the supreme importance of love in the Christian life: Mt. 22:37-40
- Peter is again repeating this command: 1 Pet 1:22
- Our love is not sentimental but sacrificial:1Jn 3:16
- Peter is thinking of Proverbs 10:12
- We learn to forgive: Mt. 18:21-22
- Love is about action: Rom 12:13
- Hospitality is a key characteristic of the true believer; Jesus identifies his sheep: Mt. 25:35-36
3) Responsibilities: Faithful Stewardship
- The steward was the person in a household (often a slave) who was responsible for managing the householder’s business and property, including providing what was needed for the family members, slaves, and hired laborers: Luke 12:42
- We all have been gifted (grace) for service: Rom 12:4-8 also 1 Cor.12
- There are many forms of the gifts all with a function: Eph 4:11-13
- Speaking gifts are never about human opinion, but about the very words of God: Rom 3:2 The Word of God!
- Serving gifts are to be exercised not by human power but by God’s strength: Phil 4:13
3. The Purpose of our Duty: Glorify God!
- Do it all for God’s glory: 1Cor. 10:31
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