May 9, 2021

If you would see good days…

Bible Text: 1 Peter 3:8-12 |

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We need some good days to look forward to, right church? Let’s admit to ourselves that representing Jesus in a world that opposes his work is tiring. The lockdown makes everything harder. In places where tension between the church and government has increased, it may be difficult to recall the last time you had an easy moment as a believer. Let’s face it, the social/political struggles find their way into our lives even if we do our best to avoid them. Do you long for a sense of ease and peace to return to your life? I have longed for that. I think I’m craving it. I need a good day. 1 Peter 3:8-12 reminds us of the promise of good days to come. He tells us how to bring that promise into the situations where we struggle with people while we represent Christ. I look forward to helping apply his teaching or our lives.

Sermon Notes

If you would see good days…
Dwayne Francois
1 Peter 3:8-12

If you are tired of the struggle with people and want to see good days…

1. Be in love with God’s people (1 Peter 3:8)

τέλος telos; from a primary τέλλω tellō (to set out for a definite point or goal); properly, the point aimed at as a limit

5 tension relieving expressions of uncommon community

- Agreement (intentional cooperation)

- Sympathy (no emotional isolation)

- Goodwill (mutual peace, support, trust)

- Affection (emotional vulnerability, obvious fondness)

- Humility (willing to be low, least, last)

2. Stop retaliating over offenses (1 Pete 3:9a,10-12; 1 Peter 2:21-23)

3. Bless the world because of your calling (1 Peter 3:9b; 1 Peter 2:9-10)

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” 1 Peter 2:9-10

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”- Frederick Buechner