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Rejoicing in Sorrow

Some people try to explain unhappy events as proof that God is not good. But His word helps us accept sorrow by teaching us to rejoice anyway (Rom 12:12). God can and will use unhappy times to help us rejoice (Gen 50:20; Rom 8:28; 5:17; Phil 4:4).

I. THE SERIOUSNESS OF SIN

A. Adam’s warning (Gen 2:17)
B. Mankind’s warning (Rom 1:18)
C. Rejoicing: obedience (Rom 1:16; Acts 8:8, 39; 16:34)

II. THE CERTAINTY OF GOD’S PROMISES

A. Positive ones (Acts 2:38; 1 John 1:9; 2:25; Col 1:5; 1 Pet 5:7; Heb 4:16).
B. Negative ones (Rom 6:23)
C. Rejoicing: eternal life, salvation (Heb 5:8-9; 9:28)

III. TO SEE GOD’S GLORY & TO GLORIFY HIS SON

A. Jesus waited (John 11:6)
B. Jesus promised: resurrection & life (John 11:25-26)
C. Jesus promised: see the glory of God (John 11:40)
D. Jesus raised (John 11:43)
E. Rejoicing: belief (John 11:45)

IV. INVESTMENT IN HEAVEN

A. Treasures in Heaven (Matt 9:19-21)
B. Asleep in Jesus (1 Thess 4:14)
C. Rejoicing: baptism (Rom 6:6-10, 4)

For the Christian, sorrow is NOT dreadful!
A time of rejoicing will follow

“Revive Us – Again!”

A resolution is a firm decision to do or to not do something. Resolutions are about beginning something new, or starting over again; and it’s always easier to have a resolution than to finish it. It takes fire in the soul to keep one’s resolve, and sometimes that fire can burn out. God revived David many times in his life (Psalm 28:6–9). Do we need reviving? Does our faith need rekindling? The consequence of neglect is devastating (cf. Ecc 10:18).

I. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE FIRE GOES OUT?

A. Worship is neglected (John 4:23-24)
B. Compassion is absent (Matt 9:11-13, 36)
C. Holiness is abandoned (Rom 12:1; 1 Pet 2:5, 9)
D. Faith is defeated (1 Tim 1:18; 6:12; 2 Tim 4:7)

II. WHAT WILL SMOTHER THE FIRE?

A. Self-satisfied (Rev 3:17)
B. Hopelessness (1 Cor 15:57–58)
C. Apathetic people (Num 13:30–31; Matt 15:8; Luke 12:1)
D. No fear of judgment (2 Cor 5:10; Mark 9:40-48)
E. Insufficient love for Christ (Eph 5:25-27; Jer 2:1-3; Rev 2:1-4)

1. I don’t attend the Bible classes
2. I neglect the assemblies
3. I make excuses
4. I don’t’ bring a Bible to building
5. I don’t hunger for God’s word every day
6. I don’t read God’s word for transformation, just information
7. I don’t sing out, or sing at all
8. I am not moved by the hymns
9. My thoughts are consumed with this world
10. I don’t look forward to being with the church
11. I would I rather be somewhere else today
12. I complain about church members/leadership
13. I don’t try to encourage anyone
14. I don’t pray that often
15. I have no goals for spiritual growth
16. I am not indignant when God’s name is used in vain
17. I am amused by the sins that crucified Jesus
18. I’ve never taught the gospel to anyone
19. I’ve never started a spiritual conversation
20. I don’t spend any time thinking of Heaven

III. WHAT WILL REVIVE THE FIRE? (Rev 2:4–5)

A. Remember: relive the memories and emotions
B. Repent: get back to basics, quickly
C. Repeat: the deeds you did at first

“The cross is a blazing fire at which our heart is kindled,
but we have to get near enough to it to catch a spark.”

Rekindled the fire in Your heart with love for Christ.
Our Father is willing to salvage any relationship.
Be intense and intentional in turning to Him (Malachi 3:7)

Rejoicing in Hope

Some people try to explain unhappy events as proof that God is not good. But His word helps us accept sorrow by teaching us to rejoice anyway (Rom 12:12). God can and will use unhappy times to help us rejoice (Gen 50:20; Rom 8:28; 5:17; Phil 4:4).

I. SERIOUSNESS OF SIN

A. Adam’s warning (Gen 2:17)
B. Mankind’s warning (Rom 1:18)
C. Rejoicing in hope: obedience (Rom 1:16; Acts 8:8, 39; 16:34)

II. CERTAINTY OF GOD’S PROMISES

A. Positive ones (Acts 2:38; 1 John 1:9; 2:25; Col 1:5; 1 Pet 5:7; Heb 4:16).
B. Negative ones (Rom 6:23)
C. Rejoicing in hope: eternal life, salvation (Heb 5:8-9; 9:28)

III. SEE GOD’S GLORY & GLORIFY HIS SON

A. Jesus waited (John 11:6)
B. Jesus promised: resurrection & life (John 11:25-26)
C. Jesus promised: see the glory of God (John 11:40)
D. Jesus raised (John 11:43)
E. Rejoicing in hope: belief (John 11:45)

IV. INVESTMENT IN HEAVEN

A. Treasures in Heaven (Matt 9:19-21)
B. Asleep in Jesus (1 Thess 4:14)
C. Rejoicing in hope: baptism (Rom 6:6-10, 4)

For the Christian, sorrow is NOT dreadful!
A time of rejoicing will follow!

Humble Yourselves in the Sight of the Lord

1 Peter 5. 1 Peter reminds us that we are temporary residents here with duties to perform in the name of Jesus Christ and to the glory of God – and that we must do so in the face of resistance and persecution. Peter was preparing 1st century saints, as us, for suffering by holding out the promises of God to those who endure by faith.

I. DUTIES FOR OVERSEERS (1 Pet 5:1–5a)

A. Sharing of oversight (1 Pet 5:1)
B. Attitudes of oversight (1 Pet 5:2-3)
C. Reward of oversight (1 Pet 5:4)
D. Advantage of humility (1 Pet 5:5)

[All Christians should face their suffering with humility.]

II. REWARDS FOR HUMILITY (1 Pet 5:6–7)

A. Our eventual exaltation (1 Pet 5:6)
B. God’s immediate care (1 Pet 5:7)

[Humility is not passive, nor is it indifferent to suffering.]

III. ORDERS FOR SERVICE (1 Pet 5:8–11)

A. Keep a clear head (1 Pet 5:8)
B. Keep a ready shield (1 Pet 5:9)
C. Keep a true view (1 Pet 5:10-11)

“I know at first hand that the grace of God is more than enough for every demand of the Christian life: that grace is true, ‘the genuine article.’”
So, stand fast in it! (cf. 1 Pet 5:12-14)

Christians are exiles in this world (5:13; 1:1; 2:11); their true home is in heaven.
Greet each other as members of the family of God (5:14)
God’s peace is for all who are in Christ (5:14)

Armed with Purpose

1 Peter 4. Peter begins to show us what it looks like – to triumph over sin, to overcome sin, as Jesus did. But to do so, we must be armed with the same purpose He had.

I. LIVING WHOLLY FOR GOD (1 Pet 4:1-6)

A. Wholly in purpose (1 Pet 4:1-2; cf. 2:18, 24; Rom 6:11-13)

B. Wholly in time (1 Pet 4:3)

C. Wholly in commitment (1 Pet 4:4-6; cf. 2:12)

II. LIVING HEARTLY FOR GOD (1 Pet 4:7–11)

A. Throw yourself into prayer (1 Pet 4:7)

B. Throw yourself into love (1 Pet 4:8; cf. Prov 10:12)

C. Throw yourself into service (1 Pet 4:9-11)

III. SUFFERING CHEERFULLY FOR GOD (1 Pet 4:12–19)

A. In the Name of Christ (1 Pet 4:12-14; cf. Rev 3:10; 1 Pet 3:14-15; Luke 4:18)

B. To the Glory of God (1 Pet 4:15-16)

C. To a Faithful Creator (1 Pet 4:17-19; cf. 1:7; 2 Thess 1:7-9)

Jesus entrusted His life to the Father with confidence in the outcome (Luke 23:46). We can have that same confidence in God if we will “put our lives on deposit” with Him.

He is the faithful Creator: we can depend on Him to care and provide for us