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Living the Good Life

1 Peter 3:8-22. Peter explained that “living the good life” is about “living the right life.”

I.  LIVING THE GOOD LIFE

A. The right attitudes (1 Pet 3:8-9; 1:35; Matt 6:14-15)
B. The right hope (1 Pet 3:10-12; Psa 34:1-22; 2 Tim 4:6-8)
C. The right perspective (1 Pet 3:13-14)
D. The right response (1 Pet 3:15-16)
E. The right purpose (1 Pet 3:17-18)

II.  (1 Peter 3:19)

A. Christ’s victory over death (1 Pet 3:18; Col 2:9-15; Eph 1:21-22)
B. “Spirits now in prison” (Who? (?) All have bowed or will bow to Jesus; Phil 2:9-11)

III.  (1 Peter 3:20-22)

A. Immutable God:
1. Waiting for our repentance (2 Pet 3:9)
2. Condemning the disobedient (2 Pet 3:3-7; Matt 24:37-39)
3. Sparing the obedient (1 Pet 3:21-22)

B. Flood and baptism:
1. Washes away evil (Acts 22:16; Rom 6:3-4)
2. Saves the obedient (1 Pet 3:21)
3. Marks a new beginning (2 Cor 5:17)

To live the good life,we must have a proper attitude, and we must sanctify Christ as Lord in our hearts, and we must accept the salvation that God is offering to all.

Living as Sojourners

1 Peter 2:1-25. Sojourners or aliens (exiles) in a foreign country need to know how to conduct themselves in their surroundings. For the Christian, it’s not the customs of the world that are important, but rather how we should relate to them as the people of God. That’s the issue Peter addresses in this letter.

I.   LIVING as NEWBORN BABES

A. Growing or Dying (1 Pet 1:22 – 1 Pet 2:1-3)
1. Different longings (Matt 4:4)
2. Different tastes (Heb 6:4-6)

II.   LIVING as LIVING STONES

A. Coming to Christ (1 Pet 2:4-6)
1. Precious One (1 Pet 1:7, 18-19; 2:4; 3:4, 7)
2. Eternal One (Matt 16:16)
3. House of God (Acts 15:14-18)

B. Precious Christ (1 Pet 2:7-8)
1. Value to believers (new birth, living hope, eternal inheritance, salvation, redemption)
2. Doom to disbelievers (Psa 118:22; Isa 8:15-22)

III.   LIVING as THE PEOPLE OF GOD

A. Proclaim His Excellencies (1 Pet 2:9-10)
1. Preaching, teaching, singing, praying
2. Excellent behavior (1 Pet 2:11-12)
3. Submitting to authorities (1 Pet 2:13-17)
4. Submitting to superiors (1 Pet 2:18-20)
5. Submitting in marriage (1 Pet 3:1-7)
6. Submitting to the Pattern (1 Pet 2:21-25)

When you obey the gospel of Christ, you begin proclaiming the excellencies of God.
Jesus was a pattern for us. He was willing to die to keep that pattern intact.

Minds Prepared for Action

1 Peter 1:1-25. The apostle Peter was writing to a people that could understand the cost of standing for truth much better we can (1 Peter 1:6; 3:14; 4:12; 5:9). 1 Peter is very relevant to us.

I.   ADDRESSEES

A. Chosen Sojourners (1 Pet 1:12)
B. Dispersed Sojourners (1 Pet 1:2)

1. All Christians (1 Pet 2:9-10)
2. Watchful Christians (Rev 22:20; Matt 24:42; Phil 3:20)

II.   CHOSEN SOJOURNERS: How? Why?

A. God and The Spirit (1 Pet 1:2)
B. Born again to a Living Hope (1 Pet 1:2)
C. Obedience, Sprinkling, Grace (1 Pet 1:2, 18-19; cf. Exo 24:7-8)

1. For hope, inheritance, heaven (1 Pet 1:3-4)
2. For protection by faith (1 Pet 1:5)
3. For rejoicing in trials (1 Pet 1:6-9)
4. For understanding and salvation (1 Pet 1:10-12; cf. Dan 8:27)

III.   OBJECTIVE

A. Minds prepared to act (1 Pet 1:13)

1. Sober in spirit (1 Pet 1:13)
2. Fixed in hope (1 Pet 1:13; cf. Heb 12:2)
3. Obedient like children (1 Pet 1:14; cf. 1:2, 22)
4. Holy like God (1 Pet 1:15-16; cf. Heb 12:14)
5. Reverent to God (1 Pet 1:17)
6. Futile earthly inheritances (1 Pet 1:18-19)
7. Knowing eternal redemption (1 Pet 1:19-21)
8. Purify your soul (1 Pet 1:22)
9. Sincerity of love (1 Pet 1:22)

– Proof of new birth (1 Pet 1:23)
– Futility of no love (1 Cor 13:1-3)
– Example of Jesus (John 13:34-35)
– Time is short (1 Pet 1:24-25)

Repent, Return and Be Refreshed

In every case of conversion, a change occurred, but in some cases the change was more apparent. Since change is what God expects in us (Rom 8:28-30; 12:1-2), what must we do to change? And, how can we help to change others too?

I.        CHARACTERS (Acts 3:1-3)

  • Victory: Peter and John (Acts 2:14-47 — Joel 2:28-32; Isa 2:1-4; Dan 2:44-45)
  • Defeat: Lame beggar (Luke 16:19-31; Mark 10:46-52)

II.        A CASE OF CHANGE

  • Focus: Name of Jesus Christ (Acts 3:4–6; — 2 Tim 2:14; 1 Cor 2:1-2)
  • Rely: Power of Jesus Christ (Acts 3:7–11)
  • Trust: Gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 3:12-26 — Rom 1:16; 1 Cor 1:21)

III.        HOW TO CHANGE

  • Yourself: Stay alert to your greatest need (salvation, focus, rely, trust)
  • Others: Stay alert to their needs (body and spirit)

Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).

“Therefore, repent and return [be converted], so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19).

Prayer Is…Many Things

Through prayer we maintain a sense of dependence on God. Prayer is something we must be taught to do, and we need continual reminders to pray and to refine our abilities to pray. We should greatly desire to approach God in the manner – and with the words – that He longs to hear from us.

GOD-CENTERED

A. He is emphasized (Psalm 105:1–5)
B. He is approached (1 Tim 6:15–16; Heb 4:14-16)

MAN-BENDING

A. Yielding to His word (John 15:7)
B. Yielding to His will (1 John 5:14)
C. Yielding to His discipline (Psalm 143:7–10)

COMMUNICATION

A. A heart’s desire (Romans 10:1)
B. A friend with friend (Jas 2:23)
C. A parent with child (John 3:1)

WORK

A. Laboring with Christ (Matt 12:30)
B. Laboring with the church (Rom 15:30; Col 4:12; Acts 12:5)
C. Laboring like Christ (Mark 1:35; 14:32-32; 22:31-32; John 17:20-21)

WARFARE

A. Fighting with power (Eph 6:10–17)
B. Fighting with persistence (Eph 6:18)
C. Fighting with the Commander (Heb 2:9-11)