The End Is Here (18 of 20) by Richard Laue

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The End Is Here (18 of 20)
Richard Laue
I Peter 4:7-11
June 22, 1997

Peter covers almost everything in this brief Epistle.

Salvation
Sanctification
Service
Submission
Suffering

He said to these elect pilgrims of the Dispersion who were in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, and Bithynia ...

"You better understand salvation and know you are saved. "

"You better be sanctified and set apart unto the Lord."

"You better know what it is to serve."

"You better submit to those that are over you in the Lord."

"You better get ready because you are going to be suffering." There is more about suffering in I Peter than in any other place in the Bible.

The last message we considered was, "SUFFERING IN THE FLESH." If you don't believe there is suffering in the church, pick up a Prayer Sheet, take it home, get down on your knees, and pray through that sheet, and you will see, feel, and know there is pain, grief, failure, and suffering in the church, this church.

We are not a bunch of successful, on-top-of-it Christians. Most of us are beat up, strung out, failing believers. We have "everlasting life," but our daily life is often in shambles. We "got it," but we don't know how to live it. Of all the people in this church, I am one of the most miserable, disobedient and often failing people I know. You can rest assured that there is one person in this church that won't judge you. It's me! Why? (I won't judge you.) Because I have judgment beating on my door every day of my life. Doesn't the Bible say, "Judgment begins at the house of God?" I can't judge you because I got more now than I can handle, and if I take on judging you or someone else, all I get is a bigger dose.

Now right in the middle of this, Peter tosses in the Second Coming ...

Salvation
Sanctification
Service
Submission
Suffering
and now
(the) Second Coming.

Peter begins this section by saying, "The end of all things is at hand." That means any time, any day. This is the cons ...


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