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HOW TO EXPERIENCE THE BLESSINGS OF GOD (1 of 7)
HOW TO ENJOY THE BLESSINGS OF GOD
1 Peter 3:8-9
April 21, 2002
INTRODUCTION: The context of 1 Peter is literally how
to experience the best blessings in the worst of time.
In Chapter 2, Peter taught that living successfully as
a Christian in a hostile world would require relating
properly in the civil society (13-17) and the work
place (18-25). Then, in Chapter 3, he added the
family (1-7), and now the local church (8-9). Verses
8 and 9 give a summary of the qualities that we should
express in our relationship with every person who
comes into our lives. There are five admonitions in
v.8 that, when heeded, present an ideal portrait of
I. PERSONAL CHALLENGE TO THE CHURCH. 8
WHAT WE ARE TO HAVE:
A. SAME MIND. 8a
"finally" - does not indicate the conclusion of the
letter, but the conclusion of the exhortation to the
"all of you be of the same mind" - cannot be pressed
to refer to minute details, but refers to a unity on
the major and important points of Christian doctrine
and practice that should be maintained among members
of the Body of Christ.
"live in harmony with one another" - harmonious
fellowship of the church. Does Peter mean that all
Christians have to think in the same manner?
No, not quite. I realize that often there might be
differences of opinion in peripheral matters, but this
should not keep us from "being of the same mind."
I believe when we are governed by the mind of Christ,
our differences do not divide but can rather enrich
Romans 12:16, "Be of the same mind toward one another.
Do not set your mind on high things, but associate
with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion."
"to be impartial" is the thought.
Romans 2:11, "For there is no partiality with God."
"partiality" - to receive a face; that is, to give
consideration to someone simpl ...
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