From Hope to Holiness - Part 2 (4 of 7) by Ernest Easley

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From Hope to Holiness
YES .. THERE IS HOPE!
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Peter 1.13-21
August 20, 2006

Now as the preaching begins ... how many of you have never heard a translator translate a Bible message into another language? Wonderful! This is going to be a new experience for you!
It's really very simple. I will preach in English and Pastor Odilion will translate it into Portuguese. So that the message can be understood by everyone here.
Now it may take you a few minutes to get use to this ... but you will. You're going to have stay more focused than usual ... but it will be worth it because God has a word for all us tonight!
Now take God's Word and join me in the New Testament book of hope! And of course I'm talking about the book of 1st Peter as we continue our series of messages under the heading: YES .. THERE IS HOPE.
Peter wrote this letter to the churches that were scattered across modern day Turkey. Because of their being persecuted for being a follower of Jesus Christ ... they scattered throughout Galatia.
They were displaced and discouraged and what they needed was the same thing we need today: Hope! That's what the book of 1st Peter is all about: HOPE! You say, "Is there any hope for me?" There is if you know Jesus! There is if you've been saved! And the reason there is hope for you is because you have been born again to a living hope!
Now because you've been born again to a living hope .. you are to be holy .. set apart from the world ...a distinct person.
Now last Sunday night we discovered that ..
(1) Holiness is the Reason for our Conversion.
God did not save you primarily to make you happy nor for you to go to Heaven one day. God saved you primarily for holiness. He saved you to be set apart unto Him.
Leviticus 20.26, "And you shall be holy to Me, for I the LORD am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine."
God saved you for holiness! We read in Hebrews 12.14 that we are to purs ...


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