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The Power of Trust (2 of 4)
Series: The Temple Of Power
1 Peter 3:8-3:22
OPEN: Little Johnny was walking down the beach, and he spied a matronly woman sitting under a beach umbrella on the sand. He walked up to her and asked, "Are you a Christian?"
"Yes." she replied.
"Do you read your Bible every day?"
She nodded her head, "Yes."
"Do you pray often?" Little Johnny asked next, and again she answered, "Yes."
With that he asked his final question, "Will you hold my quarter while I go swimming?"
APPLY: That little boy believed that ONLY a woman who was a Christian would be trustworthy. He wasn't willing to entrust his quartet with anyone else. Why would that boy believe that? Perhaps it was because that's what he'd been taught… or because that was what he had observed.
I. In I Peter 3:16, we find Peter telling us that we need to be sure that this what the world needs to see and needs to believe about us.
Look again with me at verses 15 and 16:
"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience…" (WHY???) "…so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." (1 Peter 3:15-16)
In other words, we should live our lives in such a way that even wicked men will know they can trust us with their quarters.
How do I know what kind of life I should live? Well, Peter gives us a whole laundry list of the behavior that we need to exhibit:
* Live in harmony with each other (vs. 8)
* Be sympathetic (vs. 8)
* Love as brothers (vs. 8)
* Be compassionate (vs. 8)
* Be humble (vs. 8)
* Don't repay insults with insults but with blessing (vs. 9)
* Turn from evil and do good (vs. 11)
* Always be prepared with an answer for the reason you live as you do (vs. 16)
ILLUS: A man by the name of William Willimon remembered th ...
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