The Benefits of Salvation by Marvin D. Patterson

The Benefits of Salvation
Marvin Patterson
1 Peter 2:8-12

Introduction:

Peter is writing to Christians who have been persecuted for their faith. He is trying to encourage each one to remain faithful to the Lord, even in the midst of persecution. As we survey the world today, things have not changed much! As a matter of fact, there may be more persecution of Christians today, than ever before. Listen to these alarming facts:

Far East

2013-07-04 Indonesia: Hundreds of Muslim Radicals Rally Against Church Construction

2013-07-02 Chinese Churches Protest Occupation of Land by Communist Party

Islamic world

2013-07-06 Morsi Supporters Attack Christian Targets in Egypt after Removal of President

2013-07-05 Iranian Pastor Released from Prison

2013-07-05 Catholic Parish Looted in the Aftermath of Egypt's Overthrow of Islamist President

Asia and others

2013-07-06 Street Preacher Arrested in London for Preaching on Sexual Immorality

2013-07-05 Macedonia Sentences Archbishop to 3 Years in Prison

2013-07-05 Radical Buddhists' Persecution of Christians Continues to Intensify in Sri-Lanka

2013-07-05 The Rise of Radical Islam in Tanzania? Experts Speculate Recent Events Could Denote an Alarming Trend

Thank God for our freedoms in this wonderful country as we have just celebrated out independence, and freedom of religion. Our prayer ought to be, "Lord bless this great country, and keep us free to worship you in spirit and in truth.

Last week we introduced a section in this epistle, which described the privileges of the Christian. If you will remember, this section gives us what God does for us. We saw that we have access to the Lord, for we are the little stones, and He is the giant rock. We also saw that Christianity is the only movement whereby the followers and the leader actually become one. We are one with the Lord. He is the Head of the Body and we are the body of Christ. He is the vine and we are the branches. ...


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