by Jim Henry

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Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L. B. McLeod Road
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #198, CT 309042

"The Oddly Godly"
(I Peter 1:1-2)

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to
those who reside as aliens, scattered
throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia,
Asia and Bithynia, who are chosen...
Ais letter was basically written to people living in the area now
flalled Turkey. Note that Peter used the term, "aliens" in identifying
Christians. He was writing to the Christians who were experiencing the
first throes of persecution. It was not yet general, but became so
later under Nero, when Peter was finally crucified upside down, the
Christians were accused of burning Rome, and the first general
persecution began taking place.
I believe the Holy Spirit had Peter write this book, and not for that
day only, but for Christians of every generation because we are all
aliens, strangers, pilgrims in this world. I chose the title for this
message because Christian pilgrims sometimes seem odd to others. But
we're not odd, we have God in us; therefore we are "oddly
godly"--aliens in this world.
Notice that the author of this book was Simon Peter, whose name means,
"The Rock." He didn't start out as a rock, but he became one. Someone
said there were three interesting things about Peter. You had to like
him even though you may not have agreed with him, because he was
Peter believed what he said. Arthur Brisbane, and agnostic who made
fun of Christianity, used to go to hear Billy Sunday preach. His
acquaintances asked why, since Billy Sunday believed in the Bible, and
a personal devil, and Arthur believed none of it, why he went to hear
him preach. Brisbane said, "I go to listen to him because he really
believes what he says."
Even though he swung like a pendulum, from one side to the other, Peter
Third, God showed us that He can use a man with a tem ...

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