Overcoming Faith For Overwhelming Odds
1 PETER 5
I think the message of Overcoming Faith can be seen in the Classic story that came out of World War II. Our soldiers were herded into cattle cars and transported from place to place.
Sixty men had been riding in an old box car for about two days with no sanitary facilities, they were starving and tired and uptight. They were weak and weary and full of stress and anguish.
Finally they pulled into a railroad station and a Nazi guard as an act of contempt threw a Red Cross care package into that open car of men.
They were like wild men tearing and pulling trying to open the care package. Finally a Texan pulls the package to himself and said, "Stop, stop, and the men stop grasping and pulling to get a piece of food.
The Texan said lets make a communion out it! He broke that Red Cross package into tiny pieces and they passed it from man to man. They sang a hymn making up the words as they went along.
Then they prayed a prayer and thank God that they were able to make a communion of a bad situation. Well I think that is what Peter is trying to get across to the 21st century church.
Overcoming faith is cohesive and it blends together those that have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. We are not an island we don't live in isolation.
The scripture teaches us that we are dependent and inter-dependent upon the brother and sisters that make up the Body of Christ.
Let's focus our attention on 1 Peter 5:1
To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ's sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed:
I. RESPECT FOR PEOPLE- verse 2
Notice in verse 1 Peter claims his eldership. Peter was an eyewitness of the actual suffering of Christ. I saw Christ die.
Simon Peter was always saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.
There were times when Simon Peter was soaring when he should have been sagging.
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