The Reason for Our Hope

Today, we’ll look at four important truths. We’ll discuss: Being passionate for what is good. Possessing a willingness to suffer. Honoring Christ as holy. And finally, we’ll understand what it means to live in the hope for glory.

I. A QUICK REVIEW

    1. 1 Peter is directed to suffering believers.
      1. 4.12-  fiery trial. Being persecuted for righteousness.
      2. 2.9-10 – Peter reminds us who we are.
      3. 2.11 – we are aliens and strangers. What do we do?
    2. How do we respond? 3.13-17 gives us the answer.

II. 3.13 – BE PASSIONATE FOR WHAT IS GOOD.

    1. 3.13- This is a general truth.
    2. Zealous – it’s a passion for goodness that we just fall in love with.

III. 3.14 – HAVE A WILLINGNESS TO SUFFER.

    1. 3.14 – But even if…You could still suffer, even while you’re doing good.
    2. 3.14b – When we suffer, we will be blessed.
    3. 3.14c – Have no fear of them, nor be troubled.

IV. 3.15a – HONOR CHRIST AS HOLY.

    1. This verse is an adaptation of Isaiah 8.11-13.
      1. Isaiah 8.13 – We are to reverence God. Treat Him as holy.
      2. Isaiah 8.14 – No. Those who fear God, for them He will become a sanctuary.
      3. If Isaiah feared men, it would show he didn’t trust God’s promise.
      4. Isaiah 41.10, 13; 35.14.
    2. In 1 Peter 3.14-15, Peter makes the application to Christ. Displeasing Christ is more fearful than the threats of man.
      1. We must trust Him with all our heart. 1 Peter 5.7, 10.

V. 3.15b – LIVE IN THE HOPE OF GLORY

    1. 3.15b – our fear can be turned to hope.
    2. Everything we do as Christians drives at the reality of our hope.
      1. What is our hope? What specifically Peter talking about? 1.9.
      2. Eternal life. Heaven. 1.3-4.
      3. Our defense of the hope within us begins with the heartfelt reality of Christ and the joyful hope in His promises! See 4.19; 5.6-7; 10.

CONCLUSION:

    1. Our primary activity in preparing to stand, is to keep our hearts happy in God.
    2. So what about you? Are you at ease with whatever comes? If not, the answer is Jesus. We’d like to invite you into a relationship with Him.

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