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Pastor Joe Still - May 15, 2016

GREAT EXPECTATIONS, PART 19 - FINISHING WELL IN DIFFICULT TIMES

In this sermon we “cross the finish line” in our verse-by-verse journey through the book of 1 Peter. We’ve seen Peter’s heart to shepherd followers of Jesus who are facing incredible suffering and persecution. Peter’s letter has reminded them (and us) of God’s great love and that we can live with Christ-Centered Hope amid the “fiery trials” everyone will face in this life. Peter has reminded us that as God’s beloved children we can live daily with confidence that HE is with us in the struggle. And, because HE is our Father and the God of all Creation, HE will be faithful in all HIS promises to us. My prayer throughout this journey has been that we might live, not just with confidence in our Good and Beautiful GOD, but with a GREAT EXPECTATION of life with HIM. This morning we see Peter concluding his letter with a message on how we, as God’s Chosen-Refugees, might “finish well”!

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Though we live in a world filled with turmoil and struggle, we can be confident that God is at work all around us carrying out His perfect plan and accomplishing His perfect will. As His people we can live daily with confidence that He is with us in the struggle and the He will fulfill all His promises to His people. Because our Father in Heaven is faithful to all His promises, we can live with GREAT EXPECTATION, what the Scriptures call Hope! In his letter Peter writes to followers of Jesus who are facing incredible suffering and persecution. Peter writes to them to remind them of God’s great love and to teach them how to live with Hope amid “fiery trials”. Peter would surely know how, from his own firsthand experiences.

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