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October 2, 2022 4:00 am
Every day we face unique situation questions how do we respond perhaps more importantly, how should Christian. Yes, that's today's topic on the Dr. Don Wilton well-known author evangelist and pastor. Today's topic is how should Christians respond now more than ever. Both our actions and reactions are important part of our witness. We study the word together.
Know that we are here to encourage you to pray with you and pray for you both on the phone with 866-899-WORD and on our website TW online.org that's TW online.org would love to encourage you maybe answer some questions most certainly pray for you. Now let's open our hearts to first Peter chapter 1 beginning in verse 13 today's message from Dr. Don Wilton Christians respond what we were about to study in first Peter is discipleship 101 this message today will change your life. I'm going to be reading starting in first Peter chapter 1 and verse 13. Therefore, preparing your minds for action and being sober minded set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance but is he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.
Since it is written, you shall be holy, for I am holy.
And if you hold on him as father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds conduct your sills with the in the time and during your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver and gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but was made manifest in the lost times for the sake of you who threw him all believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and your hope are in God. There are two issues to positions God gives to us before he lays it down on how we should respond number one he says prepare your mind see that in verse 30 therefore therefore there you go to go back versus one all the way through verse 12. It is based upon what God is laid down, which really looking at the lost three weeks. Therefore, number one, your position is to prepare your mind. The word preparation will preparing your mind in a spiritual sense carries with it three injunctive okay this is very important if you going to prepare your mind spiritually to receive what God is going to say three things number one take inventory type infantry. Let me cite an American way. Take inventory okay you about that is hard for me to wrap mom words around sometimes I get take inventory, otherwise known as infantry. Just making sure some of you listening today. All right, you'd think off the 45 years I would've learned a few things right the wrong boy okay take inventory. What does that mean if you going to prepare your mind, you need to do a proper assessment of you. It's far more than how you doing you know and most of us when we take infantry before God. We realize we're not responding right so you so much as remotely say well I don't care what anybody says it's the way I feel you got a good place to start, let alone I don't care what God has to say. I'm going to do it my way. Take infantry type do do a upright and they many ways you can do that. Number two.
Get ready. Once I suggest get out of pain in a pipe if you have to it. If you married I'm in a pick on the main yet you're married you want to really take good inventory. Oscar wife what she thinks about the way you respond. If she tells you you're just wonderful. You've just taken the most serious infantry because she's scared to death of you, your life scared to death of you, you got some work to do right at the beginning then get ready. Based upon the way you are and number three. Present your body type inventory. Get ready.
Present your body, what did Paul say in Romans 12 12, by the mercies of God present your body a living sacrifice. What is that mean means Lord I'm I'm looking at my life, I'm honest, before you. I'm I'm I know I'm struggling with this with these feelings. I got this bad temper about this attitude. I shoot my mouth anybody here who shoots the mouth of you known is that you the you're the person who just shoot your mouth you the big cheese archer. This watch out when you walk into the room. Could you shoot your mouth off God's got something to say to you, so what's the second position of a believer in order to do what's right. If the first one is prepare your mind the second one is be sober minded we don't have to talk about what it means to be sober.
We understand it to be sober means literally to be in your right mind. If you're not sober what it means is that foreign substances have been introduced and have skewered your sense of balance your mind, your ability to think right be sober minded.
What does it mean it carries three meanings in in the Greek text. First of all means let to be sober minded means you go to Lake you could just let go. Listen folks, if biscuits and gravy are your craving one picking on biscuits and gravy. I have no idea, but it biscuits and gravy and those carbs are not good for you or you've got prediabetes, and you gotta be cutting back or messing up your equilibrium. Let go of it, stop it, what's the matter with you your whole life is not going to come crashing down over biscuits and gravy. This what God is saying this is why this company will prepare your minds for action. Be sober minded thank you very much, and it has even started telling us why let go number two say no number three take on you if you want to respond God's way late the things that you are doing that you shouldn't do Starbucks. I know, and not take on most young football players want to instantly be on varsity. You gotta let go cyano and take on in order to get on the first team when it comes to our spiritual position. You will never be triumphant. Cannot preparing your mind and if you're not being sober minded. Now watch this. This is this is this is powerful what God says here so how should the Christian respond what'd he say to these believers.
Given the fact that they were living in such a dark time I was surrounded by so much sin, violence, hate all the things that people deal with what he gives them. He says you should respond in three ways you ready for this. Number one, a Christian should respond with convicted hope. Look at verse 13. He says St. your hope.
The first way he tells us we should respond is with hope. Maybe that's why brought up our dear friend Mitch reefer is being a part of this church for. In her late husband, George, to the most precious servants of the Lord. I came away from talking to her as I do with hundreds of you with such there was such convicted hope I walk around the congregation and I hear from you and I see it in you, but he gives two reasons why every believer should respond with convicted hope.
First of all because of God's grace we all 100% hopeful that he is a positive word God is telling us know believer has God's permission to walk around Baja humbug negatively.
Why do we have.
Why do we respond with convicted hope because of God's grace in order God's grace is folks means you don't deserve a single thing. God is done for you. They don't deserve a single thing God's done for them. We don't deserve a single thing God's done for us. You need to pucker up. The only difference between the best of us in here and the worst of them out there is the grace of God. Somebody say amen folks you go around hammering on all this junk you put on everybody else and God's been so graceful to you what you problem and you call yourself a Christian, let your light so Sean because of God's grace.
But secondly, with convicted up because of God's revelation God's revelation.
That's what he tells a share in the passage that will be brought to the revelation.
What is the revelation what Revelation chapter 1 verse seven. The Bible says behold he's coming in the clouds that ultimate hope it's this living hope. I know that Christ lives in me. He's changed me. Therefore, my response is predicated on convicted hope everything about me ought to be showing the world that I live in that I really believe I can stand convicted that my hope is all Jesus, please forgive the interruption will be back with the rest of today's message with Dr. Don Wilton in just a moment all about that. Hope that is all Jesus as we study this particular topic, how should Christians respond to the questions we ask ourselves is, are we filling our minds and our hearts with the things that will move us to the correct response because our actions are sometimes easier to control than our reactions. Spending time in God's word on a daily basis can help us react as Jesus would have us have a wonderful resource absolutely free.
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It's huge holiness. But he tells us in this passage, he says, but he who has called you is holy, so also you last behold the and walked all your somebody say the word conduct he applies holiness saves Christian your Christian right, you need to respond with convicted hope and with calculated holiness not going to explain holiness next week so there are three reasons why we need to respond with calculated holiness number one because you are obedient.
He tells us write them just taking it up he sees as obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions. Guys keep this are you unpacking this. Do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance you want to unpack the word passions. That's the human disposition passions. He said do not you do not have God's permission. I do not have God's permission to conform to the passions of my phone. He really hurts me.
They ignorance because I did not know Jesus, but now I do and because I do and I'm a disciple. The clarion call of my discipleship is absolute. Oh be deviance, absolute obedience, it's to do what God tells me to do every time I take an action in my life and I haven't prayed about it. Have an awesome God what to do about it.
I'm following my former ignorance. Why calculated holiness because I'm obedient. Secondly, because I'm changed what he talks about the second part of verse 14. I'm changed its format. I'm now a new creature your new creature. I look out across all audiences. Genesis Karen and celebration, and the people are running to all over our city and our community that know Jesus and its instant you can you can see the difference.
You can feel the difference. I love being around Christian people. People ask me sometimes. Why do you not go to this place or that place no desire to go there.
I don't need to be that I don't need to go to that event thing that gathering that I don't need to go. They I'm like a I'm I'm I'm out of place. I want to be with you among you, the hardest thing for me and right now if you do understand that it's this Christian group I'm a changed man and you a changed lady a changed man and God has given us a fellowship and therefore might conduct insight calculated holiness because we are striving to be holy in our conduct cannot tell you something lovingly, folks looking to the future you want me to tell you what I think one of the greatest threats against the church today in America. It's called the infiltration of the world into the church. There is a massive movement done let the church behave like the wound respond like the world like the world we just got to do it. You gotta do to get more people you gotta put on a better thing you gotta have more this you gotta do all of that. It's the attraction of the world's in the ranks of God's people. Jesus said be holy, because I am that he say what he called some calculated holiness because your obedient because you changed this verse of Scripture. I can only read to you because YOU WRITE DOWN ACTS 2618. THIS IS GOD SPEAKING OF POLE, WHO WAS POLE PAUL WAS A BLASPHEMER YOU HANGING AROUND WITH ANY BLASPHEMERS RIGHT NOW ARE THEY IN OUR WORLD. YOU WORK WITH THEM THAT WORK FOR YOU IN OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM. ARE THEY IN OUR GOVERNMENT ANY BLASPHEMERS ANYWHERE AND HERE IS GOD, HE INTERVENED. HE MADE PAUL SAUL ON THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS. HIS LIFE WAS TOTALLY CHANGED AND THIS IS WHAT GOD SAID TO HIM IN NEXT 26 VERSE 18 BY AM SENDING YOU TO OPEN EYES SO THAT THEY MIGHT TURN FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT AND FROM THE POWER OF SATAN TO GOD, THAT THEY MAY RECEIVE FORGIVENESS OF SINS AND A PLACE AMONG THOSE WHO ARE SENT BY FAITH IN ME THAT YOU AND YOU AND ME AND ME. HOW SHOULD A CHRISTIAN RESPOND CONVICTED HOPE WITH CALCULATED HOLINESS. THIRDLY, BECAUSE WE HAVE A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. I HAVE A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM.
YOU DO TO THAT SO EVIDENT IN THIS CONGREGATION SEE IT ON YOUR FACE.
YOU CAN HEAR IT IN YOUR LANGUAGE IN YOUR RESPONSE. THE WAY YOU BEHAVE, WHAT YOU DO GIVE IT MANIFESTLY EVIDENT. YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY THIS CHURCH IS BEEN TRIUMPHANT FOR GENERATIONS.
THIS IS IT THIS IS IT THIS IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT I BLESS YOU TODAY HOW SHOULD A CHRISTIAN RESPOND WITH CONVICTED, HOPE, AND CALCULATED HOLINESS.
BUT THERE'S ONE MORE WITH CROWNING HONOR.
VERSE 17 AND IF YOU CALL HIM. HIS FATHER CONDUCT YOURSELVES WITH FEAR.
CROWNING HONOR, HONOR GOD IN EVERYTHING SPEECH ATTITUDE YARD IN THE TRAFFIC AT THE BALLGAME. HE SAYS CHRISTIANS SHOULD RESPOND WITH CROWNING HONOR.
WHY TWO REASONS HE GIVES US NUMBER ONE BECAUSE YOU CALL HIM FATHER TROT.
THEY SAYS IF YOU CALL AND FOLLOW. I DO. HE'S MY HEAVENLY FATHER. THEREFORE HAVE TO CONDUCT MYSELF ACCORDINGLY AND SECONDLY BECAUSE YOU KNOW HOW HE CONDUCTS HIMSELF. THAT'S THE TWO REASONS YOU CROWN HIM WITH HONOR BECAUSE YOU CALL HIM FATHER AND TO BOOT, YOU KNOW HOW YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER CONDUCTS HIMSELF, AND HE GIVES US MULTIPLE REASONS. NUMBER ONE HE RANSOMED YOU. THAT'S HOW HE CONDUCTS HIMSELF FROM YOUR FUTILE IGNORANT WAYS YOU BEEN DELIVERED FROM YOUR FUTILITY. YOUR STUPIDITY GO HUMANITY. GOD IS DELIVERED TO BECAUSE HE GAVE HIMSELF FOR YOU. BIBLE SAYS THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF THE LAMB YOU CROWN HIM WITH HONOR BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN MADE KNOWN TO YOU. CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT LITTLE VERSE IN VERSE 20.
JUST UNIT. HE WAS FOREKNOWN BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD. BUT NOW HE'S MADE KNOWN TO YOU AND YOU GET THIS IS GOD AND GOD CHOSE TO MAKE HIMSELF KNOWN AS OUR FATHER TO US WHILE ONE POWERFUL TEACHING DR. DON WILTON IN THAT FINAL STATEMENT KNOWING THAT GOD CHOSE TO MAKE HIMSELF KNOWN AS OUR FATHER TO US LITERALLY BEFORE THE WORLD WAS CREATED BEFORE GOD BEGAN THE CREATED THE UNIVERSE. HE HAD YOU IN MIND HE WAS CREATING A FAMILY FOR HIMSELF AND HE WANTS YOU TO BE A PART OF HIS FAMILY, BUT BUT HE GIVES US A CHOICE. WE CAN CHOOSE TO FOLLOW HIM.
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