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Be Ready (part 1)
1 Peter 3:15-18
Intro.
Let me ask you a few questions this morning:

We are going to look at couple of verses in 1 Peter but before we do that let me refresh your memory about this Peter who was one of the 12 and in fact he was one of inner group of 3. The Apostle Peter was an interesting character:

1 Peter 3:15-16 (NIV)
15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

We are going to take a few weeks looking at these two verses. Before we do I want to outline for you 3 commands and a principle. (If you are part of the email Bible Study or have heard me teach on “How to Study the Bible for Yourself.”)  There are key questions that we need to ask when we look at a particular verse:

Command One: in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord

Command Two: Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

Command Three: do this with gentleness and respect,

Principle One: keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.  Good behavior keeps a clear conscience. 

  1. Jesus defines the type of relationship that He desires throughout the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). He modeled being a servant for His disciples and He expected that type of allegiance.  Let me refresh your memory.
  1. FOLLOW ME defines what Christ expects.  We are to set apart our lives. It is a matter of leaving our self-centered life and to follow Him.  
  1. Listen to what Jesus tells us in the Sermon on the Mount:

 Matthew 7:21-23 (NLT)
21 “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

  1.  Lord – may not be a common word today and may be a little hard to understand in the 21st century.  In the Contagious Christian video they used the term Leader instead of Lord.  I don’t think the word Leader really describes the power behind the word Lord. To try and modernize the word Lord is difficult and I feel that it might be better to use the word and try to define it instead of trivializing it.  
  1. The early church knew exactly what the word Lord meant.  For the early church it meant the following:
  1. As American we have a difficult time understanding the Lordship Principle.  We are used to a democracy that gives us many different choices.  We have input into decisions, we choose our vocation, we marry who want.  At the heart of democracy lies concept of freedom and choice.  Jesus never proclaimed democracy – He came proclaiming a kingdom.
  1. If  Christ is Lord then there should be something different about us.  Is there something different about you?  Do people notice that you are different or unique?  Have people notice that you march to a different drummer?  Has anyone ask you why you are living the way you are? 
  1. And if you answered yes to that last question do you feel as if you can share your faith?  If someone came over to you and asked you to explain why you didn’t cuss out your boss or the student for being rude and crude toward you.  Would you be able to answer them?  Would you be able to share your faith? 
  1. If you answered no to the question why you are living the way you are? Have you figured out why no one has asked; there are 3 possible reasons:

Conclusion:

Our Faith Matters:
            Suppose a young man goes out and buys a $15,000 engagement ring – the jeweler throws in for free a small box to hold the ring and even wraps it for you.  The young man sends the box with the ring in it to his fiancée.  Just imagine the shock this man gets when she responds by saying, “Thank you, honey that is really a cool little box that you sent me.  I will take special care of it and keep the box wrapped up in a safe place so nothing will ever happen to it.

Is He Lord of Your Life?  Then we must be obedient – learn to share your faith

 

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