Youth Pastor Matt Downing
As Christians we should be ready for Christ’s return in the future by being faithful to Christ today
1 Peter 4:7-11
Now the end of all things is near; therefore, be serious and disciplined for prayer. 8 Above all, maintain an intense love for each other, since love covers a multitude of sins.[k] 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaining. 10 Based on the gift each one has received, use it to serve others, as good managers of the varied grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, it should be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, it should be from the strength God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To Him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.
1. We live ready for Christ’s return
“Now the end of all things is near; therefore, be serious and disciplined for prayer.” 1 Peter 4:7
Therefore, since Christ suffered[a] in the flesh,[b] equip[c] yourselves also with the same resolve[d]—because the one who suffered in the flesh has finished with sin[e]— 2 in order to live the remaining time in the flesh, no longer for human desires,[f] but for God’s will. 3 For there has already been enough time spent in doing what the pagans choose to do:[g] carrying on in unrestrained behavior, evil desires, drunkenness, orgies, carousing, and lawless idolatry. 4 So they are surprised that you don’t plunge with them into the same flood[h] of wild living—and they slander you. 5 They will give an account to the One who stands ready to judge the living and the dead.
Living ready for Christ’s return means…
• We focus on His desires rather than our own.
• We focus on our Savior rather than our sin.
• We remember that we all will have to give an account for how we lived our life.
• We are to be broken for those who don’t know Him and will spend eternity without Him.
2. We love, ready to show Christ’s character to the world.
“Above all, maintain an intense love for each other, since love covers a multitude of sins.[k] 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaining.” 1 Peter 4:8-9
Loving ready to show Christ’s character means…
• We love even when it’s hard and not deserved
1 Corinthians 13:7- Love bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.
• We love even when it’s not returned
• We love even when it may not profit us
• We love even when it’s inconvenient
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” -Phil 2:3
3. We serve, ready to fulfill Christ’s mission to reach the world
“Based on the gift each one has received, use it to serve others, as good managers of the varied grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, it should be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, it should be from the strength God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything.” 1 Peter 4:10-11
Serving ready to fulfill God’s mission to reach the world means…
• We recognize we’ve been given a life cause, a commission from our King.
• We understand that we’ve each been given a Spiritual gift to benefit the kingdom…NOW!
Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. (Romans 12:6-8)
Christians with the motivational gift of:
> Prophecy are the eyes (insight, foresight) of body of Christ.
> Ministry/Serving/Helps are the hands of body of Christ.
> Teaching are the mind of the body of Christ.
> Giving are the arms of the body of Christ.
> Exhortation are the mouth of the body of Christ.
> Administration are the head of the body of Christ.
> Mercy are the heart of the body of Christ.
• We’ve been given the POWER to use our gift.
Acts 1:8- But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
• We are God’s “plan A” to reach the world he cares so much about.