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Christmas 2019

Dec 29, 2019 | Mark Jealouse

Rejoice!

1 Peter 1:3-12

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Where is our focus as we end 2019 and head into 2020?

  • How are we going to finish 2019?

  • How are we going to begin 2020?

Why Praise?

  • God’s great mercy – in spite of sin and helplessness

  • New birth – regeneration, new life, salvation, conversion, new nature, new family, new creation

  • Living hope – eternal life on the basis of the resurrection of Jesus Christ

  • Inheritance – indestructible, undefilable, unfading

  • Faith – God given, saving faith – permanent and protected

  • Salvation – were saved, are being saved, will be saved

What about Trials and Suffering?

  • Only for a little while – compared to an eternal inheritance that will never perish spoil or fade

  • There is a reason for trials – tests faith to prove it genuine

  • The Christian’s joy is not governed by circumstances, but by Jesus

How Great is Salvation?

  • The salvation Christians now have is what the prophets wrote about, studied and longed to understand

  • Believers now have the privilege of preaching this same salvation – fulfilled in Jesus Christ

  • Even the angels don’t know all the details, yet eagerly and joyfully watch God’s plan unfold

  • Believers are experiencing what prophets and angels longed to see

So What?

  • You are called to praise God and rejoice.

  • For your salvation!

  • The reality is that many of you will leave this place today and return to a life of trouble and trials

  • Remember that the trials of this life are for just a ‘little while’. They are nothing compared to eternity

  • Take heart knowing that your trials have a purpose – so that your faith may be proved genuine

  • Rejoice! You have what the prophets and even the angels longed to see and understand

Be filled with glorious joy because you are receiving the goal of your faith – the salvation of your soul!

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