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Delivered By
Elder Michael Tolliver
Delivered On
November 30, 2023 at 1:00 PM
Central Passage
1 Peter 3:14-15
Subject
A Spotlight
Description

This is a spotlight on the Scriptures: But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect: 1 Peter 3:14-15

I must say this again and again you are not going to escape suffering in this world if you are a child of God.  Someone has said, “Jesus often spoke of Christianity as a banquet but never as a picnic.” How true that is! He never said that we are going to have it easy down here. Listen,

Suffering for the right should bring joy to the child of God.  In 1 Peter 3:14 Peter theme is Christian witness in a hostile world. His words apply whether we are facing torture for our faith or whether we’re just nervous about the thought of telling someone about Christ.   Christians take their stand for the Lord, in different ways, some are bold, some are quiet, in either case, we ought to rejoice if we suffer for that. Peter point is that, even if we suffer now, God is for us, no one can stand against us. And God is with us. (cf Rom. 8:31)

 

So, beloved be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you for the reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and respectSo, live the kind of a life that is an example that will provoke people to question you. What makes you different? Why is it that you are not upset over this? You just lost your job; how can you smile? "Be ready to give to every man an answer for that hope that you have. This is a spotlight on the Scriptures.

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