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Keep On Imitating Christ

11/10/19

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Keep On Keeping On

Summary: The Apostle Peter comes back to the example of Jesus in suffering. Building on his example, Peter gives three appeals or exhortations, all pertaining to lives that imitate Christ, honor Christ, and give witness to his life in us. His readers, and we, are encouraged to live rightly, to pray effectively, and to love earnestly.

Keep on in Good Conscience

11/03/19

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Keep On Keeping On

Summary: The Apostle Peter appeals to his readers to maintain a good conscience. This was especially important in being always ready to give the reason for the hope within them. This hope was grounded in Jesus as the example for Christians to follow: he died in the flesh, was made alive in spirit, and has gone to heaven. Peter encourages these suffering believers to know the truth that even though they might experience death physically as followers of Jesus, they too would be made alive in spirit and be raised to heaven as promised.

Keep on in Submission

10/29/19

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Keep On Keeping On

Summary: The Apostle Peter continues the exhortation to live honorable, God-pleasing lives before unbelievers. He turns his attention to three situations in which these believers would find themselves. The first is within society, particularly in one’s relationship to governing authorities. The second is in the marketplace

Keep on in Godly Conduct

10/20/19

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Keep On Keeping On

Summary: In First Peter, chapter two, Peter exhorts his readers (and us) to live in such a way that it provides a good testimony. He encourages believers to know the unique identity they have in Christ which provides a foundation and motivation for godly conduct. The passage ends (verse 12) with a set-up to the rest of chapter two and all of chapter three: three specific areas of life where such godly living makes a real difference.

Keep On In Holiness

10/13/19

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Keep On Keeping On

Summary: In Peter’s letter, he encourages these believers who were experiencing various trials and difficulties to keep on in holiness. It’s easy to get discouraged and to “slide” or “coast” in our commitment to holiness. As we come to understand more and more what it is to be loved unconditionally by God, demonstrated by his Son, Jesus, and his death for us, we respond in obedience to him.

Keep On In Hope

10/06/19

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Keep On Keeping On

Summary: What do you say to people who are experiencing trials and suffering? What do you say that doesn’t sound trite or superficial or somewhat Pollyanna? This must have been the challenge that faced the Apostle Peter as he dictated his first letter in the New Testament. First of all, he encourages them to keep on keeping on in HOPE.

Five Things I Wish Jesus Never Said - I Am The Only Way

09/29/19

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Five Things I Wish Jesus Never Said

Summary: This claim by Jesus to be the only way to God is difficult for those of other faiths or no faith. There are three things that form the basis for such a statement as this: the uniqueness of Jesus’ life, the audacity of Jesus’ claims, and the veracity of Jesus’ resurrection. In the end, each person must decide what to do with the One who made this amazing statement.

5 Things I Wish Jesus Never Said - Deny Yourself

09/22/19

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Five Things I Wish Jesus Never Said

Summary: This statement by Jesus goes to the core of God’s calling in our lives as believers in Jesus Christ. That calling is a calling to discipleship.

“What’s Love Got To Do With It?”

09/15/19

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Five Things I Wish Jesus Never Said

Summary: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” It’s easy to look at this statement and think, “Okay, I see it.” But when you stop to think about it, you realize there is so much more to it than a quick read. It forces you to go deeper in understanding what Jesus was after.

5 Things I Wish Jesus Never Said - “Camels, Needles and the Rich”

09/08/19

Speaker: Mark Petersburg

Series: Five Things I Wish Jesus Never Said

Summary: When Jesus said: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom,” it left the disciples scratching their heads. They asked Jesus, “Then who can be saved?” Since to them God blessed the righteous with riches, if that person couldn’t enter the Kingdom, then who could? Jesus put his finger on the problem of this rich young ruler. Today, he puts his finger on whatever has become one’s god, whatever is the barrier to entering the Kingdom.