Sunday Preview ~ Nov 5, 2009

November 5, 2009

My sermon this Sunday is called “The Triumph of Christ” from I Peter 3:13-22. In this passage Peter writes about the diverse themes of suffering, fear, sharing your faith, Christ preaching to spirits who have died, and baptism. This chapter concludes with the statement of triumph that Jesus Christ has risen from the dead, gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand–with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him.

It is wise to have a focus when you are giving a sermon. I wondered how I could effectively teach through this passage, which includes Scriptures difficult to understand, and maintain a focus that people could retain. I decided that there is no point in ignoring truths that the Apostle Peter deemed important. Whether we wrestle with suffering, fear or authorities, we can be confident that we will triumph because Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. From His position at God’s right hand, Jesus gives us grace to overcome every adversity we face in life.

I’m looking forward to our worship services this weekend. I hope you will pray for everyone who comes to receive grace and truth that comes from the presence of the Lord.

 

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