Monday, September 13, 2010

The Advantages of Hard Times

Sunday Morning Service - September 12, 2010
Scripture: 1 Peter 1:6-7
Sermon Series: Words to Live by from an Old Fisherman!
Sermon by: Pastor Kip McKee
  1. Our Trials are BRIEF! (In comparison with Eternity...1 Peter 1:6)
  2. Our Trials are NECESSARY! (Hard Times come to EVERY Believer. How we view them is life changing! ...Philippians 3:10-11) (Hard Times teach us MORE about God's LOVE and CARE for us! ...Matthew 28:20) (Hard Times STRENGTHEN our Faith & increase our Service to God! We grow in our desire to serve God & in our ability to serve Him.)
  3. Our Trials are PURIFYING! (Our Trials have a PURPOSE! ...1 Peter 1:7) (Our trials prove that God will NEVER FAIL US!)
  4. Our Trials IMPACT Eternity! (Our Trials can bring God PRAISE, HONOR & GLORY! ...1 Peter 1:7) (Our Privilege as Christians is to GLORIFY God in all we do. How we respond to trials can GLORIFY God in a major way.)
3 Questions to Ask in Trials:
  1. Is what I am doing with my life PLEASING GOD? If not, what needs to change?
  2. Am I pointing others to GOD or pushing them away from God?
  3. Are my Actions and Words HONORING GOD, His Word & Pleasing to Jesus?
2 Things to Remember in Trials!
  1. Trials are common to all Believers.
  2. Trials should bring us CLOSER to God, not push us away from GOD.
Romans 8:28...And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those that love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

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