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Stand fast in the true grace of God

What would your last words to be to your family or friends?

Bob Marley said: Money can’t buy life.

Karl Marx the philosopher said: Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough.

Leonardo Da Vinci the artist said: I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.

Jane Austen said: ‘I want nothing but death.’

DL Moody, the American evangelist, said: ‘Some day you will read in the papers that D.L. Moody of East Northfield, is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it! At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now.’ Wonderful words to be remembered by, recently said by Billy Graham too.

As Peter signs off on his letter, his last words to us tell us the reason he has written (1 Peter 5:12):

With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.

The Christian life is about standing fast in the true grace of God.

Peter has encouraged us in the true grace of God in his letter. Take a moment this week to re-read all five chapters of 1 Peter to soak in the true grace of God.

Peter doesn’t want us to forfeit or be disqualified from the true grace of God. And so his exhortation has been:

Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. (1 Peter 1:13; see also 4:7; and 5:8)

Don’t lose sight of the end. Last things must be first. While we wait we will suffer, mocked, and persecuted for our hope in Jesus coming again. We will be tempted to throw it all for the things of this world. We MUST remember nothing in this world compares, or even comes close, to God’s grace. We must stand firm.

Get this though, standing firm doesn’t depend on us. Just prior to his final greetings, Peter reminds us who our God is (1 Peter 5:10–11):

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

See who your God is…

He is all grace; He loves you and cares for you.

He called you to his eternal glory in Christ. See the contrast in verse 10? We suffer for him for a little while now, but compare that to the eternal glory that is ours in Christ. God offers eternal glory.

He will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast. God himself will make us stand fast.

Can God really do all this?

Of course, because look at verse 11:

To him be the power for ever and ever.

Nothing can stop him, he is all powerful for all ages. God is all powerful. He has us safe in his hands: strong, firm, and steadfast.

Don’t walk away from God and forfeit eternity with him. Stand fast with him. Stand fast in the true grace of God.

Peace in Christ, Tory.

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October Long Weekend Church Services

Dear friends,

There will be no Sunday service at Walgett on 30 September (Long Weekend). But we’ll be back 9am Sunday 7 October.

There will be a Sunday service at Collarenebri on 30 September (Long Weekend) as usual at 3.30pm Sunday.

Perhaps you could use the Long Weekend to catch up on our 1 Peter Bible talks?! If so, go to Bible talks above.

God bless,

Tory

Suffer as a Christian

Naturally, we try to avoid suffering and pain. We seek pleasure and comfort.

Christians, however, are to expect suffering for the name of Christ. Don’t be surprised as if something strange were happening to you (1 Peter 4:12).

Peter gives three truths to help in suffering:

  1. Rejoice, because just as we share in the sufferings of Christ we will also share in his glory when he returns (v.13).
  2. You are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you (v.14).
  3. Remember the eternal perspective of God’s coming judgment: our suffering pales insignificant (vv.17–18).

So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.

As we keep being reminded in 1 Peter, to do good is to declare the praises of God who called us out of darkness into his wonderful light, it’s bringing glory to God, living a Christ-centered life that is so different to those around us, that they see the difference in us, ask why we live this way (even suffer for it), might be won over for Christ and saved from that terrible judgment tom come.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Love each other deeply

It’s not hard to find faults in other people. And no one knows that better than Satan. One of his oldest tricks is causing grumbling and division among God’s people. It causes us to lose sight that the real battle is with him.

A clever ploy really.

Because a clever way to disable a local church from the spiritual battle is to cause internal battles.

So while it’s important to love all people, Peter particularly urges Christians to love each other in the local church deeply (1 Peter 4:8, see also 1:22 and 3:8). Deep love covers over a multitude of sins. That is, it’s harder to see other people’s faults and sins when you deeply love them.

Will you join me in praying that our local churches are known by their deep love?

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Always Be Prepared

‘You don’t really believe the Bible, do you? It was written when they thought the world was flat!’

‘You don’t really believe men should lead their wives? We all know gender means nothing now.’

Questioning and attacks on Christians is rising. There is a temptation to be so afraid as to not say anything, or even give up following Jesus.

This is nothing new. And so Peter tells Christians to not be afraid of what we might suffer for the name of Jesus. Instead, be prepared to give an answer for the hope we have in Jesus (1 Peter 3:15). Turn persecution into a gospel opportunity!

Can I encourage you to always be prepared?!

Have a short explanation of what a Christian is.

Consider some of the common questions people have about Christianity. How can you answer that question in a way that shares your hope in Jesus?

Let’s encourage one another to stand firm and always be prepared. Just Start Talking starts next Sunday, come along so that we can help one another be prepared.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Reconnect

It amazes me how busy life gets. Time goes fast. Priorities crowd in on us. We lose touch of the big picture and where we are headed. Is there more to life than this?  Is something missing?

The Bible tells us that God’s answer is Jesus. He sent his Son Jesus to earth to give us life.

Jesus said: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28–30)

Jesus offers to carry us through this life. He offers to teach us his way. His way provides rest and satisfaction. His way reconnects us to the God of the Universe whom we were made for.

Thanks for joining us today as we listen to Jesus and what it means to reconnect with God.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.