Living Faith Fellowship recently sent Pastor Doug Shada, Roger and Peg Nyffeler, Judy Main, Dick Collins, and Maddie Soucie on a missions trip focused on a variety of goals. Maddie developed a summary of their trip through pictures which can be viewed here.
Members and attenders of Living Faith Fellowship recently connected with a church in Longmont, Colorado, assisting the church with the aftermath of the flooding that took place in Colorado. Pastor Scott Phillips talked with NTV’s Good Life via Skype. Video links to NTV’s “The Good Life” connection to Pastor Phillips are below:
“Stand firm regardless of the persecution”. This is the title of Pastor Doug’s sermon for Sunday, Ocober 27, 2013. Based on 1 Peter 4:12-19, part of a series based on 1st and 2nd Peter, Pastor Doug text can be notes can be read below or downloaded here. Please join us for worship at the Merryman Performing Arts Center at -0:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.
-Trials of all types are never fun….. Persecution for believing in Christ and standing for
what He stands for is hard to fathom. It seems no matter what a believer says or does
people find fault and criticize the Christ follower. Persecution ensues….
-Peter dealt with the “Normal” persecution that we all face in the first section of the
book of 1 Peter. Now though in chapter 4:12-19 he is dealing the persecution of the
Christ followers, not from the individuals around them but the authorities above them.
-Christianity in the early church had been tolerated but now the tides had changed and
the Roman govt began to persecute publically. Peter calls this a “fiery trial” and he
teaches them how to respond when this “fiery trial” begins to happen.
-Background of 1 Peter
-Hope: Confident assurance of future glory and blessing
-Prayer “Four things to learn about trials”
1. 1 Peter 4:12, “Expect them”
-From the beginning good people have suffered at the hands of the unbelieving world.
-Much of what goes on in the World depends on, pride, lies, self pleasure, and the desire
To get more. A dedicated believer builds their life on truth from His Word, humility,
Holiness of life and the desire to glorify God. This is in direct conflict with the world!
-Expect trials—Be ready “beloved” loved of God—“Know my love and care for you!”
-1 John 3:12, why Cain killed his brother Abel. “Because Cain’s works were evil and
His brother Abel’s were righteous.” Darkness does not like the light—persecution!
-Peter wanted them to expect what was happening, and was going to happen. The Govt.
Blamed Christians for the burning of Rome. So Nero to punish Christians, covered them
With tar/pitch and used them as living torches to light his imperial gardens at night.
-Don’t be surprised, when that kind of persecution happens. Expect it. These fiery trials
Happen because the Christ follower is faithful to God and stands up for what is right. It
Is because we bear the name of Christ the lost world attacks us. Christ told His followers
That they would be persecuted as He was, because their persecutors did not know Christ!
2. 1 Peter 4:13-14, “Rejoice in them”
-You gotta be kidding Shada…..Rejoice in suffering…..James 1:2-4.
-The World has never experienced the grace of God so they can’t understand how a
Christ follower could rejoice in trials. Yet through suffering the Christian shares
With Christ and it results in:
-Joy with Christ, 1 Peter 1:6
-Fellowship with Him, Phil. 3:10
-Being glorified with Him, Rom. 8:17
-Reigning with Him, 2 Tim. 2:12
-The NT is clear that those who take part in the suffering of Christ also will take
Part in His glory when it is revealed. HOPE—while going through present
-Vs. 14, In other words suffering Christians do not have to wait for heaven in order
To experience His glory. Through the Holy Spirit, we can have the glory now!
-This explains how martyrs could sing praises to God while bound in the midst of
Blazing fires. How persecuted Christians could go to prison and death without
-This also explains how the Christ follower undergoing severe persecution and
Trials can glorify the name of Christ….The Spirit of God dwells within and is
Revealed in and through Him!
3. I Peter 4:15-18, “Examine your life”
-15-Not all suffering is from the Lord. Some suffering happen because of sin in one’s
Life….Get it taken care of before God, making sure that is not why your suffering.
-Let’s make sure we suffer because we are Christians not criminals!
-16-The opposite, when we suffer for the glory of Christ—His truth and call on our
Life—God is not ashamed of us, in fact we “Glorify God.” We further His cause in
By honoring Him and not our self centered desires!
-17-18—Peter has taught us that trials, when responded rightly to, refine and prove
Our faith 1 Peter 1:6-7 and 3:17.
-We need to be concerned about the lost sinners who are headed for an eternity of
Fiery trials apart from God in Hell. When a believer suffers, he experiences glory
And knows that there will be greater glory in the future!
-How we respond to the fiery trials before a lost and dying World is a testimony
To the Gospel of Christ’s impact on our life!
-Matt. 5:10-12, 43-48, Times of persecution are times of opportunity for a loving
Witness to those who persecute you as well as the non believers around us!
-“As Christians, we do not seek for vengeance on those who have hurt us. Rather,
We pray for them and seek to lead them to Jesus Christ.”
4. 1 Peter 4:19, “Commit yourself to your faithful Creator”
-Who or what we commit ourselves to in the midst of suffering unjustly makes all
The difference in the World.
-Vs. 19, is a banking term, “Entrust your souls”-To deposit for safekeeping.
“When you deposit your life in God’s bank, you always receive eternal dividends on
–Q—Why does Peter use the word Creator here? It reminds us that we are—
-Valuable to God
-He made us
-He redeemed us
-He lives within us
-He guards us and protects us
-God the creator meets the needs of His people (Matt. 6:24-34)
-This commitment of Lordship—is not a single action but a constant attitude. “Be
Constantly committing” is what Peter is saying.
-“In doing what is right” As we return good for evil and do good even though we
Suffer for it, we are committing ourselves to God so that He can care for us!
“Don’t Be Complacent…” is the title of Pastor Doug’s newsletter for October 24, 2013, which can be downloaded here, or read below. It can also be received via email by contacting him at email@example.com. His daily word of encouragement can be ready by connecting with him via Facebook.
Please join us for worship each Sunday at the Merryman Performing Arts Center in Kearney, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.
“Don’t Be Complacent…”
As we look at the nightly news (when we can stomach it) or go to church and witness men and women, boys and girls wanting to know what they can get out of the service and not asking, “God would you transform me into your image for your glory? We ask what is going on? Could it be that we have allowed the busyness of life and the cares of the world to put us into a state of complacency and self centered interest???
Friends, I think like never before the individual believer along with the church of Jesus Christ as a whole must start “stepping up”to be the the change agents in our land Christ has called us to be as well as He deserves us to be!
I was reading in Revelation 3 starting in Vs 7-13 about the Church in Philadelphia that Jesus describes. Some feel this is a picture of Christ followers today in His Church. If so, may we grab the truth of the following words, “I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name.”
Fellow Christians, may we daily walk through life seeing it as an open door for ministry. Living to the praise and honor of the name of Christ (not like the World or our flesh wants us to, but as Christ deserves us to). May we, with His boldness flowing through us proclaim the love and truth of His gospel which saves, changes, equips and leads. May we understand though weak in and of ourselves we have the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us to be and do what He has set before us. May each one of us be found steadfastly enduring through life and it’s trials until He calls us home.
Have a great day friends and may the Church of Jesus Christ in our land awake & throw off the complacency that is plaguing us to represent Him as we should!
Yours for His glory,
“It’s All in Our Attitude” is the title of Pastor Doug’s sermon for Sunday, October 20, 2013. The notes for the sermon can be downloaded here, which is based on 1 Peter 4:1-11. This sermon is part of a series of sermons based on First and Second Peter. Please join us for worship at the Merryman Performing Arts Center in Kearney beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.
“Under Attack,” Pastor Doug’s weekly newsletter for October 16, 2013, can be downloaded here. His newsletter can also be received via email by contacting him at firstname.lastname@example.org. His daily word of encouragement can be ready by connecting with him on his Facebook page.
Please join us for worship each Sunday at the Merryman Performing Arts Center beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.
“Christ’s Complete Victory” is the title of Pastor Doug’s sermon for Sunday, October 13, 2013. His sermon notes can be downloaded here. Based on 1 Peter 3:18-22, the sermon is part of a series covering First and Second Peter. Please join us for worship at the Merryman Performing Arts Center beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:00 a.m.