We're up to our second last value, this time we look at Joy - 'Belonging to Jesus means becoming God's children and gaining an eternal inheritance! With joy we receive it, work, suffer and live for it, and long for it!!'
But what is this elusive joy and how do we hold on to it even in the midst of tough times, we look to the Bible to find the answer.
Our next value in our values series is that we live a 'Life of Love', that we consider others better than ourselves, practically serving using the gifts that God has given us. We'll look at 1 Peter 4 to examiners what the Bible says about living this life of Love.
Our next value in our values series is that we are 'Relentlessly Missional', this week we explore what it means when Paul writes in 1 Corinthians that he has made himself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible, and what it means for us today.
In our final look at 1 Peter, we're warned about a danger that prowls, the devil who wants to devour us, a warning we need to take seriously, but we also see that he is resistible, that God gives us weapons to help us stand firm against his attacks.
In the midst of a hostile world, the people inc church are like sheep, prone to wander, and so here Peter shows us the need for a structure to keep church solid so we can stand firm as exiles in this world.
Peter tells us that we shouldn't be surprised when we suffer for Christianity, even more than that we should rejoice when we do! Here we ask the question the christian life worth the suffering it costs us?
It's a new year, and the world tells us to make resolutions to transform into a 'new you', but the most important transformation of all comes when we follow Jesus. This passage helps us to see what the transformed Christian life looks like.
It might be hard to accept, but God calls us to do good, all the time, even when it means suffering. But though it's hard now, there's no doubt that it will pay off, and we have an incredible example to lead the way in Jesus.
Our next look at the book of 1 Peter, this week we see instructions for wives and husbands that are very different to what your world often tells us, here we have a chance to listen to what God has to tell us about marriage, and see the joy that can come when we listen to Him.
The Podcast of our weekly Sermon - this week we continue in 1 Peter and in this passage we find a hard teaching about suffering that we’re to endure it, even in unjust and unfair circumstances, but we also see the incredible example of Jesus, who suffered more than we ever could, all for our sake.