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    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    Sunday 10:30 AM
I am going to borrow the outline today from Warren Wiersbe for verses 1-6. He says that there are two attitudes that Peter says we need to have.

Live your life today according to God who lives in you by the Holy Spirit.
1. A Militant Attitude toward sin - v. 1-3

I have never been a soldier but many of you have and you would know that there are certain equipment which you need to be successful. For the believer our attitudes are weapons. You know as well as I do, that if a soldier has a wrong attitude toward what he is doing he might find himself in danger, danger that might lead to defeat or worse death. “Outlook determines outcomes.” (WW) If a believer is to succeed and do well in the Christian life he/she will need the right attitude.

Have you ever gone into a dark room or another place where you could not see? And, when you have been there awhile you say, “I can see pretty well now, I just needed to get used to the darkness.”
Again, Wiesbe says, that there is a sermon in the thought, “That I could get used to the darkness.” Instead of getting used to the darkness of the world we need to have an attitude of hatred for the darkness and our thoughts of it should move us to seek to live a life of righteousness. We don’t need to get accustomed to sin but we should have that militant attitude that hates and opposes it.

When Peter talks of having that attitude of Christ and being done with sin, we are talking about living this life like Christ lived His.

What was the suffering of Christ in His body? Most of us know and have heard all of our lives what Jesus went through. There was mind, soul and spirit as well as physical suffering of Jesus Christ. Jesus was a human being just like us. Having been from before the beginning, with really no beginning, Jesus had to become what He created. He was all man and all God but He had to become a man, starting as a baby just like the rest of us. That in and of itself must have been great mental suffering to have to be limited by a frail body and mind all that came with it. He had to learn to become a man. That struggle without sinning has to be hard for us to believe, but He did it. Can we struggle like He struggled without sin? Peter says we must have that same attitude and that we pledge that we are done with sin. When you live for Christ you seek in all you do to live for the will of God and do not live for your earthly and evil desires of this life.

How is this possible? It has to do with surrender. It also has to do with what Paul said in Romans 6:1-2,
You see Paul and Peter are saying the same thing. When we are saved, we die to sin. We have been given the grace of God which has blessed us with the ability to call on God to keep us dead to sin since we are now alive in Christ. With Christ in charge we surrender to His power that has already defeated sin. We have been converted from the life of sin and human passions and therefore we are now ruled primarily by the will of God.

If we have the attitude of hating sin, we can find encouragement from seeing what sin did to Jesus. How can there be positive out of what killed Jesus, our Savior and Lord?

Jesus dealt with sin by “conquering it forever!” There is great ignorance in sin and Jesus saw it and taught the truth about it and showed those who saw Him, the Truth, how to live properly with love and kindness and righteousness. One of the ways He dealt with sin was, He tenderly touched those with healing who had been broken by sin and scared by it. With gracious love He would do what no one else would even dare to do, touch those with sin and care for them and remind them that even though they had been dominated by it and their lives were ruined by sin, He would love them and give them hope in Him if they would only believe and follow Him. And then Jesus our Savior dealt the last blow to sin, He died for all our sins by taking the sins of the world upon His shoulders and freed anyone who would believe in him from their sin to be able to give them life forevermore.
We are called to not sin. That will one day come when we are either called home by death or Jesus comes to get us. Then and only then we will be free from sin. But until then we must have a hatred for that sin. The more we yield to God’s will in our lives we will have Jesus’s attitude toward sin.

Verse 3 talks of the former lives we have lived. Having an attitude of hatred for sin can be enlightened by our past lives. Look at the contrast between living by the will of God and living the way of the pagans, what a difference. No matter what your former life was like, regardless if it was mild or major in sin, it was not in the will of God. Sin and God do not mix. Therefore when we look back we can see how much Jesus loved us because He took our sin upon Him, all that ugliness and ungodliness, and gave us freedom from the life of sin and death.

You remember that in the Old Testament God calls for the Children of Israel to remember their life in Egypt? Never forget what it was like once before Jesus saved you. All of those sins listed may not have been what we did but all sin is still deadly and these were the sins of the now saved believers Peter was speaking to in this letter. Remember no matter what you did, your sin helped crucify the Lord Jesus Christ on that cross!
2. A Patient Attitude toward the lost - v. 4-6

Being patient with the lost is not easy. But having an attitude of patience will help when witnessing to them. If you don’t have patience you may begin to be forceful and maybe judgmental because of the lack of time they may have before the end comes. God has called us to witness to the lost but He has promised to do the work of saving. We must be faithful to share but patiently. Verse 4 says that people think we are strange if we have been saved and then change our lifestyle from the sinful ways it used to be.

Is there anyone here today that had friends and family think there was something strange and crazy about you when you got saved and didn’t want to do the things you used to do with them?

How did that make you feel? People are strange, they don’t have a problem of ruining their lives with all the habits of the world and the “so called fun things they do,” but when you say, “No, I don’t do that anymore, I have changed.” They think you are strange and nuts.

Be patient, they are blind to the truth. They can’t understand spiritual enjoyment as a saved person can. They may think it is dull when they believe as they do but they truly are missing out on real Christian enjoyment and joy! You have the best opportunity to then let those who you once ran with to know the truth of what true freedom is all about. Tell them of Jesus and what He did for you. That is all witnessing is, telling your story! Eventually they will all have to answer in the final judgment and our mission is to seek to share and win them to Christ.

Today I hope you are thinking of your ONE! They need your patience and they need your story. But they also need to know the hatred you have for sin and why? But even more than that, they need to know the love of Jesus Christ who died for them on the cross. No matter what someone may say or do because you are a believer, stand your ground and stand for Christ and His love for you and His hatred for the sin that is destroying all who live apart from Him.

After all is said and done, we seek to encourage others to follow Christ and hope they will see the life of Christ in us and hear from our hearts the truth about Jesus; we are called to do what God has directed us to do to reach the lost for His Kingdom. You and I are to live our lives according to the way God desires for us to live as we are led by the precious Holy Spirit who lives in us and guides us day by day.

My Sunday School lesson was about the body of Christ and being a part of the church. Some of you are here today and you may need a church home to invest your lives. Here is the proper place to give all you are for the family of God. Come be a part of our fellowship and the body of Christ at NABC.

If you are one of those today that has never received the Lord Jesus and are still living with your sin. Come surrender to Him and allow Him to give you forgiveness of your sin and a home of which to be a part.

Invitation

Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for. If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life. All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him. But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice. Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your belief in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you. He will call for a change in your life too. He wants you to follow Him, not the world, not your own desires, but to follow Jesus. That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life. Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus! You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you. Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is www.northandersonbaptist.com and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621. Dear friend if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above. If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you. It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you. This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.Pastor Bill Rigsby

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