In this sermon, Pastor Neil urges to go forward in love– praying for each other, loving each other, showing hospitality, and using our gifts to serve others. Here are some excerpts:

Serving Others

To go forward in your life as a follower of Jesus, you must use your gift(s) to serve others. Notice verses 10 and 11: “Each of you should use whatever gift (charisma) you have received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If you speak, do it as one speaking the very words of God. If you serve, do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.”

Use Your Spiritual Gifts

Every believer in Christ has received some spiritual gift – some charisma – to be used in God’s service for the glory of God and for the good of others. We have talked about thisbefore. To not use the gift(s) God has given you, or to use your gift(s) for selfish purposes, is sin. It is essential for your spiritual health and well-being, and for the health and well-being of the church, that you use the gift(s) God has given you in ministry. You must not be content to be a spiritual consumer who desires only to receive what the church has to offer without investing personally in the church’s ministry.

How Should We Then Live?

Since the end of all things is near, it is all the more important to use what God has given you for His purposes in the church and the world… How should we then live?

  1. Keep calm and carry on in a spirit of prayer.
  2. Love each other deeply.
  3. Show hospitality to one another.
  4. Use your gifts to serve others.

Until you draw your last breath, or until Jesus returns – whichever comes first – make your life count for the Lord Jesus Christ by taking these four admonitions to heart and working them out in your life, “so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” All the glory belongs to Him.

September 2, 2018

1 Peter 4:7-11

Dr. Neil Smith

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