15 August 2020
The Good Life in a Hostile World by Sean de Kock Opening Prayer Psalm 34 Of David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left. 1 I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. 2 I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. 3 Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. 4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. 6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. 7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Song: Christ is Mine Forevermore
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Prayer by Estelle Stambolie
Praying for the Nations: Mewati Peoples in Pakistan If you would like more information on the people group we as a church are praying for each week. Visit our Praying for the Nations page.
Song: Show us Christ
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Bible Reading by Koketso Mogwera [1 Peter 3:8-22]
The Good Life in a Hostile World 1 Peter 3:8-22 …behind enemy lines 1. Christians must have radically different relationships
Toward one another
Towards those who do evil
Motivation (Psalm 34)
2. Serve Christ! Even if it means suffering (v13-22)
If you suffer for doing good you are blessed!
Always be ready to give a reason for the hope you have
Motivation: look to the Jesus’ pattern
Jerusalem – CHORD – C (SS)Download Closing Prayer 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10 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. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. – 1 Peter 5:8-11 Discussion Questions
Which of the qualities in verse 8 do we find hard to live out?
What would it look like to bless those who do evil towards us rather than taking revenge?
How can we encourage one another as we face suffering for doing good?
How can we actively make sure we are prepared to “give a reason for the hope we have”?
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