1 Peter 4:10-11 ~ Making It Clear: The Spiritual Gifts of Prophecy, Teaching, and Exhortation ~ Pastor Bill Slabaugh
Think about this before your next post on Face Book:
When talking about spiritual gifts, the Apostle Peter writes, “Whoever speaks is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God (1 Peter 4:11). Here we see the absolute importance of the Word of God, the Bible, in all that we say or write. This doesn’t just apply to those who are gifted speakers and writers, but it applies to all of us who name the name of Christ. In that we should never give counsel, advice, or an opinion apart from God’s Word. When we speak, we shouldn’t be voicing our own opinions and philosophies about life. We should be speaking the utterances of God.
When you speak for Christ and about Christ, base your words on Scripture not on your own opinions. You will be forever relevant if you do. And you will never lack for a message, whether it’s in teaching a Sunday School class, or coming along side to give encouragement to someone who is hurting or struggling, or even posting on Face Book. And who wouldn't want to be relevant on Face Book?
1 Peter 4:9-11 ~ The Holiday Gifts: The Spiritual Gifts of Hospitality, Giving, and Craftsmanship ~ Pastor Bill Slabaugh
When it comes to the holiday season, those with the spiritual gifts of Hospitality, Giving, and Craftsmanship are in their element. They are in their grove as it were in their service and blessing to others. Even though it’s not just during the holidays that that bless other with their giftedness, the holidays give them a wonderful opportunity to uniquely serve and minister.
America's Best Citizens! It is true biblically and historically that when Christians sanctify Christ as Lord in their hearts, they are the best citizens any nation has--including Rome and the United States of America. This timely message will give you hope in this unfair world.
1 Peter 2:13-20 ~ Maintaining Hope In an Unfair World: Submitting for the Lord’s Sake ~ Pastor Bill Slabaugh
How are we to respond when we are treated unfairly or harshly? The apostle Peter shows us that if we truly want to make a difference in this world for Jesus Christ and His kingdom, it depends upon our godly response. And in one word, that response is to "submit." "Submit yourselves for the Lord's Sake."
1 Peter 2: 13-25 ~ Maintaining Our Hope In an Unfair World: The Role of Suffering ~ Pastor Bill Slabaugh
With the political season in full swing, we need to understand the Christian's response and responsibility in politics and government. Of all things, according to the apostles of Jesus Christ, it begins with suffering. Greg Foster has written, "To this day the church remains an institution designed to serve a politically persecuted religion." This message is the first in a series about Christianity and politics.
Just this week, the Rev. Billy Graham warned American churches, "Prepare for Persecution." This message begins a new series in Peter's first letter called, "Hope in Shaky Times." What ever your shaky times and circumstances are, "What does it mean to have a living hope?" When we face trouble and distress, what does it mean to have a hope that is fully grounded in Jesus Christ? Peter is uniquely qualified to speak of hope in a way that instills hope and confidence in Christ, no matter what we are going through.