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04-17-16 Arm Yourselves with Christ’s Way of Thinking

Arm Yourselves with Christ’s Way of Thinking

1 Peter 4:1-6

 Earlier in this letter, Peter wrote, “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.” (1:13-15) Through the lens of suffering for the sake of Christ, Peter returns to this insight of right thinking.

The Battle is Our Human Passions against the Will of God

I want versus what God wants

Evil, bad, okay, and even good versus what is best

Cravings of the flesh versus yearning of the spirit

Immediate pleasure versus delayed gratification

Every Battle Has an Endgame

We all will give account to the judge of the living and the dead

Christ offers life

Suffering is Part of the Path to Victory

Count the cost and treasure Christ

Choose (mind/thinking) to yield to suffering for Christ


Embrace the motivation of Christ

“Look to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)


Allow suffering to shape and refine faith in Christ

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