Humility

5/3/15

Jamie Haguewood

Text: I Peter 5:5-7

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A humble Christ-centered life among believers is an essential element in the local fellowship, and also serves as a testimony to an unbelieving world. Thus, the act and attitude of humility should be the normal way of life for each believer in the Christian assembly. Specifically, humility should govern our attitude toward our elders as well as toward one another. The key to having this be our godly testimony is how we view the greatness and holiness of God. While we are challenged by Christ’s example of humility we must realize that the only way we can achieve this level of spiritual maturity is by a Spirit-filled life while abiding in Christ.

The Blessings of Being a Christian

11/9/14

Jamie Haguewood

Text: I Peter 2:1-8

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Christ is the most precious treasure a believer can posses. We are commanded to lay aside our old nature, but what shall take its place? Christ Jesus, Who builds us up as living stones – a spiritual house. He is the foundation from which our new life in Christ flows.

Puritan Thomas Goodwin once said:

“Oh, let Him be to each of us our Beloved! If He be God’s Beloved, He may as well be thine. Is He able to satisfy God’s vast thoughts; and is He not able to satisfy thee, poor creature? God Himself is satisfied and at rest in Him.”

Mr. Haguewood’s sermon will continue in the book of I Peter.  I Peter 2:1-8

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Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord [is] gracious. Coming to Him [as to] a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God [and] precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.” Therefore, to you who believe, [He is] precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,” and “A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. – 1 Peter 2:1-8 NKJV

Hope and Holiness

9/14/14

Jamie Haguewood

Text: I Peter 1:13-25

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We are called to live holy lives unto our Lord. We will examine what a holy life looks like and also examine what the motivating factors are that should give us a desire to be separated unto the Lord. Many times when we speak of holiness we get loaded down with burdensome ideas and man-centered legalistic “holiness.” Peter leaves us with a sure delight in our beautiful Lord Jesus, who is our joy and crown. I Peter 1:13-25

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13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest [your] hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, [as] in your ignorance;

15 but as He who called you [is] holy, you also be holy in all [your] conduct,

16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay [here] in fear;

18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, [like] silver or gold, from your aimless conduct [received] by tradition from your fathers,

19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.

20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you

21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,

23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,

24 because “All flesh [is] as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away,

25 But the word of the LORD endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

Christian Suffering

8/17/14

Jamie Haguewood

Text: I Peter 1:1-12

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Suffering is something that most people are familiar with. Many deal with the question of “why” sorrow and sadness enter their lives. God has given us valuable encouragement in 1 Peter 1. Under Divine inspiration Peter wrote to encourage the persecuted Christians in what is now modern Turkey. He encouraged them to be hopeful by looking back at the foundational facts of God’s good plan of salvation for them through the real events of the cross and the resurrection. Peter built upon the past work of Christ when he encouraged them to look to the future when their faith would be made whole at the revelation of Jesus Christ. He also encouraged them to look at the big picture in God’s story of redemption.

When we look at the topic of suffering from the Word of God we will be able to know the answers to the question of why is there so much suffering in the world; we will also see how our Lord takes our personal suffering and uses it for our good and for His glory. 1 Peter 1:1-12

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[1Pe 1:1-12 NKJV]

1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

2 elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.

3 Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,

5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials,

7 that the genuineness of your faith, [being] much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,

8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see [Him], yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,

9 receiving the end of your faith–the salvation of [your] souls.

10 Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace [that would come] to you,

11 searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.

12 To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven–things which angels desire to look into.