Call To Die

Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Sunday, May 06, 2012

Sermon Notes from "In Fear of God Alone: How Blood-Bought Children Live in Exile." Sermon by Mitch Chase.

[From the 10:45AM service this morning at Kosmosdale Baptist Church.]

1 Peter 1:17-21.

I. Introduction: "You are to live in fear."

A. "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom."

B. You should "conduct yourselves with fear."

C. There is no contradiction between fearing the LORD and the 'fear not' passages.

II. Fear the LORD in dealing with the future.

A. God is the Judge of the world.

B. "Faith without works is dead."

C. We will receive according to our works, but so will the unbeliever.

D. "The Father judges impartially."

III. Fear the LORD in considering the past.

[The "fear" here seems to be a fear of ingratitude for so great a sacrifice, and a fear of wasting our lives by living in accordance with the sins from which we have been saved.]

A. We have been redeemed from "a futile way of living."

B. To live in vanity is to waste your life.

C. "He compares [our redemption] to the Passover."

D. Christ's sacrifice was not God's Plan B, but it was "always God's plan" from before creation.

E. God operates in His timetable according to His decree.

IV. Conclusion

A. "You should trust Jesus."

B. "You should live for Christ, or you will waste your life."

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