Exiles Living for Home: Part 2

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Part 2 of a 5 part look at 1 Peter 1:13-2:3 as Pastor Mark continues our walk through 1 Peter.  Peter has moved from the “is” of the expectant hope that Christians have as exiles to the “ought.”  We are spending the next several messages in 1 Peter talking about a series of commands giving a broad look at how we should live for home.  Today focuses in on 1 Peter 1:14-16.

Exiles Living for Home: Part 1

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Part 1 of a 5 part look at 1 Peter 1:13-2:3 as Pastor Mark continues our walk through 1 Peter.  Peter moves from the “is” of the expectant hope that Christians have as exiles to the “ought.”  We will spend the next 5 messages in talking about a series of commands giving a broad look at how we should live for home.  Today focuses in on 1 Peter 1:13.

Exiles Longing for Home

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1 Peter is a book for exiles longing to be home.  Christians are resident aliens in this world.  In 1 Peter are words of comfort and exhortation as Christians expectantly long for home and live for home as God’s living household built on the chief cornerstone: Jesus Christ.  Pastor Mark’s sermon on 1 Peter 1:1-2 sets the tone for our walk through 1 Peter.  Originally preached on May 6, 2018.

The Great Church Builder

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Pastor Mark’s inaugural sermon as the new teaching pastor of Grace Evangelical Church.  Mark reminds us that Jesus is the head of His church, and that He is the one who oversees her life and health.  It is the responsibility of a pastor, that is an under-shepherd, to direct his fellow congregants to Jesus the great Shepherd.

Originally preached on 04/29/2018

Does God Accept Who We Are?

One of the mantras of our day and age is that God accepts who we are.  This is usually done to get people to stop addressing behaviors in which we might be engaged.  However, God does NOT accept who we are. Who we are is just plain not good enough because it’s a tainted version of humanity. We lost our authentic humanity when, in Adam, we ate a piece of fruit we were commanded not to. We’re now sinners. He accepts who His Son is, however. He, the man Jesus Christ, the Word (who is both with God and is God) who BECAME flesh, succeeded where we failed. In Him, and only in Him, we find acceptance with God. That’s the beauty of the Gospel. We have the promise of that authentic humanity restored in the hope (expectation) of the resurrection. In justification we have both the removal of our guilt from us and the application of Jesus’ righteousness to us.  We have a taste of that glorious hope of finally being freed from the very presence of sin in our sanctification. All of which is secured by that same Jesus in His life, death, and resurrection!!! I thank God for His grace freely given which was lavished upon us.

–Mark

Originally published at http://www.gsccdallas.org