Carbon Copy Christians

1Pe 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: The word for “example” is hypogrammos. It literally means “underwriting” & refers to a writing or drawing that a student reproduces by tracing. You see, in ancient times when they wanted […]

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Exemplary Employees

How many of you have ever worked a job you just absolutely hated? Maybe it was the kind of work you had to do which made it lousy, or the hours were crumby, or perhaps it was the boss, who was a real piece of work. And to be honest, if you didn’t have to […]

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Heavenly Conduct As Earthly Citizens

In 1 Peter 2:13-17, the apostle Peter teaches us how that we—as Christians, as followers of Jesus Christ—are to live-out our temporal earthly citizenship. Now, this may sound strange to some, but, as citizens of GOD’s eternal kingdom we are instructed to submit to earthly governments in such a way as to both please our […]

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Travelers On Trial

How can Christians, as a people now belonging to GOD, as royal priests, as members of a holy nation, as GOD’s own special people in this world, declare the Lord’s praises before the onlooking world in such a way that we impact their souls for eternity? Well, beginning in verse 11, Peter answers this question […]

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GOD’s Building Program – Part 1

In this message Pastor Marc discusses GOD’s building program. This program has been going on for nearly 2,000 years & it is still not finished. GOD is constantly adding stone by stone to this building as the years go on. This building program is underway right here on the earth, it’s the building up of […]

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Drink Your Milk

As children, many of us were continually reminded to drink our milk for its nutritional benefit to our physical growth. Well, Peter is basically going to tell believers the same thing about their spiritual development. Let me go ahead summarize these opening verses for you: Christians, just as a newborn baby craves milk for food, […]

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What’s Love Got To Do With It?

There was a very popular song in the 80’s entitled What’s Love Got to Do With It? That is probably what some of the readers were wondering when they came to verse 22 in Peter’s letter to them. What’s loving believers got to do with the doctrine of GOD’s salvation that’s just been described or […]

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The High Cost of Redemption

In this message  Pastor Marc discusses the feature of God’s  salvation known as Redemption. Why does man need to be redeemed? What is the purpose of God’s redemption? The word Redeem means to  purchase release  by paying a ransom, or to deliver by payment of a price.

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In the first 12 verses of first Peter chapter 1, Peter informs the believers of the wonderful details of GOD’s salvation. But, when he gets to verse 13, he makes a shift. He says in effect, “Now that you know all of these details & doctrines about salvation, this is how you ought to live […]

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In the first 12 verses of first Peter chapter 1, Peter informs the believers of the wonderful details of GOD’s salvation. But, when he gets to verse 13, he makes a shift. He says in effect, “Now that you know all of these details & doctrines about salvation, this is how you ought to live […]

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Our Great Salvation

The audience to whom Peter wrote this letter was suffering oppression & trials. They were scattered throughout Asia Minor because of persecution. And if you know anything about suffering, it causes your eyes to look downward. Suffering causes you to despair. You are weighed down with the heaviness of your situation or condition. Your focus […]

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Got Religion or a Relationship?

Do you have a real relationship with Jesus Christ or are you merely religious? If you answer, “Yes, I have a relationship with Jesus,” let me ask another question – “How do you know it is a personal relationship with the living Lord versus some religious experience or religious routine?” Now, I’m not trying to […]

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Trials: GOD’s Refining Fire

This morning we are going to talk about trials & how GOD uses them to refine His children. According to Nelson’s Bible Dictionary, a trial is an adversity, the enduring of which proves the merit of an individual’s faith. How is it that some believers can grow in their faith, worship GOD passionately, & remain […]

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The Hope of GOD’s Salvation

As we noted last week, Peter was inspired by GOD to write this letter to real people, who were living through real persecution, in real cities, scattered throughout the Roman Empire. I say that because a lot of people discount or disregard the Word of GOD’s sufficiency when life gets difficult for them. I remember […]

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Spiritual Anchor Bolts

This week we want to discuss how a believer firms up his faith upon his sure foundation. According to the National Building Code in America, homes must be anchored to their foundations. Why is that? To keep a structure from being uprooted, damaged, or perhaps destroyed in the event of adverse weather, floods, strong winds, […]

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A Heavenly Father

In the days of Jesus, the Pharisees & Scribes had devised such a legalistic system whereby one was to know GOD & enter His kingdom that it totally disfigured the character & nature of GOD. Well, Jesus came to earth to testify of the truth that men could be liberated from false religion & come […]

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Authentic Assurance

There’s not much preaching today on “assurance of salvation.” This is a strange phenomenon which has developed over the last several decades because the Apostles consistently addressed this subject in the 1st Century. In fact, the Apostle John devoted an entire letter to this matter. A believer’s assurance of salvation is so important that it […]

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Last Words

Last words are important. Down through history, every generation has been intrigued by the last words of others. Why? Because final words seem to create a lasting memory or provide extremely wise counsel. In this last message of our series, we’re going to look at some of the last words in the last chapter of […]

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