Pastor David Cay
Pastor Enoch Chee
I believe as Christians we have a secret weapon for the best possible relationships, and that secret weapon is our relationship with God. Our relationship with God gives us resources that nobody else has. And we take these resources to build great relationships that will increase our quality of life and strengthen us to help people. Our relationships can be so good that other people will want what we have, and we’ll be able to tell them our secret is Jesus. So it’s really important as Christians to get our relationships right.
My big idea today is, we can build every relationship around God. That’s the secret.
We can build every relationship with God whether the other person wants to cooperate or not. If The other person doesn’t want to cooperate, we can have God-centered independence. And if the other person does want to cooperate, we can have God-centered partnership.
Pastor David Cay
How does God want us to represent him? This is a very important question because God has put us on Earth to represent him. This is what it means to be made in the image of God: we represent and mirror God to this world.
So if we take this role seriously, it’s the greatest thing we can do for other people – showing God’s love for them and also great for ourselves. But like almost everything it doesn’t come easily, which is why the Bible keeps encouraging us to keep going.
Our Bible passage today was written to people who were a lot like us – they were a minority in a culture that didn’t believe the same things as them. So Peter’s instructions to them also applies to us as well.
According to our passage, the first key to representing God well is to:
- Excel in doing good
- Honour everyone
Pastor Tim Nguyen
Love is the difference between a great life and a terrible one. Between a blessed life and one full of regret. Love is all that God asks of us and as Christians, we are marked by it. Like that one song says, “They will know we are Christians by your love”. And yet, we come across many Christians and even moments where we ourselves are very unloving.
So our experience tells us that love is not automatic. Which brings us to our main Bible passage, because our passage teaches us how to grow in love. We’ll learn that if we want to grow in love:
1. We need to FIGHT
2. We need to DRINK.
It kind of just sounds like I’m describing a very toxic relationship but to be more precise: we fight the evil inside of us, and we drink what Apostle Peter calls spiritual milk.
Pastor David Cay
A race, or a marathon, can be a metaphor to describe the Christian life. It can be hard and painful sometimes. Our walk with God will have struggles like we have to give up our comfort to follow him. There are times when we struggle with sin and temptation. It can be really frustrating that a lot of us just want to quit.
This week we are starting a new sermon series in 1st Peter. This book was written to people who were going through hard times. The surrounding culture was mistreating them because they were Christians. They were wrestling with the personal cost of following Jesus and they wanted to quit.
Peter writes this letter to encourage the church and implores them to keep going despite the trials they are facing.
My question today is: Why should we pay the price to follow Jesus? Our Bible passage tells us that it worth it because:
- God’s plan is better than our plan
- The only way to follow God’s plan is to pay the price