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September 16, 2022 4:00 am
Sometimes we find ourselves facing but we can have trial bond together with the triumphant search the triumphant terms that's today's topic with Dr. Don Wilton well-known author advanced assembly professor and pastor I hope you open your heart to see what God can teach us all we had to first Peter chapter 1 discussing the triumphant church folks it's going to be so critical that you look at this as you always do when the people of the book of the Bible. I cannot overstress that to you during these weeks as we launch out into a Bible study God has put in my heart. God began to boom this into my heart some months ago. This incredible first epistle to Peter, and I want to say to you right up front I'm all seeking the Lord Jesus just to hide me, don't listen to me.
I'm just an instrument, but listen to what God sees through me. I want to speak God. Jesus what we're about to talk about. I cannot imagine anything more critical or more important, more relevant to us in our world today.
And I'm also going to tell you this is deep. You need to be prepared for this. This is a deep study my praying you pray for me. This is hardly a sentence or a word that I get through my study and I've spent hours doing this pouring my heart out before the Lord Jesus. This hardly any time that I feel like I need to be there for the next 12 weeks and I'm not being funny. I'm not trying to be cute or preachy. Everything that Dawn might say that the word of God is put in my heart there again to be so many applications that the Spirit is going to give to you. Listen to the spirit of God, my beloved congregation. Listen. Listen to what God has to say. Through his word.
I grapple with God's word but I want so desperately to grow to be more like the Lord Jesus in this series is entitled the triumphant church. This is going to be the best news we've ever heard and how much we need good news in today's world how much we need in our families, our nation.churches, our church, bringing up our sons and daughters education system all the social stuff that's going on. The changing norms. The Frates quandary of this world the triumphant church beloved congregation. I cannot make you listen to this.
But God by his spirit will give you a receptive heart awesome God the Spirit to do that for you. I promise you he will do it. Same spirit of God come upon me guide me in the truth. Show me I want to do it your way.
I want to live your way because people are in the way my feelings are in the way my countries in the way the governments in the way everybody knows better than God these days and Lotta people couldn't care less about God and his word. The triumphant church first Peter chapter 1 I read just the first few verses, Peter and apostle of Jesus Christ to those who are the elect exiles of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and by the near according to the foreknowledge of God the father in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ because of the sprinkling with his blood. My grace and peace be multiplied to you.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to his great mercy he is caused us to be born again into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. May the name of Jesus be glorified and made God by his spirit and his blessing and his understanding to the reading of his word. I'm going to try to help us understand in a very cursory way some simple truths again to go to full segments that are very easy to remember number one from was this written number 22 was this written number three by number for all who are the recipients what's the purpose I don't have to say this to a lot of historians here. I've had educators in my mind so much this week Avenue out all our wonderful teachers homeschool teachers and educators in moms and dads people that parse on knowledge. They know the history I do think it very pertinent just to say to all of us share the dates important to remember that as Peter.
This is the first letter of Peter as Peter wrote this dark clouds were everywhere. Dark clouds just take the oral phone or near rolling Nero's persecutions, the burning of Jerusalem in A.D. 64 alone. Imagine a city being raised to the ground.
The Terra that's when he wrote this facing his own imminent execution because he loved Jesus so let's unpack this a little bit from from whom did this letter, will the first obvious one is it's from Peter Betsy's name back peters names the first time they did everything backwards. Back in the time they just went quite as educated as we were. We always put it at the end love you mom so much. Your son Don. They put their name up front. This is from Peter.
Now we do that in memos today. If we are using computers and things, but just that was their way of doing Peter was from Peter. He was a servant tells us right there.
Apostle of Jesus Christ, one who had seen the risen Lord. So how much time do we have to talk about Peter this absolutely perfect Christian gentleman arrived, Peter. When I began to take a look at this as we always do. Just go back.
You've almost got ago when Jesus called them to forsake his needs.
I mean this man had experienced the whole gamut of life. He sold all Peter and apostle of Jesus. We also know that Peter was most likely the acknowledged leader who had something very real to say it based upon a real understanding of real life. But we do know that what he had to say was very spiritual. You can be a Christian man or lady with very real experiences, but that doesn't necessarily mean that what you say and do is spiritual.
That's why this is going to be about the triumphant church. I have to God that all the time because I go to human nature. We hold because we have a battle going on within us. Peter had the same using pictures spoke out of line. We know all about Peter. This man had summing everything to God used in can you imagine that God used them. So, from whom through Peter and secondly by the Holy Spirit in our second Timothy chapter 3 probably one of the most powerful verses of Scripture. And if you don't get this. Understand this openness and obey this and follow you need to. As a believer. This is our church. This is the church. This is believer second Timothy three verse 60.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and is profitable for teaching, for repute, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that the man or woman of God. Watch this may be complete and get this one be fully equipped to handle life did you get that all Scripture some people today even question that this is God's in fallible in parent word, the Bible, the best book to read is the Bible. It is God's complete Holy Spirit inspired word of the living God's is our authority. Love about our church. The Bible is the centerpiece on the mantelpiece in every life group enjoyed talking about football. Enjoy bantering about the camping trip. Enjoy prime but the syncope seeing everything what is the Bible say all Scripture is breathed out by God and it is the word profitable carries with it the idea easy in every way fully applicable.
100% in every way, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness in how to live. What is the spirit of God convicts us of sin, judgment and right justness. You hear this coming up in Peter holy because I'm holy. How do I do that with you. I go where will I find my marching orders.
How does God teach me teach me through his word for training in righteousness.
What is the in game here so that the person of God may be complete. I want to be complete. I want all the days of my life to matter for God. I want to be found faithful to God no matter what the circumstances, no matter what the matter how deeply grieved, no matter how horrible I feel no matter what circumstance I go through no matter what the government is doing. No matter what sin is going on. Want to be complete and in order to respond to my world in order to know how to bring up my children in order to deal with sin in order to face this world in which I live. I must be complete and fully equipped for every good work, so powerful. This is the word of God from whom. Given through Peter breathed by the spirit of God. So the second issue that we need to look at is to to whom is this addressed to the recipients lip. If you haven't had a clue yet. I think you know now.
He says something to those who are the elect exiles. Now let's just talk about this.
This is a huge subject and I'm going to be very brief and I ask you to beg my pardon, but we got on practice to that the elect exiles of the dispersion. Let's go backwards or write the dispersion the wood to disperse. If you disperse something what you do you spread it all out all over the place.
Does that sound like Christians in America were all over the place right. I know you and I look at each other in sight while wearing geniuses and women celebration will yeah that's us, but we we're everywhere you know that there are fellow Christians in smaller general did you stop to think they might've been some wonderful Christian man and woman in that hotel, I'm not thinking that all of the world. We are everywhere. Lenny right back here this something being saved here and the word that is used as the word exile nephew go and study the word exile and exile is somebody who lives somewhere that they don't actually belong right that he needs all they living somewhere that they don't actually they not from the word here really is a word stranger is a good use of the word because the best word that you get you get it in the King James version, but it's a it's the root word and it's the word median is that horrible did you know that you are an alien did you know that Jesus calls every Christian and a median exile, a stranger, I want you to just bear with me in this. I wait a minute I thought, I'm an American citizen.
In your case, not in my case, you born and raised to write you not Canadian that you gave your heart to Jesus, you became one because what God is about to show us that every believer does not actually belong to the norm of the world in which they live. Because the world hates Jesus. Jesus said that going to one John the Gospels do not. The Bible seizing John's Gospel in the first chapter he came to his own buddies own received him not. This is like a shocking thing.
Evidently Jesus wants us to understand something about what it means to be a Christian if you belong to Jesus you don't actually belong to the world. You cannot. You cannot serve God and man. It has to be one of the other you have to forsake one in order to accept and be part of the other. Jesus doesn't share his space is a powerful statement hearing Peter because he's establishing something is about to tell us how we got there. How that happened, so he sees here to well we are living aliens with strangers and we were living in a world full of suffering with is a meteoric clash between truth and error. Opposition aliens scorned. I'm praying today for our students who love Jesus. Yes there on that campus, but they aliens on the campus folks listen to God's word, every student who loves Jesus is never going to be fully accepted. How can they be strangers what the world's is and what Jesus is opposer part. Please forgive the interruption will be back in just a moment with the rest of today's message from Dr. Don Wilton Dr. Don Wilton to know the were here for you were taking your calls right now at 866-899-WORD with him to pray with you or connect with great resources 866-899-WORD 9673 or redesign our website TW online.org that's tewonline.org G you discover wonderful resources like this.
What an incredible privilege to be framed and tossed Dr. Billy Graham for so many years. That's why I have just written Saturdays with Billy. This is not a biography. It is my experience this most precious man who has changed my life and the lives thousands of people around the room you want to get a copy right now Saturdays with outback. Today's great teaching with Dr. Don Wilton on the message the triumphant church righteousness and unrighteousness have no fellowship stuff. That's a dilemma it's very hard that's what Peter he's lying God's laying the foundation for us. So, to whom is this written aid to us with cold living aliens who are scattered everywhere nonspecific to this he's talking about this region of Turkey Asia minor, Pontus and Galatia Cappadocia. These places that's where the church was scattered during this very difficult time in which Peter and the New Testament was written living aliens. Our designation identifies who God is talking to.
He says this is for you. He's looking at me any sign will pasta you you born again of the spirit of God is and clarified that he says you been born into a living hope this I have Lord Jesus, I belong to you will first thing I want you to know is you're an alien.
Your stranger urine exile and the second thing that he said is related to that is you not any living aliens, but you are in the world this is. This is where it gets very interesting, but it's so true, so he's addressing me as an alien, a stranger and exile living in exile as a stranger as an alien in the world. Jesus wants us to know that we not walking around with a blindfold around we actually all living in this world we actually all on that campus. We actually do have an office. We do have work to do. We do face seven. We do deal with hardship. We do struggle without health we living in this sinful world. We do have governments that do everything they can to remove everything about God from everything that we have. This is real. You are aliens because you belong to me and yet at the same time you are living in a cave.
By the way, I admire them greatly. But many of the monastic orders going back into the early centuries. They began out of that approach. I belong to God. My if you take someone like Francis of Assisi just I love reading about St. Francis of Assisi because he came out of such wealth. His father was one of the wealthy people of the town in the village and the community and he had such an encounter with the living God, and he said man I just can't do this. He just forsake gave it all up and went into a life of project poverty. He didn't even wear shoes again.
That's how far he went to apps seem to himself and God is scientist I'm not telling you to go on living in a cave. I'm telling you that you are living in your world. This is real stuff, but I'm about to show you how to appropriate this and take this as and to live righteously and be complete in him, so that your every action and your every work is going to be pleasing to the Lord Jesus all right from who Peter from room through the Holy Spirit to man you living aliens living in our world by some who did this come from now at Valley folks have you ever heard the word theology. That means that which is about God.
In these opening verses God lets us know and I'm going to put it into frameworks for you to understand today Sabbagh according to whose authority are these things being said according to whose authority is read you one verse chapter 2 in verse nine. Chapter 2 in verse nine will get there.
You are a chosen race, by the way you aliens look at me, strangers, fellow Christians listen to word you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation get this a people for his own possession in order that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into marvelous light. Let's have fun doing this. Folks, let's have joy.
This is why our future is so incredible. This is what we've got to look forward to.
This is why tomorrow is going to be so much greater than we could ever imagine. This is what our sons and daughters of God to look forward to because our whole world is filled with all me.
What we do know the triumphant church, by the divine knowledge of God is the authority which come from. It came from the divine knowledge of God. What is that mean in a simple to it means all credit goes to God the father.
Somebody say amen everything goes to God. You and I constrained all day trying to explain. It begins with God. It ends with God any further questions the beginning God Genesis 1 verse one is one of the most powerful statements that that you and I can ever imagine. In the beginning, and I've seen a million times when was the beginning it was in the beginning you will find yourself growing busy trying to figure out the profound mystery of an eternal holy and righteous God's faith is the Damond of God, our heavenly father through the Holy Spirit to accept that God is God and give it to him and him completely powerful teaching from Dr. Don Wilton today on what it ultimately means to be triumphant and to gather together as the body of Christ, the triumphant church God has called you and me not to the particular church you go to her. I go to church.
You drove by earlier today, God is calling us to a community where we come together, live together grow together. Lives are changed for eternity. Perhaps you have opportunity to talk with someone I want someone to pray with you where here at 866-899-WORD anytime. Are you ready to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ. Why don't you pray this prayer with me right now. Dear God, I know that on the center and I know that Jesus died for me on the cross today, I repent of my sin and by faith I receive you into my heart. In Jesus name, my friend. I welcome you today into the family of God. This is exciting news.
Welcome to the family of God. I'm confident some of you were praying along with Dr. Milton. Moments ago to give your life to Christ or we dedicate your life to Jesus know that Dr. Don would love to pray for you and put some free resources in your hands that will help you grow in your faith. If you call and share decision at 866-899-WORD will send these free resources out right away can call us at 866-899-9673, and we would love to pray with you and pray for you Dr. Donald love to pray for you. We also can connect on our website as well. Will you find tremendous resources like the human about the book of martyrs ultimate sacrifice like it's all on our website TE W online.org and while you're there, be sure and sign up for the daily Encouraging Word email… It's all there at TEW online