Sustaining Hope In A Hostile World
Part 1 - Welcome to the Exile
September 13, 2020 • Whit Lewis
As Christians we are exiles in a world where we don't belong. Are we ready and willing to live this exiled life? Following Jesus as an exile is costly and challenging. Is it worth it? He stands ready with the grace and peace we need for the opposition that we are facing.
Part 2 - Reasons for Hope While Living Uncomfortably
September 20, 2020 • Whit Lewis, Senior Pastor
What, or better yet, Who is our reason for hope? In part 2 of the EXILES series Bro. Whit preaches about our "Reason for Hope While Living Uncomfortably." Jesus conquered death and has secured our future as His followers. He is our reason for HOPE.
Part 4 - Getting in Gear
October 11, 2020 • Whit Lewis, Senior Pastor
Do you suffer from a holiness deficiency? 1 Peter 1:13-25 challenges us, as followers of Christ, to a call of holiness. Let's look at how we can "Get in Gear" for His calling on our lives. Getting in Gear 1 Peter 1:13-25 Steps to Getting in Gear: 1. Get Ready 2. Set Your Hope • What must happen in your life for you to feel like God loves you and is keeping His promise to you? 3. Do Not Look Back • What do I continue to run back to? 4. Be Different 5. Stand Amazed 6. Love Extravagantly Why? You have been born again
Part 5 - Alone in the Exile?
October 18, 2020 • David Windham, Executive Pastor
Are we alone in the Exile? 1 Peter 2:1-12 We are part of: 1. An ever-changing community A. Putting off sin (sanctification) – 2:1 B. Nourished on the pure spiritual milk of God’s Word (vv. 2-3) C. Focused on Jesus (who is our standard of holiness) (vv.4-8) – Together, We are being built up in Christ 2. Proclaiming the excellencies of our wonderful Savior A. We boast of who we are in Christ! B. We boast of who Jesus is (He is the one who called us out of darkness!) C. What does the Lord Jesus Christ mean to you? 3. Conducting ourselves in honor as we await His coming kingdom A. We remember we are sojourners and exiles (aliens/strangers)—our home is elsewhere. B. We abstain from the passions of the flesh which wage war against our souls. C. We engage the world around us in honorable conduct.
Exiles Part 6 - Christ or Comfort
November 8, 2020 • Whit Lewis, Senior Pastor
Christ or Comfort 1 Peter 2:18-25 Significant Principles on Suffering: 1. You have been called to suffer a. Willingness is born out of worship b. Works grace into our heart c. Witness to a watching world 2. Jesus is your example in suffering 3. Jesus is your substitute in suffering At moments of unjust suffering, we discover who we worship: Christ or Comfort
EXILES Part 7 - Missional Marriage
November 15, 2020 • Whit Lewis, Senior Pastor
We often talk of missions as being an event or trips somewhere. In Part 7 of the Exiles series from 1 Peter, Bro. Whit calls us to understand that our home is our first mission field! Missional Marriage 1 Peter 3:1-7 November 15, 2020 A Word for Wives: • Her actions speak louder than her words o Submissive practice o Silent preaching • Her adornment is her gentleness, not her jewelry • Her admiration is more Biblical than conventional A Help for Husbands: • Consideration is essential • Cooperation is practical o A husband should promote honor o A husband should provide strength o A husband should pledge companionship • Division is unprofitable Conclusions • Husbands, out serve your wife • Wives, observe your husband’s leadership • Together, may the glory of God be the aim of your marriage
Exiles Part 8 - Wasting Time or Making Time Count
November 22, 2020 • Whit Lewis, Senior Pastor
HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU HAVE LEFT? There is a certain currency of time allotted to each of us. How will you spend the time you have left? Wasting Time or Making Time Count 1 Peter 4:1-6 Four principles guaranteed to make the time you have left really count: I. Eliminate your sin II. Enjoy God’s will III. Enough with your past IV. Engage the lost
Exiles Part 9 - The Lion King
November 29, 2020 • Whit Lewis, Senior Pastor
As your enemy prowls, how will you prepare? We have a real enemy seeking to destroy and devour us. In the conclusion of our EXILES series, Pastor Whit challenges us to recognize and face our enemy while remembering that Jesus is the ultimate LION KING who has ultimately conquered the enemy. The Lion King 1 Peter 5:6-11 I. You have an enemy II. Your enemy has a plan III. Your enemy is active IV. Your enemy cannot be ignored A. Our inner weaponry B. Our outer weaponry