From Mars Hill’s blog…
Posted: 28 Apr 2009 10:03 AM PDT
1 Peter 4:12–19 represents the culmination of Peter’s teachings regarding suffering as a magnificent opportunity to grow as a worshiper of Jesus Christ. This passage includes three statements about worship: “rejoice” (v. 13); “rejoice and be glad” (v. 13); “glorify God” (v. 16).
In suffering, our worship and our identity are tested. Suffering is a trial (v. 12). Peter identifies five reasons why this is cause for worship.
1. Worship God Because You Are Loved (1 Pet. 4:12)
2. Worship God Because Glory is Coming (1 Pet. 4:13)
3. Worship God Because the Spirit Rests Upon You (1 Pet. 4:14)
For Christians, the same Spirit that rested upon Christ is resting upon you (Matt. 3:16). Christians may be insulted by the…
4. Worship God Because You Are A Christian (1 Pet. 4:15–16)
5. Worship God Because Suffering Is For Your Good (1 Pet. 4:17–19)
1. Suffering Exposes Our Idols
Three kinds of idols (source: Tim Keller):
2. Suffering Helps Us Do Good
- Fill my Suburban with cheap Arco gas and drive really fast.
- Start a tire fire in my fireplace.
- Burn ants with a magnifying glass (we actually did this yesterday!)
- Cut down that ugly tree in the backyard… then burn it.
- Throw my empty Pepsi can in the garbage.
- Leave the faucet on the entire time I brush my teeth.
- Dig a large hole and fill it with diapers, styrofoam cups, and computer monitors.
- Under-inflate my tires.
- Dismantle my catalytic converter.
- Poke holes in the ozone.
- Use plastic bags.
- Invent ways to melt the Polar Ice Caps.
- Walk around WITHOUT sunscreen.
- Leave the lights on.
- Increase, Buy New, Throw Away.
Happy Earth Day! Bunch of hippies…
Awhile ago, a friend and I got into a discussion about whether people can be saved WITHOUT the name of Jesus. You know the argument: what happens to the guy deep in the heart of Africa – is he just destined for hell, unless someone comes and shares the gospel with him? My answer is that yes, he is condemned to hell unless he hears and accepts the Gospel. This isn’t just what I think, it’s what the Apostle Paul says in a few spots, and the Apostle Peter says in Acts 4:12.
Here’s another perspective on this topic from the folks at Desiring God:
Posted: 21 Apr 2009 11:50 PM PDT
(Author: Tyler Kenney)
These words from Acts 4:12 filled the screen in worship as we sang "There Is No Other Name." And it struck me again how incredibly exclusive they are.
I thought to myself, "Man, what a strong thing to say! In singing this, I’m immediately dismissing every other religion in the world. If they could hear me, no doubt I’d offend billions of people."
Paul commands the Corinthians,
So why would I sing something in worship to Christ that I know is causing others (who I want to be saved!) to be offended?
Offense is only one result of my singing, not the aim. I’m not singing in order to make other people upset. Nor am I trying to gloat over them or "seek my own advantage."
We sing "no other name" because it is the truth. And we sing it with joy because it glorifies our Savior. It is a beautiful expression of his worth and our love for him. And to refrain from singing it so as not to offend others would instead be an offense to him.
We show more love for others than we do for Christ if we don’t say that his is the only name by which men can be saved. And that’s wrong! Jesus is our first love.
We shouldn’t stop singing humble, honest lyrics to our Savior that happen to offend others. But with our singing, we must also spread the good news that no one needs to remain offended. God is still gathering a choir of people reconciled to him from every tribe and tongue.