In Deuteronomy 6:10-25 Moses exhorts the people of God to remember Him even when they become prosperous in the promised land. It is always a temptation to turn away from God when tempted. It is easy to pray to God to receive something, receive it, and then forget to return thanks to God and think that we have procured the things we have through our own strength.
Peter’s last word on suffering in 1 Peter 5:6-14 is about God’s great power in the midst of suffering. How does an understanding of God’s infinite power influence the way a Christian suffers? Peter addresses this theme with respect to the believer’s relationship to God and Satan. Humble yourself before God in light of God’s power; resist the devil in light of God’s power.
How is love for God maintained in the world? Deuteronomy 6:4-5 gives an overview of the message of the Bible. God has entered into a saving covenant relationship with his people through Christ, and the duties of those in covenant with God center on loving Him. How are the message of the gospel and the duty to love God perpetuated? In Deuteronomy 6:6-9 Moses teaches that it is primarily in the family that this is accomplished. Love for God is maintained insofar as Christians have godly homes.
Does your godliness in suffering include submission to elders in the church? One thing that is clear in 1 Peter is that Christians need to suffer in a godly way. This includes within the church, particularly in the way elders serve and the way members relate to elders. In 1 Peter 5:1-5 Peter gives a charge to elders and members explaining what the duties of each are.
There is no way to overstate the importance of Deuteronomy 6:1-5. Verse 4 is the great summary of redemption on which verse 5 develops the most succinct statement of the entire duty God requires of man, but what do these verses mean? Here Pastor Grasso shows that God is calling his people to exclusive fidelity to him because of salvation and that love for God is to pervade every area of life.
This past election season was the most contentious in recent history. The country seems to be divided over different ideologies and goals for the country. How should Christians think about such things? Does the Bible address things like Socialism? How should Christians respond to difficult elections? All of these questions are addressed in this sermon on Psalm 146 where the Psalmist reminds us that we do not put our hope in princes.
In 1 Peter 4:12-19 Peter tells Christians not to be surprised by suffering. It is normal for Christians; however, he also explains why a Christian should rejoice in suffering: in suffering you are brought closer to Christ; you have the blessing of the Spirit, and you will be vindicated by God on the last day. This vindication assumes faithfulness to Christ. Judgment will begin with the household of God.
In Deuteronomy 5:1-21 Moses records the famous Ten Commandments summed up by Christ as loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and loving our neighbor as ourselves. These commands form the basis for all godly living, but they are not just commands. They are rooted in the gospel in that the gospel provides the motivation and ability to keep them.
In 1 Peter 4:7-11 Peter says that the end of all things is near. How then should you live? Peter gives the implications of this reality by explaining the way Christians should treat one another in light of this truth, namely, in prayer, love, showing hospitality, and exercising their gifts for the good of others all to the glory of God.
Understanding the law can be difficult, but it remains an important part of the Christian’s life. In this passage in Deuteronomy 4:41-49, cities of refuge are established east of the Jordan and the law is introduced. This transitional passage, wrapping up the historical review section and preparing for the giving of the law, teaches important aspects about the law of God for the Christian.