Elect Exiles p. 1 -[ 1 Peter 1:1-2] [Sunday Online Service 3/22/2020 - John Nichols

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NOTES: ELECT EXILES Starting a study for next couple of months. 1 Peter 1:1-2 Because of the time we are in right now in the world, we can streamline a study that we normally would not have an opportunity to do. We will continue this study on Wednesday night and again on Sunday morning. Every time we get together over the next several weeks. My hope and prayer is that we would laser focus on this study the next few weeks. I am convinced God has got something for us in the whole Bible but particularly in this study of 1 Peter particularly in the time we are in right now. I’m excited about that. Use this opportunity over the next Sundays and Wednesdays as we assemble together in this way in spirit to study this powerful word God has for us. What do we do with everything we see in the news? Stock market up and down, reading newspapers, not knowing what we can trust, this agency has these statistics, restaurants are closing down, etc. We are living in an unprecedented time. There’s no doubt about that. For the church and our generation……How do we handle everything? What do we do with it? As a preaching minister, as a teaching minister, as a minister, I don’t have all the answers. And you need to know that. I don’t. I don’t have all the answers. My prayer has been, ”God, I have faith. Give me more faith!” And I hope that you will pray that with me. Maybe you have been a follower of Jesus for a really long time. And you’re just having trouble reconciling everything you’ve seen because hey, give yourself a break, you’ve never seen any of this before. You’re concerned and you don’t know what the expression of that faith looks like. I want you to take a breath. And I want you to be patient with yourself. It’s ok. Maybe you’re asking, “God, what are you doing? I don’t understand.” But maybe you’re watching this and you’re a follower of Jesus or maybe you haven’t been a follower of Jesus for a very long time. First of all, I want to thank you for watching this. I want to welcome you into this forum of discussion and forum of study. Thank you. Thank you for being here. I don’t believe that you are here by chance and I believe there is something powerful that is going to happen for you. But you’re trying to make sense of everything. You’re seeing and you’re feeling –and you don’t know,,,,what do I do with all of these feelings? I don’t know what to do with it. It’s important to acknowledge what we’re going thru. If one thing is true that I have been reminded of in a practical way over the last couple of weeks it has been this: The Lord Jesus has never advocated for his people to bury their heads in the sand. We need to acknowledge what we are going through. God the Father, the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ have never and will never encourage you to just pretend like reality isn’t reality. But they will challenge reality. I want you to know that there is specific truth. Sometimes we settle for generic truth, we settle for surface-level truth…we settle for truth that sounds true enough but doesn’t actually touch our circumstance. Because you’re probably asking right now, “What do I do with everything I’m seeing? I need some specific truth. I need some deep truth right now. And I want to tell you don’t settle for general truth. Don’t settle for the surface-level stuff that sometimes we often settle for. I want you to know that God’s people have endured hardships and difficulties of all shapes and sizes and forms for thousands of years. God’s people have dealt with hardships and God has always revealed something to those people through his Word for their specific circumstance. Truth that can help them endure their specific circumstance. And so while God may not have a specific word on the Corona virus, he has a specific word for our time and how we endure. God has always offered DAILY GRACE. My prayer over the last couple of days, over the last couple of weeks, has just been, “God give me the d

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