Lectionary Year A
April 7, 2002
1 Peter 1:3-9
Step VI: Contemporary Address
(JFC) Thesis statement:God knows us, acts for us and
INTRODUCTION - "You've got mail". A letter addressed to the believers in the
pews of wherever it is preached. Here, it's a small town Presbyterian
I. Grace and Peace come to this congregation via God's foreknowledge, the
Spirit's sanctification and Jesus' sacrificial death. Careful of modalism!
II. God's mercy gives us new life full of hope based on Christ's
resurrection. Easter was just a week ago. Review some of Easter's
sermon's salient points. God's mercy was a major theme in the pre-Easter
III. God's power protects us even through life's various momentary and
distressing tensions. Keenly observing life surely could reveal some
examples of distressing stresses some currently suffer and could prove
effectively illustrative if we vigilantly avoid betraying any confidences,
IV. These divine acts and ideas God has of us, move us to worship, praise,
honor, love and believe in Christ, as invisible as He is. Let's show Him.
Conclusion: Belief leads to concluding the sermon with suggesting how to
live up to God's evaluations and expectations as we go
and share this Good News.
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