Lend Me Your Hope – Hope Beyond Bitterness
1 Peter 3:13-17
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
Question: How do you find hope in a world increasingly unfriendly toward Christianity?
- First, you find hope by knowing a general rule.
- Second, you find hope by applying a specific rule.
If enduring unfriendly treatment, consider yourself blessed.
If enduring unfriendly treatment, don’t panic or worry.
If enduring unfriendly treatment, acknowledge Christ as Lord.
If enduring unfriendly treatment, be ready to give witness.
If enduring unfriendly treatment, keep a good conscience.
Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
My Story: The 21st Century is increasingly unfriendly to the Christian way. Some may deny that this is so. Others may view every life difficulty as a personal attack on Christian faith. In which direction do you think Christians are more inclined to err? How about you?
- There is a general rule in verse 13, “who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?” Christians should not fear reprisal for doing good. In fact, believers should be zealous or passionate about such. Discuss.
- There is a specific rule in verse 14, “if you should suffer for righteousness sake.” Give examples for how believers may suffer for righteousness sake. What illustrations do you have from your own life?
- Peter describes a constructive approach toward suffering for righteousness in verse 15. When was the last time that you gave a reason for the hope that is in you? What was the outcome?
- Name three things that would have to happen to cause you to think that a person has honored Christ as Lord in his or her heart?
Taking it Home: Identify your circle of relationships with people “as yet unbelieving.” In the context of these relationships, ask God for opportunities to tell them the reason for the hope that is within you. Be prepared to respond. If no opportunities come, ask God, “Why?”
If you are visiting, we want to extend a special welcome to you, and we invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. On Saturday, Pastor Jeff will be available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, he and his wife, Mary, will meet you at the Welcome Center.
15 MINUTES TO CHANGE THE WORLD
We continue to gather on Sundays, 10:20 – 10:35 AM, in the Celebration Center for a time of prayer together leading up to Easter weekend. This is one way that we can prepare our hearts and ask for God’s leading in the days ahead. Do you want to change the world? It begins here. Join us during these special moments over the next few weeks.
WAR ROOM BOOKS AVAILABLE
We have copies of the two companion books to the War Room movie available for purchase. Fervent ($7.98) by Priscilla Shirer and The Battle Plan for Prayer ($10.29) by the Kendrick Brothers will further inspire you and teach you how to engage in life-changing prayer. Take advantage of the discounted bulk pricing and pick up your copies this week in the church office during regular business hours. Checks or exact change are appreciated, and any donations will help fund more events like this one!
CONVERGE ROCKY MOUNTAIN – SHOW SOME LOVE
Our conference, Converge Rocky Mountain, is asking its churches to come together to “Show Some Love” and make a special donation to their benevolence fund. This fund provides financial assistance to pastors, missionaries, chaplains, retirees and their families in times of crisis. We will be collecting for this fund at the back of the Celebration Center during our regular benevolent offering the first weekend in March.
LOST AND FOUND
Our Women of Faith small group will be cleaning out the Lost and Found and donating items left. Please take a moment to check that closet, located downstairs next to the elevator, this week. You’d be surprised how much gets left behind each weekend!
This past week DV8 Students took part in three separate events. The ladies went to the Alice in Wonderland ballet and the gentlemen held a Texas Hold’em tournament. We also had 23 students help the Mountain Area Pregnancy Center (MAPC). This service project was a giant success as students were able to help the MAPC move their offices and restructure their store, while learning more about the ministry of MAPC. This weekend, after services on Sunday, there is a parent meeting for DV8 Student Ministries. Join us to hear more about student involvement and plans!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MENU
Our menu this week features lasagna, salad and dessert for $2.50 per person or $10 per family. If you want to make connections with neighbors, maybe this is the way to do it – invite them to a meal!
FREEZER MEAL PREP
This ministry is in need of large plastic containers, such as yogurt or sour cream containers, for their next meeting on March 1. If you have any to donate, there will be a collection box located in the upstairs kitchen.
OVERNIGHT LODGING FOR MISSIONARIES
Do you have a spare guest bedroom that would be available for a night or two? Would you be able to host a guest missionary/couple who might temporarily be in the area? If you would like to share your home and show hospitality, please contact Ken Pfeiffer with your name, address, email address, sleeping capacity and max length of stay. Ken can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.457.3972.
JOB OPENING AT IDRAHAJE
IdRaHaJe, a Christian camp in Bailey (and one of our ministry partners) is looking to fill an immediate need. The position is for a year-round housekeeping supervisor. Candidates should visit their website at IdRaHaJe.org or call 303.838.5668 for further information.