Posts by John Longmire (Page 2)

Posts by John Longmire (Page 2)

Suffering for Christ Should Not Surprise Us – 1 Peter 4:12-18

Dear friends, don’t be surprised when the fiery ordeal comes among you to test you as if something unusual were happening to you. Instead, rejoice as you share in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may also rejoice with great joy when his glory is revealed. If you are ridiculed for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. Let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief,…

Keeping the End in Focus – 1 Peter 4:7-11

The end of all things is near; therefore, be alert and sober-minded for prayer. Above all, maintain constant love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God. If anyone speaks, let it be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, let it be from the strength God…

Being Finished with Sin – 1 Peter 4:1-6

Therefore, since Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same understanding—because the one who suffers in the flesh is finished with sin— in order to live the remaining time in the flesh no longer for human desires, but for God’s will. For there has already been enough time spent in doing what the Gentiles choose to do: carrying on in unrestrained behavior, evil desires, drunkenness, orgies, carousing, and lawless idolatry. They are surprised that you don’t join…

The Example of Christ’s Suffering – 1 Peter 3:18-22

For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, in which he also went and made proclamation to the spirits in prison who in the past were disobedient, when God patiently waited in the days of Noah while the ark was being prepared. In it a few—that is, eight people—were saved through water. Baptism,…

Suffering for Doing Good – 1 Peter 3:13-17

This week we will focus on hope in suffering. Everyone has suffered in some fashion, but to suffer for Christ has special meaning. Peter helps us to understand such suffering from God’s perspective and embrace a victorious attitude that will help us overcome. Who then will harm you if you are devoted to what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear or be intimidated, but in your hearts…

The Role of Prayer – 1 Peter 3:12

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do what is evil. (1 Peter 3:12) Pastor John’s Notes: Families are to be places of prayer. Whenever we pray, the Lord not only listens to us but is open to our prayer. The word “open” means that God is already predisposed to give us what we ask for. Furthermore, the statement, “the…

Loving Life – 1 Peter 3:10-11

For the one who wants to love life and to see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit, and let him turn away from evil and do what is good. Let him seek peace and pursue it. (1 Peter 3:10-11) Pastor John’s Notes: The beautiful message here is that we can indeed learn to love life and see good days. Family life can be a good life, and God is always available…

Blessing One Another – 1 Peter 3:9

…not paying back evil for evil or insult for insult but, on the contrary, giving a blessing, since you were called for this, so that you may inherit a blessing. (1 Peter 3:9) Pastor John’s Notes: If we were to distill everything good about family life to its essential components, we would find that grace is one of the key elements. Grace is the act of refraining from judgment or condemnation against another, and showing love and kindness instead. Grace…

Becoming Compassionate – 1 Peter 3:8

Finally, all of you be like-minded and sympathetic, love one another, and be compassionate and humble. (1 Peter 3:8) Pastor John’s Notes: Families thrive on love and compassion, on sympathy and humility. When we show compassion to one another, we can overcome whatever trouble we might face. We lighten each other’s burdens and lift one another up. Life becomes sweet, and we look forward to each new day. Families were designed to be storehouses of spiritual blessing. Conversely, when we…

Advice to Husbands – 1 Peter 3:7

Husbands, in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with a weaker partner, showing them honor as coheirs of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered. (1 Peter 3:7) Pastor John’s Notes: The Book of Genesis tells the story of how Adam and Eve were created as co-rulers over God’s creation. This means that in marriage, God intends husbands and wives to be equal partners. When an important decision is…