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Pastor Shane Ham : Being a Peculiar People

The Real Deal · 47:57 · Recorded January 10, 2021

Being a Peculiar People

1 Peter 4:12-14 (NIV) Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

2 Timothy 3:12 (NIV) In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

1 Peter 2:6-9 (NLT2) As the scriptures say, “I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem, chosen for great honor, and anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced. But for those who reject him, “The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.” And, “He is the stone that makes people stumble, the rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them. But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

The four tests:

1. The internal test.

1 Peter 1:3 (NIV) Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

1 Peter 1:8 (NIV) Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy…

1 Peter 1:23 (NIV) For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

2. The public test.

1 Peter 2:12 (NIV) Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

1 Thessalonians 1:7-9 (NLT2) As a result, you have become an example to all the believers in Greece – throughout Macedonia and Achaia. And now the word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere, even beyond Macedonia and Achaia, for wherever we go we find people telling us about your faith in God. We don’t need to tell them about it, for they keep talking about this wonderful welcome you gave us and how you turned away from idols to serve the living and true God.

1 Peter 4:15-16 (NIV) If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.

3. The conflict test.

1 Peter 2:12 (NIV) Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong…

John 7:3-5 (GW) So Jesus’ brothers told him, “Leave this place, and go to Judea so that your disciples can see the things that you’re doing. No one does things secretly when he wants to be known publicly. If you do these things, you should let the world see you.” Even his brothers didn’t believe in him.

1 Corinthians 2:15-16 (ESV) The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

John 15:20 (ESV) “Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not great than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.”

John 17:17-19 (NLT2) “Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.”

4. The fight test.

1 Peter 2:11 (NIV) Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.

1 Timothy 6:12 (NIV) Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

1 Peter 4:17-19 (NIV) For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And, “If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful creator and continue to do good.

Talk It Over. . .
  • Reread 1 Peter 2:6-9. How is Christ a cornerstone? Why would people stumble over the stone rather than build their lives on it?

  • How is our new status with God to influence the way we live? See 1 Peter 1:3.

  • Pastor Shane talked about the process seeds go through – as you look back at your Christian life, can you identify each of the periods he mentioned? (Death, birth, & growth)

  • Under point two, Shane referenced a passage from 1 Thessalonians. How did this church first become imitators and then models for the faith (vv. 6-10)? What does this tell you about their growth in Christ? What kind of “model” are you? -a work in progress? -secured in a private collection? -on display in the National Museum?

  • In point four, Shane talked about a “fight” that should be going on in every Christian’s life. Is there one happening in your life? What are you fighting against? Is there an “over-desire” that you need to deal with? Think back to the close of the message when Shane gave us a list of questions that ended with “Is there anything I’m compromising my walk with Jesus because of?” Give it to God! Turn it over to him in prayer, let it die so God can birth something new in you and you’ll see growth in your faith and life.

  • Which of the scriptures in this message resonated with you? Why? Share with your small group and work to commit that verse to memory.

  • Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at northpointe.org/kids where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.

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