In the second sermon from 1 Peter 4:7-11, we are taken to the larger perspective of what motivates the church to bear the gospel to the lost world. One of the greatest dangers we face as Christians is not persecution or the rise and fall of nations; it is falling in love with the world and failing to live out the gospel. Thus, we are to live in light of the pending consummation, minister in such a way that manifests the power of Christ, and we are to view all things as pursuant to God’s glory.
Every true church is an embassy of the kingdom of Christ, and if the church is an embassy, we are all ambassadors. Because of our new identity in Jesus, our priorities, attitudes and actions are to bear out a divine ethic of love that results in all glory being given to Christ. This ethic of love is evidenced in our corporate prayers, how we show hospitality, the way we serve one another, and the affection and love we share with one another. As the church embodies these traits faithfully, the lost will be drawn to this display of the glory of Christ.
If our doctrine and beliefs do not move us to gospel living and active ministry, then we are not truly loving Christ. If the Spirit has granted us genuine trust in our Savior, then our faith fuels the affection of our hearts and moves us to put our Love for Jesus into action. One of the critical areas where this is born out is in our witness to the world of the glories of Christ. In this first sermon of a mini-series on community missions, we learn what it means to give an account of our hope.