Practicing Faith in a Pagan World (Part 1) – Gospel in Life
Sermon

Practicing Faith in a Pagan World (Part 1)

Tim Keller |  February 20, 1994

Download Agreement


By downloading this file, I confirm I understand Gospel in Life's Copyright & Permissions policies and agree to only use this file for personal usage and will not upload it to any third-party platforms.

 

Topics:
  • Christian Living and Obedience
Duration:
28:54
Scripture:
1 Peter 2:11-12
SKU:
RS 251-03

1 Peter 2:11–12

Those who follow Jesus Christ are asked to live righteously in a world that might not always agree with their beliefs. They’re encouraged to avoid wrong desires and to shine through their good actions. The verses from 1 Peter 2:11-12 give us three ways to check if we’re truly part of God’s family. These checks help us take a good look at ourselves before we share in the Lord’s Supper.

1. The public test

It’s important for followers of Jesus to show a real change in their lives. This isn’t just about an inner change from being born again, but about how that change shows in our actions and behavior. Our good deeds should be like a lighthouse, showing others the power of God to transform lives.

2. The conflict test

True followers of Jesus can seem fascinating but also strange because of the real change in their lives. People often get the wrong idea about Christianity, thinking it’s about trying really hard to be good, instead of admitting our weaknesses and relying on Jesus. Even if people might think we’re proud, we should live our faith with humility and kindness, showing others the difference Jesus makes in our lives.

3. The fight test

“Over-desires” means wanting something good so much that you’re willing to do wrong things to get it. True followers of Jesus know that nothing should get in the way of their relationship with Him. They work to spot and control these over-desires, aiming to understand and live rightly in a world that might not have the same beliefs.

Related

Sermon

The Healing of Anger

By Tim Keller
Sermon

Waiting and Living by Faith

By Tim Keller
Sermon

Justified by Faith

By Tim Keller

June Book Offer

Deepen and Strengthen Your Marriage!

Marriage is one of the most profound human relationships — but it can also be one of the most challenging. So Tim and Kathy Keller designed a devotional book for married couples to use together.