Practicing Faith in a Pagan World (Part 4) – Gospel in Life
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Practicing Faith in a Pagan World (Part 4)

Tim Keller |  March 20, 1994

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Topics:
  • Christian Living and Obedience
Duration:
35:53
Scripture:
1 Peter 2:13-25
SKU:
RS 251-06

1 Peter 2:13–25

The idea here in 1 Peter 2:13-25 is about Christians living as servants, but not as slaves. It talks about the importance of respecting everyone, obeying those in charge, and being willing to suffer for what’s right, just as Christ did. It also challenges the current dislike for authority, suggesting that without someone higher up, it’s hard to tell the difference between good leadership and someone just bossing people around. As Christians, we’re encouraged to follow God’s authority and to treat others with kindness and respect.

1. A servant is affirming

If you’re really serving others, you appreciate them and let them know what they’re good at. You give them hope for what they can become. You listen before you talk, showing you care about them and their thoughts.

2. A servant covers for people

Being a servant means forgiving small mistakes and not focusing on people’s flaws. Some people act like they’re serving, but they’re really just trying to make themselves feel good or loved. Real servants truly care about others and help them with their real needs.

3. A servant is not a martyr

Real servants are ready to help others and don’t try to make everything about themselves. Some people refuse help and think they can only feel valuable by always sacrificing for others. But true servants see God in everyone, respect them, and are willing to give and receive help.

4. A servant doesn’t seek position

Being a servant means putting others first, just like Jesus did. Understanding and appreciating what Jesus did for us helps us love and serve even the toughest people. This knowledge frees us to serve without expecting anything in return, knowing that it’s all because of what Jesus did for us, and helps us approach God with confidence.

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