Two Ways to Live – Gospel in Life

Two Ways to Live

Tim Keller |  April 17, 1994

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  • Christian Living and Obedience
1 Peter 4:1-6
RS 251-10


To the world, the ways in which Christians behave will not just look different; it will look crazy. Peter says that you will be looked upon as extremely strange, going against nature even, in many ways. As a result, you’re going to have lots of abuse heaped on you.

Inside the Christian faith, you can often see how obvious it is that we should live in certain ways. But outside of the Christian faith, the world has a whole different plausibility structure and set of assumptions. Therefore, the way Christians act looks absolutely berserk, absolutely bizarre, strange, and crazy.

But Peter says, “You live according to the will of God.” And the question immediately arises–how do you do that? How can you live a life like that in the face of not just a kind of abuse, but really, a war of plausibility structures?

1 Peter 4:1–6

Looking at 1 Peter 4:1-6, we see the importance for Christians to think and act differently than the world. It emphasizes the value of following God’s plan, even when it’s tough, and shows the connection between truth and how we live. By really understanding and applying the fact that Christ suffered for us, we can be empowered to say no to sin, live a pure life, and experience the freedom that comes from Jesus’ selfless love.



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