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Upcoming Events
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WED
Praise Team Practice
7:00 PM
The Praise Team instrumentalists and vocalists will practice each Wednesday night at 7:00 P.M. in the sanctuary.
DEC

17

SUN
9AM Contemporary Service
Contemporary Service with our Praise band leading the worship, and message delivered by pastor or guset speaker
10AM Sunday School
Sunday School Classes for all ages, using Lifeway resources and others in a small class learning setting, where questions and discussions are welcomed.
Blended Worship Service
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Our Blended Worship Service with special music from our Praise Band, Choir, and individuals. Our pastor or special speaker brings a message using the greatest instruction book available.
DEC

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WED
Praise Team Practice
7:00 PM
The Praise Team instrumentalists and vocalists will practice each Wednesday night at 7:00 P.M. in the sanctuary.
Bible Search
Surprisingly Short

Surprisingly Short

 

1 Peter 4:4 -“With respect to this (not engaging in sin) they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery”

 

Peter uses a surprising word in 1 Peter 4 and that is the word “surprised”.  He is telling the church that he is writing to to live in such a way that it surprises the people around you.  Specifically he is saying do not engage in these sins and when you do not join the world in those sins it will be surprising.  Surprising because everyone is doing it.  Surprising because for those Christians they used to live that way, they used to jump at the chance to jump into sin.  But not now, now things are different.  Now they have been changed by the grace of God, so Peter is telling them to live out that change.  Don’t go back to living the way that you lived before.  Live differently than the world, and in doing that you will surprise people.  You will surprise people with the grace of God and with the power of God.  

 

The Greek word that he uses there is actually a word that is pronounced “xenizo”.  It is a word that means you are a guest now act in a surprising way.  The Greek word is actually a lot deeper than what we get in English.  What Peter is actually saying is, you are a guest in this world so do not join those who are at home in this world in the sins of the world.  It is a very powerful statement, live differently than the world because this world is not your home.  Don’t live like it is.  Don't get caught up in its lusts, don’t get caught up in its worries, don’t get caught up in its lies and messages of hopelessness.  Live differently because this world is not your home.  

 

Live not with a worldly perspective but with a heavenly one.  Remember that your home is in heaven and you are citizens of the Kingdom of God.  This world is not your home, you are here for a while but don’t get to comfortable, don’t long for the world.  Instead keep your eyes on eternity and long for the Kingdom.  That is your real home, with your Father, Almighty God.  Live with your focus on Him and on His love and on His promises.