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Sunday April 8 "Arm Yourselves" Pastor Wood


Text:  1 Peter 4:1–2 (ESV) “Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.”

  1. Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, we are to share his path.
  1. Arm yourselves with Christ’s way of thinking,
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  1. Show hospitality and all the other attributes of Jesus.

Scripture for reflection:

  1. Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, we are to share his path.
    1. Philippians 1:29 (ESV) 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake,
    2. Acts 5:41 (ESV) 41 Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.\
    3. 1 Peter 2:20-21 (ESV) 20 For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. 21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.
    4. Romans 8:18 (ESV) 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
    5. Hebrews 5:8 (ESV) Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.
  2. Arm yourselves with Christ’s way of thinking,
    1. Ephesians 6:13 (ESV) 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
    2. Colossians 3:2 (ESV) Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
    3. Philippians 3:15 (ESV) 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.
    4. 1 Corinthians 13:11 (ESV) 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.
    5. Romans 8:5–7 (ESV) For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.
  3. Show hospitality and all the other attributes of Jesus.
    1. Luke 12:42 (ESV) 42 And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time?
    2. Romans 13:12–14 (ESV) 12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.\
    3. Hebrews 12:3 (ESV) Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
    4. Proverbs 3:27 (ESV) 27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.
    5. Acts 2:46 (ESV) 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts,