1 Peter 4:7-11
Until He Comes…
- Get serious about prayer.
1 Peter 4:7
First, “Be alert.” Keep our wits about us, or be sensible.
Second, “Be sober-minded.” Literally means, don’t be drunk, but also be alert and self-controlled.
- Don’t hold grudges.
1 Peter 4:8
Love is not a warm, fuzzy feeling. Rather, it takes sustained, strenuous effort.
Four guidelines on whether to cover someone’s sin or to confront it.
• Distinguish between immaturity and defiance.
• Cover what offenses you can, but if an offense bothers you to the extent that it hinders your relationship, you need to confront it.
• Do I have an adequate relationship to confront the offense? If not, I need to cover the sin for a while and work on deepening the relationship so that I will be heard when I do confront.
• Is this a minor flaw that just grates on me, or is it a character defect or sin that hinders this person’s growth in Christ.
- Don’t be a poor steward.
1 Peter 4:10
Use the gifts God has given you.
Speaking gifts are usually more visible: preaching, teaching, exhortation (counseling) and prophecy
Serving gifts are usually more behind the scenes: good deeds, helping, showing mercy, giving, and administration.
A local church will be healthy only to the extent that every member conscientiously exercises their gifts as stewards before God.