Sep 22, 2019 |More Of The Same

Leaving More Doors

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09.22.19 | More Of The Same

Leaving More Doors

Noel Heikkinen

1 Peter 3:8-4:5

We’re often caught up in trying to find our calling in life. Do you know what your calling is? Pastor Noel Jesse Heikkinen walks us through what sort of life the Bible calls us to as followers of Christ. We are to be unified as a church body, characterized by love, affection, sympathy, and compassion.

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Finally, all of you be like-minded and sympathetic, love one another, and be compassionate and humble, not paying back evil for evil or insult for insult but, on the contrary, giving a blessing, since you were called for this, so that you may inherit a blessing.
1 Peter 3:8-9

“Be a clone and kiss conviction ‘good night,’
Cloneliness is next to godliness…right?
If you want to be one of his,
you better act like one of us.”
-Steve Taylor

For the one who wants to love life
and to see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from speaking deceit,
and let him turn away from evil
and do what is good.
Let him seek peace and pursue it,
because the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against
those who do what is evil.
1 Peter 3:10-12

Who then will harm you if you are devoted to what is good?
1 Peter 3:13

But even if you should suffer for righteousness, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear or be intimidated, but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, ready at any time to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.
1 Peter 3:14-15

Yet do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that when you are accused, those who disparage your good conduct in Christ will be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.
1 Peter 3:16-17

For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit
1 Peter 3:18

At Riv, we face our community with compassion, joy, and a message of freedom.

At Riv, we live as people who are set free for good and for God.

At Riv, we pray for people and introduce them to Jesus.

Therefore, since Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same understanding—because the one who suffers in the flesh is finished with sin— in order to live the remaining time in the flesh no longer for human desires, but for God’s will. For there has already been enough time spent in doing what the Gentiles choose to do: carrying on in unrestrained behavior, evil desires, drunkenness, orgies, carousing, and lawless idolatry. They are surprised that you don’t join them in the same flood of wild living—and they slander you. They will give an account to the one who stands ready to judge the living and the dead.
1 Peter 4:1-5