Last week, I began my series called "re:new" at Two Rivers. My focus was on how "seeking first the Kingdom" is key to renewed vision and focus. You can see the video and the notes here.
This Sunday, I focused on a renewed focus on service and community from 1 Peter 4. You can watch the video here (and the notes are at the bottom):
Part 2: Renewed Focus on Community
1 Peter 4:8-11 (HCSB)
In an environment of unity... (1 Peter 4:8-9)
You Have a Gift ... God Intends You to Use... For Which He Empowers You... To Bring God Glory (1 Peter 4:10-11).
1. You Have a Gift (v. 10a)
"Based on the gift they have received, everyone should use it to serve others," (1 Peter 4:10).
"A manifestation of the Spirit is given to each person to produce what is beneficial" (1 Corinthians 12:7).
2. God Intends You to Use (v. 10b)
"...as good managers of the varied grace of God" (1 Peter 4:10-11).
"But now God has placed the parts, each one of them, in the body just as He wanted" (1 Corinthians 12:18).
3. For Which He Empowers You (v. 11a)
"If anyone speaks, his speech should be like the oracles of God; if anyone serves, his service should be from the strength God provides," (1 Peter 4:11).
4. To Bring God Glory (v. 11b)
"...so that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To Him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen" (1 Peter 4:11).
"And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, for the training of the saints in the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God's Son, growing into a mature man with a stature measured by Christ's fullness" (Ephesians 4:11-13).