Sermon: The Sheep, Lion and Shepherd 1 Peter 5:7-14

May 8, 2017

Summary

Sermon: The Sheep, Lion and Shepherd 1 Peter 5:7-14

 

Today we will be discussing the Devil who goes around like a roaring lion seeing whom he may devour.  Sheep are no match for a lion but sheep who have a mighty shepherd who protects the flock and restores them after an attack can stand firm in God’s truth.  God doesn’t try to save his sheep, he saves them.  Not one of them is eternally lost or totally destroyed.  It may look like it.  For example, the Devil may have appeared to win when Christ was in the tomb but the rest of the story shows his defeat.  This will end our 1st Peter Series.

 

One Way Christian Center is a Reformed Baptist Church, located in Olustee, OK close to Altus, OK and Altus AFB.  

 

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 By: Bryan Walker Given on: 5/7/2017  Sermon plays on KWHW 93.5 FM on: 5/21/2017

 

Notes:

1 Peter 5:7-14 ESV  
 
Casting all your anxieties on Him.
 
    1. Trust in the Lord.
    2. Beware of your adversary.
    3. Others have suffered like you now suffer
    4. God will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
    5. To God be the glory.
 
SEESAW, TIPPING POINT
 
Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
 
Casting cares and anxiety
Being sober minded
Watchful
 
Resist
Be firm
God, restores
 
the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.
 
 
Joseph was sold by his brothers into slavery
He was thrown into prison
But God made him like Pharaoh
 
Sampson was very strong and conquered many enemies
Delilah tempted him
He was forced to do hard labor the rest of his life
However, God restored his strength and he brought the house down
 
Moses was raised under Pharaoh
But after striking the Egyptian he fled into the wilderness
Pharaoh’s heart was hardened against him
But God delivered Israel through him (restored)
 
Daniel was led off into captivity
God raised him up to be the kings favorite
Whoever prays to anyone but the King in the next 30 days
Put in a lion’s den
But God delivered him (restored)
 
Then there is David:
Casting all your anxieties on Him. Quoted from Psalm 55
 
Psalms 55:12-13 ESV  
 
Psalms 55:21-23 ESV  
 
    • Shepherd boy to king
    • His sin with Bathsheba
    • His son Absalom
    • His friend and trusted advisor Ahithophel
 
    • The betraying by a close friend:  Christ and Judas
    • Also, Jesus in the wilderness being tempted by the Devil
 
Hebrews 4:15-16 ESV  
 
Peter:
 
Luke 22:31 ESV  
 
    1. The Devil is a real adversary (told to be watchful)
        1. He does exist
        2. Naturalistic world view
            1. We evolved
    2. Descriptions
        1. Roaring Lion
        2. The deceiver
        3. The world belongs to him
        4. god of this world
        5. Angel of light
        6. Liar & Murderer
        7. Speaks lies because he speaks from his character
        8. Comes to steal, kill and destroy
        9. The deceiver of the whole world (whole world?)
        10. The devil has his own angels (messengers)
        11. Prince of the power of the air
    3. Everyone is tempted in some area at some time
        1. Beware if the devil has not ATTACKED you
            1. Why would he waste his time on his own
        2. His goal is to remove our, gaze, love, desire and walk with God
            1. Wants us to focus on anything but God
            2. He can’t stand TRUTH
        3. He goes after our weaknesses
        4. We don’t all have the same weakness
            1. Everyone has a weakness
                1. Solomon, David and Samson – Women
                2. Peter was self-pride
                3. Worldly possessions and desires?
                4. Lack of faith
                    1. How can I belong to God?
                    2. Can God really do all that he says?
                5. Sinful anger
                6. Lack of patience – Now, now, now
                7. Blasphemous thoughts
                8. Unholy desires
                9. Lack of motivation…
    4. Everyone has cares and anxieties
        1. Physical needs, bills
        2. Job, work stress
        3. A feeling of loneliness
        4. Feeling distant from God
        5. Adversaries in the world
    5. Cast them upon the Lord, because he cares for you.
 
    • It doesn’t say the Christian won’t have cares and anxieties
    • It doesn’t say the Christian won’t suffer attacks from the Devil
        • We do have cares and anxieties
        • We are tempted
 
WHAT PREY DO LIONS ATTACK?
    • My weakness may be your strength
        • Church is a composite of strengths and weaknesses
        • We must never be divided
            • But the Devil wants us divided
 
    • The lion tries to separate out the weak and young
        • He goes after the sick
    • He bites where he can do the most damage
        • He doesn’t go through the armor but through the cracks
    • This is why it is so IMPORTANT to gather together
 
Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV  
 
    • Today’s church separates the young from the flock
        • When a young animal is born, it must be fed and taught to run with the herd.
    • Children are rarely a part of the church
        • Would you separate all the baby water buffalos and send them off with one mother?
    • Children are not being fed
        • Spend most of their time playing games
        • Being entertained — Kept young and weak –
            • And we wonder why they are devoured
    • The same goes for adults
        • Lack of truth and knowledge of God
 
1Pe 5:8  Be sober-minded; be watchful
1Pe 5:9  Resist him, firm in your faith
 
#1 Question:  What is your faith in?
#2 Question:  How firm is your faith?
 
    • Explain faith in God vs. self
 
1 Peter 5:10 ESV  And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
 
    • Isn’t his what happened to Peter?
    • How about Christ?
        • The Devil thought he won!
        • He was doing a victory dance!
        • But God rose Him from the dead
Acts 2:23-24 ESV  
 
So, who is your faith in?  The Devil seeks to draw you away!!!
 
God of all grace,  – Jas 1:17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above
 
    • It’s all by grace and not of ourselves
 
who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ
 
    • Once again a reference to your calling
    • To His election and sovereignty of the almighty God
    • This is important
    • Do you have faith in a God who tries to save, or a God who saves!
 
will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
 
 
    • This doesn’t say “may” restore.
    • Can His called be lost forever?  
    • If God loses just one, then he is not all powerful and there is no truth to this statement.
 
    • He loses nothing
    • He restores all of His sheep
 
1 John 2:19 ESV  
 
(12) …I have written briefly to you, exhorting and declaring that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it.
 
(13)  She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings
 
    • Literal Babylon or Rome?
    • Most interesting, another reference to being elect
    • Pastor – Peter says Paul is hard to understand, because of Romans 9,
    • Peter has a lot to say about election.  
Everyone needs a sovereign God, especially a persecuted church

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