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First Peter

The Best Is Yet To Come

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | July 2, 1978

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In 1 Peter 5, Peter instructs believers how to live in the present knowing that the best is yet to come. Believers can look forward to the glory of God that will one day be revealed. 

Pastor Wiersbe gives us four trademarks of what it means to be a faithful believer who knows the best is yet to come.

Transcripts for Dr. Wiersbe's sermons are forthcoming. Below is an outline of his message.

In this chapter, Peter is looking back on his time with Jesus and forward to the glory that will come.

The main theme is: the best is yet to come for those who know Christ.

Four people who can look forward to a wonderful future:

-       The Christian who is serving (1 Peter 5:1-4)

  • We are compared to sheep because we are prone to wander.
  • There are men selected as elders and pastors to provide spiritual leadership to the body.
  • The church is called to work together in ministry. 
  • Be faithful in serving and you will receive a crown of glory that will not fade away.
  • We do what we do to please the Lord.
  • Don’t give up the ministry God has given to you.

-       The Christian who is submitting (1 Peter 5:5-7)

  • Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God and He will exalt you in due time.
  • The church needs the young and old, both submitting to each other, in order to grow.
  • We must submit in unity and love.

-       The Christian who is standing (1 Peter 5:8-9)

  • We must stand strong against the schemes of the devil.
  • Peter tells us to respect, recognize, and resist the devil.
  • Satan will do everything he can to divide and scatter the flock.
  • Those who are standing can look forward to God’s blessing and his glory.

-       The Christian who is suffering (1 Peter 5:10)

  • Don’t be ashamed to suffer as a Christian.
  • Suffering cannot be compared with the future glory we will experience.
  • God provides the grace we need to endure suffering.
  • God matures and equips us through suffering.
  • God uses suffering to turn us from a lump of clay into a sparkling jewel.
  • The church is the purest when it is suffering.

We live faithfully now so that one day we may hear the words “well done, good and faithful servant.”

Faithfulness leads to glory.

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