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First Peter

Surrender Or Else!

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe | May 28, 1978

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Submission to God results in a beautiful and godly life. Pastor Wiersbe explains the importance of living a life of submission to God. Not only is it for our own sake, but it’s also for the sake of the unsaved and for God. When we choose to live a godly life, God shows an abundance of grace towards us.

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


The overall theme of 1 Peter is the grace of God.

God shows grace in salvation, submission, and suffering. 

Submission always follows salvation.

Submission results in a beautiful and godly life.

Why should we bother to live a godly life?

Three reasons why we should live a godly life:

-       We should live a beautiful life for our own sake (1 Peter 2:11).

  • When we live a godly life, we are responding to the love of God.
  • Our response to God’s gift of salvation should be submission and obedience.
  • As believers, our treasure is not in this world because we are sojourners in this world.
  • 100 years from now the approval of this world won’t mean anything.
  • We are fighting a war against the desires of the flesh.
  • We should live a godly life so that we may be victorious soldiers.

-       We should live a beautiful life for the sake of the unsaved (1 Peter 2:12).

  • People look at believers to see how they live their lives.
  • Winning a lost soul to Christ means much more than the pleasure of our own life.

-       We should live a beautiful life for God’s sake (1 Peter 2:13-25).

  • It is the will of God that believers live a godly life.
  • God calls us to submit to those in authority over us, just as we are subject to His grace.
  • God gives us grace to live a life pleasing to Him, even in the face of suffering.
  • Jesus suffered for us that we might live for Him and with Him forever.

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