Because of God’s work in our lives, we are a new creation

Though you have not seen Him, you love Him;
and even though you do not see Him now,
you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 
for you are receiving the end result of your faith,
the salvation of your souls.

1 Peter 1:8-9


Praise be to God


God has fundamentally changed us

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 Peter 1:3-5
When Moses went and told the people all the Lord’s words and laws, they responded with one voice, “Everything the Lord has said we will do.”
Exodus 24:3

God keeps us through this fallen world

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
1 Peter 1:6-7
The trials of this world cannot overcome the grace of God
morning sermon, Rev. Tim Rackley, July 9, 2023

God has given us a great salvation

God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:21
Are we believers? How did that happen?
It was a work of God. It was supernatural. . . . God gave us new life. He categorically changed us through the Holy Spirit who applied Christ’s work to us!
Look at what God has done in our lives! Appreciate it. Act upon it. Glorify God because of it.
morning sermon, Rev. Tim Rackley, July 9, 2023
Father, You are a merciful, loving, gracious God.
We know of Your mercy.
We know of Your love.
We know of Your grace
because of how You have acted upon us.
You have taken us,
rebels who hated You,
and given us new hearts;
taken our hearts of stone
and given us hearts of flesh.
You have called us Your children.
You have forgiven us through the work of Christ,
Your only son,
who died on our behalf.
You have placed Your Spirit within us.
We are indeed new creations.
Help us to see ourselves as You see us.
Help us to seek You in the midst of trials.
Help us to appreciate Your grace to us.
We pray this in Jesus name. Amen.
morning service, Rev. Tim Rackley, July 9, 2023

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