Elder John turns to 1 Peter and points out that suffering is apart of life, but he focuses this sermon on suffering for the name of Christ. By being Christians our light is manifest therefore our lifestyle condemns the world. Our purpose is to bear His image and glorify God. Elder John encourages us to give God the glory in suffering which strengthens the faith of others when they face troubles.
Elder John speaks about what it means to worship God in spirit and in truth, the various forms of worship mentioned in the scriptures, and how we should conduct ourselves as worshippers of God.
Bro John continues in Jude, which reminds us of the dangers of unbelief and rebellion against God presented in the Old Testament.
In John we find a good lesson on how we should evangelize. Nathanael was skeptical and suspicious at first but Jesus knew him, saying “when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.” Nathanael had a complete change in attitude right away. Elder Tommy preaches about what happened to Nathanael under the fig tree…
Bro John speaks on the prayer of the Apostle Peter for the church, that God would make them perfect, stablish, strengthen, and settle them.
Brother John describes the accuracy and completeness of the historical record presented in the Old Testament, and how that could relate to the dimensions of the tabernacle as a sign of Christ’s return.
Elder John speaks on what the scripture says about church governance, the role of elders, deacons, and the congregation.