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Don't Be Surprised
Don't Be Surprised

Live for Jesus and you can expect a certain amount of adversity and hardship. That’s why God says, “Don’t be surprised.” Challenges are just part of life even for the believer. Because of Christ’s death on our behalf we can experience a new life. And with His help those difficulties can prompt us to trust Him in deeper ways. After all, we’re just passing through. This world is not our home. And one day those trials will be forever gone.

Humility for All
Jason Fullen | 
March 29, 2015
Don't Be Surprised, Part 7
1 Peter 5:1-14
Your greatest contribution in life will not be measured by your achievements. Peter provides a difficult, yet relational, counter-leadership model that has stood the test of time. However, this model can be a stumbling block for many of us. In this last talk of the Don't Be Surprised series, Peter redefines success to include not only the end result, but also our quality of service. Peter captures the essence of living like Christ no matter our position or our authority. Today, Peter will question our motives and our methods of achievement to show us the true measure of success.
Loving Large When Life Is Lousy
Joe Duke | 
March 22, 2015
Don't Be Surprised, Part 6
1 Peter 4:7-19
Life can be difficult. And in those difficulties we might decide to become a defeated victim. Or we might choose to rise above our circumstances and experience victory with God’s help. Suffering is universal and almost universally misunderstood. In a broken world, hardship provides a way for us to share in the sufferings of Christ and be drawn even closer to Him.
Apology Expected
Mark Marten | 
March 15, 2015
Don't Be Surprised, Part 5
1 Peter 3:8-4:6
Peter is addressing an audience experiencing significant suffering. In light of their experience, he makes a number of suggestions on how they should behave. He assumes they’ll live such exemplary lives their un-believing neighbors will ask “how can you have such hope!?” We’ll talk about the secret to having this hope when we experience suffering. And we’ll discuss what we should say, and how we should say it, when our neighbors ask us this question.
The Beloved and the Broken
Mike Hipsley | 
March 8, 2015
Don't Be Surprised, Part 4
1 Peter 2:11-3:7
It’s no big secret that we live in a world that is broken. We experience this brokenness at every level of our existence and know intuitively that things are not the way that they are supposed to be. How are those who are being made whole by Jesus called to interact with broken cultures and systems? How do the beloved respond to the broken?
Staying on Mission
Dave Baldwin | 
March 1, 2015
Don't Be Surprised, Part 3
1 Peter 2:1-10
You'll be surprised that this passage challenges us with the one thing that will help us stay on mission of Influencing People to Find and Follow Jesus. How are you doing at adoring Jesus and the centrality of His role in the world and church?
A New Way of Life
Joe Duke | 
February 22, 2015
Don't Be Surprised, Part 2
1 Peter 1:13-25
When we realize what Jesus has done for us, it’s not meant just to give us warm feelings of gratitude. In addition, we can live differently; we can experience a new way of life. Even when we’re facing hardships in life, God is never reluctant to invite us to live well by obeying the truth. He doesn’t always bring us out of life’s difficulties, but He always calls us up from those challenges to live the right way.
Salvation is Coming
Joe Duke | 
February 15, 2015
Don't Be Surprised, Part 1
1 Peter 1:1-12
Life is filled with challenges. That can be especially true for those who chose to follow Jesus. One of the ways God encourages us in present hardship is to remind us of future relief. The Book of 1 Peter is about being a person of faith and endurance even when nearing the breaking point as a Christ follower. God reminds believers that we will one day be rescued from the things that make life difficult.