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Refined By Fire (1 Peter 1:3-9)

Pastor Steve NewtonPastor Steve Newton, January 8, 2017
Part of the 1 Peter series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

The hope of heaven is a glorious thought, but it has been twisted by tyrants into a very dangerous theme.

The goal of Christian hope is not to make us content with servitude and injustice, Christian hope frees us to fight for what is right, fight for others, and make this world a place where everyone has the hope of improving their position.

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Tags: Called, Chicago fire, christian, faith, G.A. Studdert Kennedy, Horatio Spafford, Jesus, Karl Marx, Malcolm Muggerage, Nero, Opiate of the Masses, oppression, Paul, Peter

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About Pastor Steve Newton: Pastor Stephen E. Newton Education B.S. in Biology and Secondary Education, Stephen F. Austin State University (1977) M. Div., Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (1983) Service: First Presbyterian Church, Coleman, Texas – Pastor (1983-1986) First Central Presbyterian Church, Abilene Texas – Associate Pastor (1986-1991) First Presbyterian Church, Mt. Pleasant, Texas – Pastor (1991-2003) Westminster Presbyterian Church, Nacogdoches, Texas – Pastor (2003- present)
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1 Peter 1:3-9

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. (KJV)

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