Suffering for What is Right (1 Peter 3:13-17)

Steve Newton, February 19, 2017
Part of the 1 Peter series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

There is one thing about fear that is universal, whether it is fear of what others may think, or fear of persecution, or fear of what the future holds: in every case fear stifles me. It keeps me from doing what I should be doing. Whether is it fear of going broke if I do not hoard what I have been given, or fear of what others might think if I tell them about Jesus. Fear stifles us, and can make us counterproductive.

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About Steve Newton: 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 (2003-2019)
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1 Peter 3:13-17

13And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? 14But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; 15But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 16Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 17For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. (KJV)

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