The following sermons were preached by Dr. Todd Pylant at the First Baptist Church of Benbrook in Fort Worth, Texas during the morning worship service.
The Power of Our Hope Story (1 Peter 3:8-17)Dr. Todd Pylant, June 3, 2012
Part of the Evangelism for the Rest of Us series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
As ambassadors for Christ, the Bible teaches us to always be prepared to share the reason we have such great hope in Christ. Do you know your hope story? Are you prepared to share it?
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1 Peter 3:8-17
8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For
“Whoever desires to love life
and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from speaking deceit;
11 let him turn away from evil and do good;
let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil. (ESV)