Sermon Prepared by James McCullen
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Practical Lordship
1 Peter 3:13-17

1 Pet 3:13-17 NAS
13 And who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, {you are} blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, 15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always {being} ready to make a defence to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; 16 and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame 17 For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. (NAS)

1 Pet 3:13-17 KJV
13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? 14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; 15 But 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: 16 Having 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. 17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

Introduction
We see stickers, and signs that say Jesus Is Lord. I have seen billboards with great big letters saying JESUS IS LORD. I agree 100% with that statement, but let me ask you "do you know what it means to have Christ in your personal life. Do you know how this fact works in the Christian life?

Romans 10:9-10 tells us to confess Jesus as Lord for our personal salvation. In this passage
(our text) Lordship deals more with the practical aspects of what that means in our daily life. Please follow as I speak to Practical Lordship.
 

Practical Lordship Involves Dealing with . .Suffering.

Practical Lordship Involves Dealing with . Sanctification.

Practical Lordship Involves Dealing with . Slanders.
 
 

1.    Practical Lordship Involves . . Dealing with Suffering. v 13-14 


A.    The Proving . . of Suffering. v 13
13 And who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good?

        1.    Harm = Evil
        2.    Zealous = Follow eagerly

B.    The Possibility . . of Suffering. v 14 a
". . . even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, . . . "

        1. An even if kind of Faith. Dan 3:18
18 "But {even} if {He does} not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up." (NAS)

        2.    For Righteousness.
 

C.    The Privilege . . of Suffering. v 14 b
". . . {you are} blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, . . . "

The Blessing is from God.

        1.    You can be known by you critics as well as by your friends.
        2.    Intimidation = Terror in KJV

Illustration
A believer was fleeing from his enemies during a persecution in North Africa. Pursued over a hill and through a valley with no place to hide, he fell exhausted into a cave, expecting to be caught. Awaiting his death, he saw a spider weaving a web. Within minutes, the spider had woven a beautiful web across the mouth of the cave. The man's pursuers arrived, but on seeing the unbroken web assumed it impossible for him to have entered the cave. Later that believer exclaimed, "Where God is, a spider's web is like a wall. Where God is not, a wall is like a spider's web."
 

Application

What a blessing. To be protected by a God through a spiders web
 
 

2. Practical Lordship Involves . . Dealing with Sanctification. v 15


15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always {being} ready to make a defence to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;

A.    Sanctification Includes the . .  Dedication of Lordship. v 15 a
        ". . . but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, . . . "

        1.    Christ is . . Present In Every Believer.
        2.    Christ is . . Prominent In Many Believers.
        3.    Christ Is . . Pre-Eminent In Some Believers.
 

B.      Sanctification Includes the . . Defence of Our Lips. v 15 b
". . . always {being} ready to make a defence to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, . . . "

        1.    Evidence of Lordship.
                 a.    They Ask.    ". . .  to everyone who asks . . ."
                 b.    We Tell         ". . . to give an account for the hope that is in you, . . . "

C.      Sanctification Includes the . . Demeanour of Our Life. v 15 c
    ". . . yet with gentleness and reverence;"

Illustration
I Heard About a Farmer in a Church Who Was So Concerned About a Lawyer And He Went to See This Lawyer One Day to Tell Him About Jesus. Well, at Every Twist And Turn of The Conversation The Lawyer Just Twisted Him And Turned Him And Just Made a Fool Out of Him. He Asked The Man Questions That The Man Could Not Answer And He Just Befuddled Him.

Well The Farmer Was Just So Heartbroken And He Just Said to The Man, "May I Pray With You Before I Leave?" And, The Lawyer Said, "Yes, You Can Pray."   And So The Man in His Prayer Broke Down And Wept For The Lost Soul of This Man. He Came Home From That Visit, Walked Through The Kitchen And Said to His Wife, "Wife, I Don't Want to See Anybody Today. I Have Just So Failed God. I Just Did a Miserable Job of Trying to Win That Man to Jesus."

He Went to His Room And Shut The Door. A Little Later at His House Their Was a Knock at The Door And The Wife Went to it And The Man Was Standing There And He Said, "I Would Like to See Your Husband, Please." She Said, "I Don't Believe He Wants to See Anybody Today." He Said, "Oh, I Think He'll See Me." So She Led Him to The Bedroom And it Was This Lawyer

This Farmer Got up And Said, "Sir, I Don't Want to Argue With You Anymore." He Said, "I'm Just So Sorry That I Gave Such a Feeble Witness." He Said, "I Just Loved You And I Just Wanted You to Be Saved. And I Just Don't Want to Talk to You About it Anymore." The Lawyer Said, "Oh, But I Want to Be Saved. I Want You to Tell Me How to Come to Jesus."

He Said, "What?" He Said, "Well, What Was it I Said That Made You Want to Come to Christ?" He Said, "Oh, it Wasn't Anything That You Said." He Said, "I Could Argue With Everything You Said, But There Was One Thing I Could Not Argue With," The Farmer Said, "What Was That?"   He Said, " I Could Not Argue With Your Tears And Your Broken Heart." He Said, "If Jesus Christ Can Make a Man Like You Love a Man Like Me Enough to Cry Over My Soul, I Want to Be Saved."

Illustration
Simon Peter give us an example of a Christian who lived as though Christ was not set apart as Lord. Simon denied he knew the Lord. He even cussed in order to prove it.

Illustration From Religious News 8-8-98
A pastor's wife has forgiven the men who killed her husband. Jo Pollard of Yorkshire, England, visited two of three Hungarian men who beat and robbed her and her husband in August 1997. "I am a Christian and God put these words into my mouth: 'I have love for you and I have forgiven you,' " she said, Reuters reported. Pollard and husband Michael, pastor of Emmanuel Evangelical

Church, were visiting Romania to deliver toys to Christian families when the three men attacked and robbed them as they slept in their camper parked in a rest area. Michael, 62, died of heart failure after the beating

Application

It is very practical step in Lordship to recognize our need to set apart Chris as Lord.

The New Testament has the word Saviour 24 times total.

The word Lord is used 711 times. Many of those refer to Jesus.
 
 

3.    Practical Lordship Involves . . Dealing with Slanders. v 16-17 


A.    Have a . . Good Conscience In Dealing with Slanders. v 16 a
". . . and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, . . . "
 

B.       Have . . Good Conduct In Dealing with Slanders.  v 16 b
". . . those who revile your good behaviour in Christ may be put to shame. v 16 b

        1.    Slanders may put you and Christ to shame.."
 

C.    Have . . Good Confidence In Dealing with Slanders.  v 17
For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. (NAS)

Illustration
Robert Cook, President of King's College once related a true story from the early years of his ministry. Evidently at that time he had been receiving some rather pointed criticism. In fact, it had become of such great concern to him that he sought the counsel of a friend, the beloved Bible expositor and pastor, Harry A. Ironside. Pouring out his heart, Bob Cook asked what he should do about the denunciations being made against him. He wanted to know how to handle them.

Ironside gave the following wise counsel: "Bob, if the criticism about you is true, mend your ways! If it isn't, forget about it!"
 
 

Conclusion

Is Christ Lord in your Life? Does it show in the practical day by day expressions? If so you will know:
 

Practical Lordship Involves . . Suffering.

Practical Lordship Involves . . Sanctification.

Practical Lordship Involves . . Slanders.