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Are trials that we face for our benefit?

Are trials that we face for our benefit?

In this series, CTCI Director Larry Pons takes us through the book of 1 Peter. To see more videos like this one, subscribe to our channel.

“You rejoice in this, even though now for a short time, if necessary, you suffer grief in various trials.” 1 Peter 1:6

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Do we have a sincere love for each other? What is holding us back?

In this message, Christian Training Center Director Larry Pons takes us through a recap of the book of 1 Peter.

1 Peter 1 Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ:

To those chosen, living as exiles dispersed abroad in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient and to be sprinkled with the blood of Jesus Christ.

May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you. You are being guarded by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. You rejoice in this, even though now for a short time, if necessary, you suffer grief in various trials so that the proven character of your faith—more valuable than gold which, though perishable, is refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him; though not seeing him now, you believe in him, and you rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy, because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who prophesied about the grace that would come to you, searched and carefully investigated. 11 They inquired into what time or what circumstances the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating when he testified in advance to the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.[c] 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you. These things have now been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—angels long to catch a glimpse of these things.

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Check out our upcoming ministry programs for young adults and families. Please click here.

Our programs are like an immersion into a new language – the language of living in Jesus.  The goal is fluency in the language of relationships.  Programs share a sequential vision, building an understanding of relationships and family culture.  The foundation is an encounter with Jesus.  This encounter is the means for both insight and vision.  Encountering Jesus leads a radical change in living and relationships.

Heroes Semester is a 10-week residential, “family style” living experience like no other! | — The 2020 date will be announced soon. | Participants ages 18-26 come with one purpose – to go deeper with the Lord. Learn more about our programs here.

Strengthening & Restoring Family Relationships — Train to Reign Program — Oct 20 – Nov 2 | Family is the most vital relationship and the one under the most pressure and attack. Come strengthen your family in a strong relationship with God. Learn more here.

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What is Christian Apologetics and Why is it Important?

What is apologetics and why is it so important? Kendra Fletcher provides some great insight. She is a mother of 8, speaker, author, and podcaster. She is the author of Lost and Found: Losing Religion, Finding Grace, and Leaving Legalism, and she regularly writes for Key Life Ministries.

But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor the Messiah the Master as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is within you: yet do it with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).

If you’ve been around church or church people for any length of time, you may have heard the term “apologetics” and wondered what it means. More importantly, you may have read the above verse from 1 Peter and wondered how the defense of your faith plays out in the real world.

The word “apologetics” stems from the Greek word “apologia”, which means defending one’s beliefs through proofs or reason. But what does it look like to “make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason”? Will we have to be Biblical scholars or seminary graduates in order to engage in apologetics?

Read More Here: What is Christian Apologetics and Why is it Important?

 

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Train to Reign

Family is the most vital relationship and the one under the most pressure and attack.

Throughout the year, we welcome individuals, couples, and families from around the world who are seeking to strengthen their relationships – with God, within their own families, and with their fellow believers. Every session, individuals, couples, and families from around the world are transformed, healed, and renewed. Barriers to forgiveness, personal growth, and hope are overcome in a supportive and intimate environment. Join us in this safe and holy place where painful and complex situations can be worked through – a place of hope and healing.

Learn more here.

Teaching topics include:

  • The Plan of God for Family
  • Duty vs Intimacy
  • Fatherhood
  • Communication
  • Covering
  • Resolving Conflict
  • Defeating Parenting Fears
  • Discipline
  • …and more!

4 Powerful Life Lessons from the Books of 1 Peter and 2 Peter 

Here is some great insight from Kristen Terrette holds a Master’s in Theological Studies and served as a Children’s Ministry Director for five years. She cherishes her Southern roots and currently lives forty-five minutes outside of Atlanta, GA. She’s following her dream by writing Christian fiction during the day and being a wife and mom come early afternoon when the family arrives home. She serves on the women’s leadership team at her church and writes for Wholly Loved Ministries and Crosswalk.com

Peter may have demonstrated more spiritual growth than any other New Testament character, going from a greatly flawed human to one redeemed and spiritually mature. My jaw drops at Peter’s actions, then cringes at how badly he eats his words at times.

Do you ever see a bit of yourself in Peter? Can you relate to his ignorance? Lack of self-control? Seemingly thoughtless questions? Quickness to bravery, then flip to cowardice?

Peter speaks to my heart because I think, He’s just like me. 

Through him, our eyes are opened to more of God’s Word, and we’re urged to take another step in our relationship with Jesus. Here are four powerful life lessons from 1 Peter and 2 Peter:

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4 Powerful Life Lessons from the Books of 1 Peter and 2 Peter – Bible Study



If you would like to donate to the Christian Training Center, please click here.

Check out our upcoming ministry programs for young adults and families. Please click here.

Our programs are like an immersion into a new language – the language of living in Jesus.  The goal is fluency in the language of relationships.  Programs share a sequential vision, building an understanding of relationships and family culture.  The foundation is an encounter with Jesus.  This encounter is the means for both insight and vision.  Encountering Jesus leads a radical change in living and relationships.

Heroes Semester is a 10-week residential, “family style” living experience like no other! | — Sept 2 – Nov 9, 2019 | Participants ages 18-26 come with one purpose – to go deeper with the Lord. ow.ly/Nhag30oRYRK

Strengthening & Restoring Family Relationships — Train to Reign Program — Oct 20 – Nov 2 | Family is the most vital relationship and the one under the most pressure and attack. Come strengthen your family in a strong relationship with God. http://ow.ly/l5SU30oS5pQ

1 Peter: Sanctification & Purification

“We cannot come into the presence [of God] if Jesus hadn’t shed that blood. He tore the veil from top to bottom, ripped it open, that we would have access to the very presence of God Himself.”
Join us as Larry Pons goes over the main points of First Peter in this final message of the series.

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1 Peter (Recap)

“The motives that drive us to sin can never be greater than the motivation to avoid sin because of what Jesus did.”
In this video CTCI director, Larry Pons, takes us through a recap of some of the main points in 1 Peter.

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1 Peter: Summary (Part 2)

“We are to feast on the Word of Truth and let its seed within us bear the future fruit of righteousness, which nourishes this new life. It’s by the Word of God that we’re fed.”
In this message, CTCI Director Larry Pons takes us through a summary of the book of 1 Peter.

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1 Peter Summary

“The foundation of our faith is a living hope because of what [Jesus] accomplished on the cross. There is now, and forevermore, an inseparable union between Him and us.”
In this message, CTCI Director Larry Pons takes us through a summary of the book of 1 Peter.

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1 Peter 5:1-11

“The eternal victory is ours, regardless of what we have to face. It doesn’t matter what we’re facing – faith is being readied to rule and reign with Him throughout eternity.”
In this message, CTCI Director Larry Pons takes us through the book of 1 Peter.

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1 Peter 5:1-7

“Humility is the preserver of peace, not only in the Church, but in the family.”
In this message, CTCI Director Larry Pons takes us through the book of 1 Peter.

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1 Peter 5:1-4

“To lovingly lead His people into righteousness by faith – that is the role of a leader.”
In this message, CTCI Director Larry Pons takes us through the book of 1 Peter.

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