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Holy Gospel Moms

Holy gospel moms show love for one another by living based on the good news of the eternal Word of God with others.


We are going to look this morning at 1 Peter 1:13–25. Now, this section is an admonition for all believers. 1 Peter talks about applying the gospel in the dailyness of our lives. All the spheres of connections we have, whether they be with other people or with government or at home or with our children or in the church, and it works through all of those things. This section applies to everyone, but we are going to apply it specifically this morning through the lens of how a mother should embrace the vision as a Christian given here. Because like everybody else, 1 Peter talks about how mothers are to live as missionaries in their daily lives and live for the sake of the gospel. So I want to talk to you today about holy gospel moms.

[Read 1 Peter 1:13–25]

“Mom, are you holy?” Now, there is one problem with that question, and that is that holy in the Bible does not mean at all what most of us think of today. At worst today, holy signifies in somebody’s mind someone who is inaccessible or proud. You hear the phrase that that person is holier than thou. It is sort of used as a synonym with some people for self-righteousness or being condescending. That’s at worst. At best, holiness is often used today to refer to outward behavior. Often it is associated with rule keeping. That person is a part of a holiness group, so they wear their dress a certain length or whatever else. Or to use a sort of a person who has that big spiritual resume: They teach this, and they speak here. So that person is holy. Someone who is busy in doing very public things, high profile things in the name of Christ.

But none of those things are what the Bible is talking about when it talks about being holy. Holy ...

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David Prince is Pastor of Preaching and Vision at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington, KY. He also serves as Assistant Professor of Christian Preaching at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He is the author of In the Arena: The Promise of Sports for Christian Discipleship and he blogs at www.davidprince.com.

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