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April 14, 2024 Sermon Notes and Questions

“A Sinner’s Guide to Life”

Week 2, “Can I Really be Holy?”

1 Peter 1:10-16

April 14, 2024

Darin Elquist


Message Notes 


Dedicated or consecrated to God or a religious purpose.


Having been declared sacred


1 Peter 1:10-12  

As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries,

11 seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow.

12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look.

1. Think Ahead 

 “Therefore, prepare your minds for action…” (Vs. 13)  

Proverbs 21:5 

The plans of the diligent certainly lead to advantage, 

But everyone who is in a hurry certainly comes to poverty. 

2. Keep Sober

“…keep sober in spirit…” (Vs. 13) 

Notice it says “KEEP” sober implying that sober is your default.

Because of your faith in Jesus, you are able to maintain a certain level of calm. 


Keeping sober in spirit- 

To be calm, and collected in spirit, to be temperate, dispassionate.  


1 Thessalonians 5:6 

so then, let’s not sleep as others do, but let’s be alert and sober. 


3. Set your Hope on Grace 

“…set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

(Vs. 13) 


2 Corinthians 4:18 

…for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 


1 John 3:3 

And everyone who has this hope set on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 

 According to John, hope and holiness go together. 


4. Don’t Be Conformed to This World 

 1 Peter 1:14 

As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance. 


Romans 12:2 

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,

so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. 


5. Be Holy! 

1 Peter 1:15-16 

but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;

because it is written: “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.” 


Leviticus 11:44-45  

For I am the LORD your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, because I am holy. And you shall not make yourselves unclean with any of the swarming things that swarm on the earth.  

45 For I am the LORD who brought you up from the land of Egypt, to be your God; so you shall be holy, because I am holy.’” 

In Leviticus 20:26, this same mandate is linked to the role of Israel as God’s special people… 

Leviticus 20:26 

So you are to be holy to Me, for I the LORD am holy;

and I have singled you out from the peoples to be Mine. 


Reasons to be holy:

 Because God told us to (obedience) 

Because God is holy (imitation) we imitate those we look up to 

Because the people in and around our lives are watching. (1 Pet 2:12) 


It really only takes two things to be holy 

  1. We must be set apart from the world 
  2. We must be different from the world 


Holiness is a journey, it does not happen overnight, and it does not happen on its own.

It takes the power of the HS along with your willingness to be obedient. 


Be Holy, for I am Holy!


April 20- Bill West Retirement Party  

1pm to 4pm at The Bridge Church Reno  


April 28- We will meet for service at The Bridge in Reno  

We will join our sister church on this Sunday to say goodbye and thank you to Pastor Bill West and Kim for serving this church for 15 years.   

1330 Foster Drive.   


WK 2 Small Group Questions 

  1. Read 1 Peter 1:10-12, what does salvation mean?  Is everyone saved?  How does a person obtain salvation? 
  2. What does it mean in verse 11 the “Spirit of Christ within them”?  Is this the same as the Holy Spirit?  Why or why not? 
  3. Read 1 Peter 1:13-16, what does it mean to be holy?  Are we holy?  Why or why not? What are some ways listed in the sermon to control ourselves and what are some of the characteristics of each? 
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    4. ______________________ 
    5. ______________________ 
  4. What does it mean to be “sober in spirit”? 
  5. Read 1 John 3:3, how do we purify ourselves? 
  6. Read Romans 12:2, how can we know God’s will? 
  7. Read Leviticus 11:44-45, are we still held to the law in the Old Testament?  Why or why not? In the New Testament, can we make ourselves unclean?  If so how if not, why? 
  8. Please continue to pray for the children’s ministry that God would open the eyes of the kids in there and that God would continue to fill the teacher’s to pour into the children.