When Taking Responsibility is Hard

Dr. Steve Viars September 1, 2013 1 Peter 1:13-16

2 characteristics of the individual who accepts, rejoices in, and acts on personal responsibility during times of trial

I. A Life of Steadfast Hope

v. 13 - fix your hope completely…

A. By having a prepared mind

v. 13 - …prepare your minds for action.

B. By having a sober spirit

v. 13 - keep sober in spirit

D. Edmond Hiebert – “It denotes a condition free from every form of mental and spiritual loss of self-control…it inculcates a calm, steady state of mind that evaluates things correctly, and is not thrown off balance…”

C. By having a fixed hope

v. 13 - fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

cf. v. 4 - reserved in heaven for you…

cf. v. 5 - to be revealed in the last time…

cf. v. 7 - may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ…

Hebrews 11:8-10 - By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

I John 3:3 - And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

II. A Life of Personal Holiness

A. By having a right view of oneself

v. 14 - As obedient children

B. By breaking the mold of your former lusts

v. 14 - do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours by ignorance

C. By being committed to personal holiness

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.”

Dr. Steve Viars


Senior Pastor - Faith Church

Director - Faith Legacy Foundation


B.S.: Pre-Seminary & Bible, Baptist Bible College (Now Clarks Summit University)
M.Div.: Grace Theological Seminary
D.Min.: Biblical Counseling, Westminster Theological Seminary

Dr. Steve Viars has served at Faith Church in Lafayette, IN since 1987. Pastor Viars leads and equips Faith Church as Senior Pastor with a focus on preaching and teaching God’s Word and using his organizational skills in guiding the implementation of the Faith Church mission and vision. He oversees the staff, deacons, and all Faith Church ministries. Dr. Viars serves on the boards of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Biblical Counseling Coalition, Vision of Hope, and the Faith Community Development Corporation. Steve is the author, co-author, or contributor to six books and numerous booklets. He and his wife, Kris, were married in 1982 and have two married daughters, a son, and four grandchildren.

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