We are called to suffer at the hands of the unjust, and following Christ’s example. If there is a way to minimize the suffering, take those steps. But we still…
What does it mean to say that ‘The Bible is all about God's ethics and promises’? From Genesis to Revelation it is all about God’s high standards that he has…
Peter discusses relationships with non-believers, especially to those in authority. We are all called to follow Christ’s example. Just as Christ suffered at the hands of unjust men we are…
This passage is Trinitarian because of its references to Yahweh in the OT that are now fulfilled in Jesus. Fulfills John 16:14 “He [the Holy Spirit] will glorify me” If…

1 Peter 1:1-25

December 19, 2021
1 Peter is accepted as a book written by Peter, the apostle of Jesus. It is a very Trinitarian book, referring to the Father, Son and Spirit all acting closely…
This doctrine started being developed the final night of Jesus’ life. (Hinted at in the OT - starting with Genesis 1; but described in John) It started taking shape over…
Paul concludes his letter. Do you test your understanding of Scripture and your faith? Is your faith genuine? Do you navigate life while keeping your eyes on Jesus? Do you…
Paul wraps up his letter with his testimony, his “boasting”, that he is truly a blessed apostle that Christ is using. The false teachers do not have the same testimony.…
Paul discusses more marks of cultic leaders. Some in the Corinthian church claim that Paul does not have the marks of an apostle. The cultic teachers have apparently made accusations…
Paul carefully exposes (traveling, cultic) teachers who appear to be skilled Christians but who have great self-esteem and use their arrogance when speaking and want to pull disciples after themselves.…
Paul continues discussing the donations for the Christians in Jerusalem who were in a very difficult situation. Paul gives guidance in how to decide how much to donate to this…
Paul discusses arrangements for the Corinthian church to continue in making donations for the Christians in Jerusalem who were in a very difficult situation. Paul gives guidance in how to…
Paul knows how to counsel, even when it is painful. Paul also knows how to follow his counsel with kind and comforting words. This helps the recipients keep to their…
Paul wraps up his long list of encouraging viewpoints with this final point that we should realize we are priests who will be serving in God’s temple in the Kingdom…
Paul continues to add to our list of what is encouraging to us as we face difficult times: Although we groan in our bodies we look to being present in…
When we compare the life of non-believers ... Although the gospel of Jesus being the Christ and the image of God is veiled for those who are perishing, we see…
Non-believers have a veil over their eyes. But Christians are granted to see the glory of the Christ! Who removes the veil over the mind? In Exodus 34:34 Who did…

Paul has had a difficult time since writing 1 Corinthians. Did the Corinthian church know what has been happening to Paul? Was he asking for money ... or what? In…
Who are the “sons of God”? Are there “sons of God” who have authority and have faithfully kept their position in God’s court? Is it possible for humans to be…
Who are the Sons of God? In this part 3, we will continue to examine possible implications that spirit sons of God have influenced human history and human governments down…
Who are the Sons of God? In this part 2 we will continue to examine possible implications that spirit sons of God have influenced human history and human governments down…
Who are the Sons of God? We will first examine what the Old Testament says on this and find some puzzling verses that are debated by scholars. We will see…
The Book of 1 Corinthians is loaded with refinements of ethical thinking. Much is still debated today. Today we will look at a highly debated topic in the church today:…
We have been looking at chapters 8-10 Chapter 8 - 9:19 Is about interacting with insiders (in the New Covenant). Chapter 9:20- 10 Is about interacting with outsiders. We will…
Chapter 8 - 9:19 Handling conscience matters - Interacting with those in the New Covenant. A strong Christian DOES have moral freedom to do many things but the strong MUST…
We now face questions regarding who can teach in a church? Some believe it is restricted to males. Some think women can be pastors and elders. Some choose which view…
Today we will see a passage (about 5 verses) that has puzzled mainstream Christianity for 2000 years. It is the reason the Catholic church invented the boy’s choir so as…
The God of the Bible is described as allowing and causing massive amounts of death and suffering. But this same God is described as being good and all-powerful? How can…
The God of the Bible is described as allowing and causing massive amounts of death and suffering. But this same God is described as being good and all-powerful? How can…
[Unfortunately the sermon's recording was lost] The Third cycle of speeches continues with (Cousin) Bildad and Job debate. Job speaks about wisdom.
This issue of choosing how to react to bad governmental decisions may lead to the issue of civil disobedience. When is disobedience a serious sin? - When God commands obedience…
We will look at issues that are in-between these two extremes. We will be addressing choices and how to use discernment to distinguish between what is wise and unwise. These…
In Ephesians 6:11-17 Paul says we have a battle with these unseen rulers in the heavenly places How do we fight against the divine court?
Who sets the political jurisdictions? Who is running the political jurisdictions? Under what conditions are these governing authorities to be resisted? The conditions would be rare While the civil authorities…
Differences between believers regarding public laws and jurisdictions can lead into an area that causes divisions in the Church. There are differences between believers about whether Christian ethics should apply…
The Church is in crisis Avoid quarrels over conscience matters. Refine your conscience on moral dilemmas. You should not use your friendship and peer pressure to push others to violate…
Where does the Christian lose his way? • A person feels a strong need to tell others and persuade them that there is some moral danger. • This person takes…
How do we resist judging others? What does the Bible say? Are we supposed to adopt another person’s belief to keep peace? If we are not supposed judge others, is…
The Church is in Crisis. The Church is being divided. Why does it happen? What should we do?
Church in Crisis A non-believer would look at the church today and be able to make this claim: “Using one verse in the Bible I can show that Christianity is…
There are two puzzles: -Why do the just suffer -and- -Why do the unjust prosper? Why is there no justice in this life? People may not notice these issues if…
Jews are not certain about their Redeemer. How could God arbitrate between man and God (Job 16:19-21)? Job’s words imply a future, physical resurrection at the end of time. The…
There are parallels and pictures found in the book of Job that point to 1) Job as a suffering servant. 2) A celestial redeemer who is both human and divine.…
Job 14:13-17 is the hope of those who suffer: God will overlook sin and call us from the grave because God hungers for his creation to be in His presence.…
Even with the troubles we see, it is not correct to conclude that God is not strong enough to stop them So what is the answer? God IS strong enough…
Job understands that God is magnificent and just, but is he fair? Job 9:32-35 identifies the need for and anticipates the coming of someone who is like man and can…
Through suffering our thoughts are drawn to think of the Sovereign and ask - does God care for his creation that is weak? Since God does not torment his creation…
This planet no longer matches God’s design for human enjoyment. Sometimes we do not know the purpose for a calamity. - This is like when Adam & Eve were told…
Job is put to the test by the Enemy. He is miserable. Job starts to examine the meaning of life and ask why he is facing such misery.
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