January 2015 - February 2017
Note: Classes in this series are arranged with the most recent class appearing first.
This epistle focuses on the critical doctrine of how we face adversity and how we are to think about it in our lives. The key word is the word for suffering and its many synonyms. The purpose is to remind all believers that God has a destiny and a future inheritance for them. What we think of as speed bumps interfering with our personal plans are actually God’s training tools and are to be expected, rejoiced in, and not dreaded.
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Thu, Feb 09, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 3:13-17
Duration: 1 hr 6 mins 33 secs
Do you have trouble believing in the goodness of God when you see all the bad things that are happening in this world? Listen to this lesson to hear how we can know about and have confidence in the goodness of God. Beginning with God’s creation, see how its beauty illustrates His goodness to mankind. Find out that His character or essence is an all-encompassing goodness that we can rely on. As Christians living in a hostile culture, see the importance of being able to explain God’s goodness and His plan of salvation to those around us.
During this class Dr. Dean briefly discussed apologetics. Additional material on apologetics is available in the following resources:
Giving an Answer
Theology and Apologetics
Thu, Jan 26, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 3:10-14
Duration: 56 mins 14 secs
You would never think of starting a raging out-of-control fire in your neighborhood, would you? Listen to this lesson to learn that that the Bible tells us that our tongue starts fires when we gossip, slander, and malign others. See that evil words that spew out of our mouths come from our sin nature and are destructive to us and to the object of our anger. Hear a listing of types of sins of the tongue, including lying, yelling, flattery, judging, and bitter rants. As we move on in this chapter we begin a study of suffering unjustly. Find out that we are always to be ready to explain what we believe to unbelievers.
Thu, Jan 19, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 3:9-12
Duration: 1 hr 5 mins 17 secs
Would you like to live a good life? The answer to that is pretty obvious because everyone would like that. The good news is that the Bible tells us how to achieve it. Listen to this lesson to see what it takes. The basic requirement is that we are believers who do not pay people back when they wrong us. If that seems impossible, it’s because it is unless you are confessing your sins, being filled by the Holy Spirit, and walking by means of the Spirit. Listen to the other requirements to guarantee happiness in the Christian life. See that this is best illustrated by the Good Samaritan.
Thu, Jan 12, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 3:8-9
Duration: 1 hr 11 mins 45 secs
Why can’t we just lead peaceful lives with no problems? Listen to this lesson to learn that we live in the Kosmic system that is hostile to Christians. As believers we have to choose whether to believe God’s truth or Satan’s viewpoint. See that it is only when we walk by means of the Spirit and learn God’s Word that we can be transformed in our thinking. Find out five qualities of thinking God’s way and what they mean. See that we need to be reliant on God and live peacefully with others so we can share the gospel with them.
Thu, Jan 05, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 3:7
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 50 secs
What is the husband’s responsibility toward his wife? Listen to this lesson to see that the husband is told to love his wife. Find out the meaning of the word used here for love and hear a biblical description of love, both the positive and negative sides of it. See how God uses our spouses to help us grow spiritually and that a Christian marriage should be a reflection to angels and the world of Christ’s love for the church. To fulfill this, a husband must be walking by means of the Spirit and growing spiritually.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 3:1-6
Duration: 1 hr 0 mins 45 secs
How should a wife behave when married to an unbelieving husband? Listen to this lesson to learn how the Bible gives general principles for this and for all marriages. See that the woman is to show respect for her husband and win him to salvation by her actions, rather than her words. Find out how she is to emphasize her inner character rather than than just make an outward fashion statement. See that both the husband and wife are to respect one another in a way that promotes stability in their family and for society.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 3:1-2
Duration: 1 hr 0 mins 60 secs
How could the way a married couple dance together reveal a picture of their marriage? Listen to this lesson to learn that in dancing the man is to lead and the woman follow, so God has designated those roles for marriage. Learn that a man is held responsible by God for the success of the marriage. Learn the importance of a man listening to his wife and the mental attitudes required by both of them. See that each Christian couple has the mission of glorifying God by their marriage and that only when they work together can they fulfill this mission.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 3:1-2 & Philippians 2:5-12
Duration: 1 hr 5 mins 58 secs
Is it important for us to assert ourselves so we will be noticed and obtain our rights? Listen to this lesson to learn that the opposite is true. Instead, we are to submit to the authority of God and delegated authorities in order to glorify Him. See that when Jesus Christ submitted to death on the cross for our sins He set an example for us to follow. Learn that being submissive does not mean inferiority. Begin a study of the comparison of marriage with dancing where each partner has clearly defined roles and must work as a team.
Thu, Dec 08, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 2:21-25 & Philippians 2:5-12
Duration: 1 hr 7 mins 15 secs
What is the path to greatness? Listen to this lesson to hear how Jesus took the path of humility and became the most important human who ever lived. See that humbling yourself means submission to authority. Find out four realities we have in Christ and five things we should do. Hear an explanation of Jesus’ relationship with God the Father both before and during the Incarnation. As believers see that Jesus is our example of how we are to relate to authority.
Thu, Dec 01, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 2:21-25 & Philippians 2:1-8
Duration: 59 mins 8 secs
What is humility? Does it mean we give up all our rights and let others take advantage of us? Listen to this lesson to learn that Jesus accepted unjust treatment and is our example. Find out what love for God involves and how it is our motivation for impersonal love for everyone. Learn about Moses’ humility and hear two Greek words that are used throughout the New Testament for humility. Realize that God sometimes has us go through difficult, humiliating circumstances so we can glorify Him by submitting to His authority.