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Galatians 5:16-23 teaches that at any moment we are either walking by the Holy Spirit or according to the sin nature. Walking by the Spirit, enjoying fellowship with God, walking in the light are virtually synonymous. During these times, the Holy Spirit is working in us to illuminate our minds to the truth of Scripture and to challenge us to apply what we learn. But when we sin, we begin to live based on the sin nature. Our works do not count for eternity. The only way to recover is to confess (admit, acknowledge) our sin to God the Father and we are instantly forgiven, cleansed, and recover our spiritual walk (1 John 1:9). Please make sure you are walking by the Spirit before you begin your Bible study, so it will be spiritually profitable.

1 Peter (2015)

1 Peter (2015)

January 2015 - April 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, Apr 20, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 3:15
Duration: 1 hr 9 mins 43 secs
What can mankind understand from observation and logic? Listen to this lesson to learn that while we can learn many things, we are dependent on revelation from God to understand truth. See that the Bible contains this truth while apologetics is concerned with why we believe what we believe. Hear how it is a myth that science and Christianity are at war with each other. Learn that God created facts and man was created to understand God’s communication in the Bible.

Click here to view the video uploaded by The Bible Society of Egypt entitled "Forgiveness Incarnated."

Thu, Apr 13, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 3:15
Duration: 1 hr 14 mins 18 secs
Many unbelievers have reasons why they say they can’t believe in God. Are you able to answer their objections in a thoughtful way? Listen to this lesson to learn that apologetics is a study of ways to defend the truth of God’s Word. Learn that evidences are tools that we can use when talking to unbelievers. See why only divine revelation is sufficient to learn about God. Find out how the Bible consistently presents a rational case for why we should believe in the truth of God’s Word beginning in Genesis.

Additional information on apologetics by Charlie Clough is available here:

Giving an Answer

Theology and Apologetics

Thu, Apr 06, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 3:15
Duration: 1 hr 12 mins 54 secs

Do you have a ready answer when someone asks you why you believe in God? Listen to this lesson to hear how to defend that the Scriptures are the only truth. Learn what facts are, how they can be interpreted differently, and how we can apply logic and rationalism, which is our common ground with unbelievers. Learn what evidences are and hear four basic elements in apologetics. Do not be in a hurry but find out where people are in their thinking and take them to the next step.

Additional information on apologetics by Charlie Clough is available here:

Giving an Answer

Theology and Apologetics

Thu, Mar 23, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 3:15
Duration: 1 hr 8 mins 22 secs
What evidence can we use when defending Christianity to unbelievers? Listen to this lesson to learn about apologetics, which is a defense of the truth of the Bible. Understand that the purpose of apologetics is not to win an argument but to win over others so they can change their minds. Hear ways to talk to unbelievers by understanding the common ground we share. See several objections to learning apologetics and understand that we are commanded by God to be ready to answer unbelievers.

Additional information on apologetics by Charlie Clough is available here:

Giving an Answer

Theology and Apologetics

Thu, Mar 09, 2017
Passage: 1 Peter 3:15
Duration: 1 hr 8 mins 57 secs

Do you become flustered when someone asks about your beliefs, especially someone who is hostile to you? Listen to this lesson to see that we need to be ready to answer everyone who asks us. Find out what apologetics means and the importance of it. Understand that this is a strong stand for the truth of the Scriptures and not an apology for what we believe. Imagine yourself as a missionary trying to tell someone about the gospel who believes in a perverted pagan worldview.

During this class Dr. Dean discussed apologetics and referenced some additional material by Charlie Clough on the subject:

Giving an Answer

Theology and Apologetics

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.