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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 - 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, Nov 17, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 2:21-25
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 12 secs

When we are under incredible pressure what should we do? Listen to this lesson to learn that we are to follow Jesus’ example when He submitted Himself to unjust authority, even to a horrible death on the cross. Find out about three kinds of followers and how they apply to our lives. Learn that much of Peter’s teaching here comes from Isaiah in the Old Testament referring to Christ. As believers realize that we have a choice whether to become disciples and say no to self-indulgence and self-centeredness.

During this Bible class Dr. Dean referenced an important video to watch called "The Sacrifice," available on Joel Kramer's website at sourceflix.com.

Thu, Nov 10, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 2:18-23
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 28 secs
Are men and women basically the same aside from their physical differences? And are they equal in every way as many assert today? Listen to this lesson to see that God created men and women differently because they have different roles to fulfill. See why this does not mean that either sex is superior to the other and that both are to humble themselves by subordinating themselves to authority. Hear a brief discussion of metaphysics and Darwinism to help us understand that it is God who gives us our rights.
Thu, Nov 03, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 2:18-23
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 9 secs
When we submit to unfair authority are we just being a doormat? Listen to this lesson to see that Christians who obey unfair people who are over us develop humility and grace orientation. See that when we obey these people we are being gracious toward them even though they do not deserve it. Understand that how we respond to authority reveals how we respond to Christ. Find out that being submissive will be rewarded at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
Thu, Oct 27, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 2:18
Duration: 1 hr 8 mins 48 secs
What does it mean to be a slave to God? Listen to this lesson to learn that we are always a slave either to the sin nature or to God. See that it is our volition that makes the difference. Hear four commands about respecting authority. Review the divine institutions and see how this shows why open borders are not God’s plan for nations. See Peter’s admonition to the lowest members of society that applies to all of us is to obey leaders even when they are unfair.
Thu, Oct 20, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 2:13-17
Duration: 1 hr 8 mins 1 sec
What does submission to every ordinance of man mean? Listen to this lesson to learn that the only laws that are to be resisted are those that contradict biblical commands. Hear about the Magdeburg Confession and how nine pastors resisted laws which infringed on their right to choose their religion. See that the believer living under a pagan government is to do the revealed will of God, do good and live peaceably during their lives.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 2:13-17
Duration: 1 hr 5 mins 47 secs
Looking at the chaos happening in our country, do you have questions about submission to governmental authority? Listen to this lesson to hear a discussion of the principles that the colonists used in breaking away from Great Britain. Hear answers to a number of questions concerning what our attitude toward government should be. Learn about the midwife and Rahab options and how Peter and John continued to preach as Jesus had commanded them to do but suffered the consequences. Accept that all of us may face similar situations in the future and the importance of walking by the Spirit and maturing spiritually.
Thu, Oct 06, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 2:13-17
Duration: 1 hr 12 mins 28 secs

Is it ever right to refuse to submit to a governing authority? Listen to this lesson to learn what the Bible has to say about authority orientation. Hear biblical and historical examples of those rightfully committing civil disobedience when either told to do something the Bible forbids or forbids what is mandated in the Bible. Find out whether the Founding Fathers were justified in not submitting to the King of England. Does God only expect us to respect the office but not the one holding the office? The answers to some of these difficult questions may surprise you.

Dr. Dean referenced an article by David Barton entitled “The American Revolution: Was it an Act of Biblical Rebellion?” during this class.

Thu, Sep 29, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 2:13-17
Duration: 1 hr 0 mins 25 secs
What does grace orientation have to do with our response to authority? Listen to this lesson to see that Jesus is our major example of submission to unjust authority. Hear the only exception to obeying legitimate authority. When faced with unjust but designated authority, do not look for wiggle room or an escape clause or you will be resisting the ordinances of God.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 2:11-12
Duration: 1 hr 5 mins 45 secs
After we trust in Christ as our Savior can we just say no to sin? Listen to this lesson to learn that it is only when we walk by the Spirit that we can obey the command to abstain from sin. See the part our lust pattern plays in this. Find out that sin will always be a battle in our lives. Learn that confession of sin means that we once again can walk by the Spirit. See that Christ’s death freed us from the penalty of sin but it is only when we are walking by the Spirit that we are freed from sin’s power in our lives.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 2:11-12
Duration: 1 hr 1 mins 19 secs
If you have ever wondered how mankind was formed and what he consists of then this lesson on Biblical anthropology is for you. Listen to hear that the Bible makes a distinction between the human soul and the human spirit and the function of each. See that our body was prepared by God as He shaped it from the dust of the earth. Find out what it means to be created in the image of God. Learn there is no life until God breathes life into this body. Understand that because of Adam’s fall we only become what God intended when we trust in Christ as our Savior.