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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, Sep 01, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 2:11-12
Duration: 57 mins 44 secs

Do Christians have to quit sinning before they can live the Christian life? Listen to this lesson to learn that because of our sin nature we will never completely cease to sin, but that God’s grace is available for confession of our sins. See that since we are part of the family of God our behavior should not be habitual sinning. Find out the meaning of "flesh" and see who the beloved are. Listen to Peter’s exhortation that we live a spiritually responsible lifestyle.

During this class Dr. Dean mentioned an article published on AmericanThinker.com entitled "The Death of Evangelicalism."

Thu, Aug 25, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 2:9-10
Duration: 1 hr 0 mins 52 secs
What does it mean that all Christians are priests? Listen to this lesson to see that when we trust in Christ He is our High Priest and we all function as priests. Hear about the earliest priests in the Age of the Gentiles. See that priests are intercessors. Learn about the duties of the Levitical priests and all that involved, including the qualifications. Understand that the rules they followed were designed to teach spiritual lessons to the people and pointed to the priesthood of Jesus Christ. Because Christ is royal, we are royal priests and have the privilege of offering spiritual sacrifices to God.
Thu, Aug 11, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 2:5-9
Duration: 1 hr 10 mins 47 secs
Why is Christ called a stumbling stone? Listen to this lesson to learn that those who rejected Christ as the Messiah were offended by Him. Find out that just as God called Israel to be special and they were to let the nations around them know about God, so Christians in the Church Age are royal priests who are to proclaim the gospel to the world. Understand that the most important thing in our lives today is to serve God so we will be trained to rule and reign with Him in the future kingdom.
Thu, Aug 04, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 2:4-5
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 36 secs
When we make sacrifices to God does that mean we have to give up something for Him? Listen to this lesson to hear five points on what makes acceptable sacrifices to God, including praise and singing. See how these sacrifices involve the Holy Spirit and our priesthood. Find out how the Messiah has become a stumbling stone to some men but is special or choice in God’s eyes. See how those who trust in Christ as their Savior become living stones.
Thu, Jul 28, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 2:4
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 49 secs
Is there any difference between believing Jews and all other believers in the Church Age? Listen to this lesson as Peter applies verses from the Old Testament to the Jewish believers he is writing to. Find out nine things about the living stones in this passage and who the Chief Cornerstone refers to. Review four ways Old Testament passages are used in the New Testament. Take time to appreciate the many blessings both Jewish and all other believers share which are given them by the living God.
Thu, Jul 21, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 2:4
Duration: 1 hr 3 mins 57 secs
Are all believers part of the Royal Family of God? Listen to this lesson to hear that while Peter is addressing Jewish-background believers, he is not saying that there are differences between Jewish and Gentile believers in the Church Age. See that these verses are used by Replacement theologians to say that the Church has replaced Israel. Learn that the words Peter uses here to describe these Jewish believers come from the Old Testament but are applied to the Church. See that there is unity in the body of Christ that makes no distinctions.
Thu, Jul 14, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 2:1-3
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 51 secs
How does a crying baby set an example for new Christians? Listen to this lesson to learn that just as newborn babes scream to be fed so they can grow, Christians need to crave the Word of God for their spiritual growth. Hear a list of sins we commit that keep us from wanting to hear the Word of God. See that we can’t give these sins up on our own but that it is only by confession of sin and walking by means of the Holy Spirit that we can lay those sins aside so they no longer characterize our lives.
Thu, Jul 07, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 2:1-3
Duration: 1 hr 0 mins 31 secs
Why is the Word of God so important to a believer? Listen to this lesson to learn that nothing else we think is important in our life lasts. Only the Word of God lives and abides forever. See that Heaven and Earth will pass away but not God’s Word. See the importance of making it your first priority so you can survive and thrive all of the ups and downs that come. Listen to Psalm 119, the longest psalm in the Bible, as it tells us the importance of God’s Word.
Thu, Jun 23, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 1:21-25
Duration: 1 hr 7 mins 36 secs
Does God really expect us to love all believers, even the unlovely ones? Listen to this lesson to learn that we can only obey this command through the enabling of the Holy Spirit. When we understand what Christ has done for us and how we are a new creation in Him, we can begin to learn how to handle adversity and trials. See how Peter emphasizes that all of the details of this life fade and pass away but that the Word of God, the message of the gospel, lives and abides forever.
Thu, Jun 16, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 1:21-25
Duration: 1 hr 5 mins 9 secs
What does it mean to be purified? Listen to this lesson to see that Peter in this passage is referring to the purification that takes place when someone accepts Christ as their Savior, but in some other places in Scripture it refers to confession of sin after salvation. Find out that after being purified believers are to love one another in a consistent, steadfast manner.