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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, 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.
Thu, Jun 09, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 1:20-21
Duration: 1 hr 3 mins 23 secs
How should we live our Christian lives knowing that someday we will give an account of ourselves before the Judgment Seat of Christ? Listen to this lesson to learn that Peter gives us a series of commands in the first chapter of 1 Peter. Hear more about the foreknowledge of God and how it means that He knew beforehand as a part of His omniscience. Find out when the “last hours” are and see what faith refers to. Learn to use the basic problem solving skills in order to grow and mature in the spiritual life.
Thu, Jun 02, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 1:20
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 30 secs
What does it mean when the Bible says that God knew “beforehand”? Listen to this lesson to learn that God knew beforehand those who would believe in Christ. Find out that Calvinism teaches that it means that God selected those who would believe but a word study shows the fallacy of that. Find out a number of scholars who have tried to prove that it means selection but they have no evidence. Learn the difference between foreknowledge and the will of God. See that God’s will and foreknowledge never overrides the free will of man.

At the beginning of this lesson Dr. Dean recommended a publication to read for more information on the Holocaust. Click for the April/May 2016 issue of Israel My Glory.

Thu, May 26, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 1:17-19
Duration: 54 mins 58 secs
When was the penalty for sin paid? At the cross or when we believe? Listen to this lesson to see that Christ paid the penalty for all sins on the cross but it is only when we believe that we are justified. Hear nine results of redemption and how Christ took the curse of the Law upon Himself. Learn that sanctification is a process but justification is instantaneous when we believe. Keep in mind that since we have been redeemed with the “precious blood of Christ”, no detail in this life is meaningful in an eternal sense.
Thu, May 19, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 1:17-19
Duration: 1 hr 8 mins 56 secs
Why did the Lord Jesus Christ become a human being? Listen to this lesson to learn our Redeemer had to be related to us in order to release us from our slavery to sin. Hear the story of the book of Ruth and find out how a kinsman-redeemer transformed the lives of Ruth and Naomi as a picture of Christ paying the price for us. Find out five basic characteristics of the kinsman-redeemer and how they apply to Christ. Learn that in Isaiah 40–66, Christ is portrayed as the Kinsman-Redeemer.
Thu, Apr 28, 2016
Passage: 1 Peter 1:17-19
Duration: 1 hr 0 mins 54 secs
If you’ve ever wanted to know more about what Christ accomplished for you on the Cross, listen to this lesson. Find out how all of us were born spiritually dead with a barrier between us and God. Learn the meaning of redemption and how it always involves paying a price. See that when we believe in Christ, God declares us just because we have Christ’s righteousness. Learn the meaning of unlimited atonement. Appreciate more than ever that God’s grace offers each of us this so-great salvation.