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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 05, 2015
Passage: 1 Peter 1:7-9
Duration: 1 hr 5 mins 49 secs
Do Christians needs psychological help when they have problems? Listen to this lesson to learn that God created flexibility in our brains so we can recover from the chaos that comes from our sin nature. See that the choices we make in life become cumulative and cause neural pathways in our brain. Find out that choosing to obey God leads to spiritual maturity and the peace and happiness that come with it. Learn that the only lasting solution is to commit to making the Word of God our priority and experience the transformation promised in the Bible.
Thu, Oct 22, 2015
Passage: 1 Peter 1:7-9
Duration: 59 mins 31 secs
Do you walk as a wise person or as a fool? You’re always doing one or the other. They are mutually exclusive. Listen to this lesson to learn about a number of Scriptures that teach us equivalent terms for the spiritual life including abiding in Christ, walking by means of the Spirit, and walking in the light. See that the opposite condition is walking in darkness. Learn the importance of confession, its connection to the filling of the Spirit in Ephesians 5:18, and the correct interpretation of 1 John 1:7-9. Find out that you have to compare Scriptures in order to see the whole picture taught in the Bible.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015
Passage: 1 Peter 1:7-9
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 13 secs
Have you ever been so happy you were almost ecstatic? Maybe you got that raise you've been wanting or got accepted into the college you had dreamed about. It's easy to be happy when things are going your way. Listen to this lesson to learn about a true joy believers can have in the middle of unimaginable disasters. See that God has a training program tailored for each of us to develop the spiritual skills we need to experience this joy. Find out that this requires choices on our part so that even when it's hard and uncomfortable we can apply the Word of God to guide our actions.
Thu, Oct 01, 2015
Passage: 1 Peter 1:7-9
Duration: 1 hr 3 mins 53 secs
So you’ve taken an important test. What did you find out about yourself? Were you prepared or did you fail? Listen to this lesson to learn that there are tests we take throughout our Christian life. Find out what the purpose of this testing is. See that the tests we face are individually tailored by God for each one of us. The next time you're hit with an unexpected difficulty, call upon the content of the doctrine in your soul so you can endure it with the help of God the Holy Spirit.
Thu, Sep 24, 2015
Passage: 1 Peter 1:6-7
Duration: 59 mins 50 secs
How can a Christian have joy and rejoice when everything in their life seems like a disaster? Listen to this lesson to learn that it’s not something we can do on our own. Find out that we can only have joy in suffering and disappointment and grief when we are learning God’s Word and walking by means of the Spirit. Learn about two words used for joy in the New Testament and the significance of each. Hear six aspects of joy and that it is supernatural. See similar passages in 1st Peter and James as they deal with joy. Understand that even if we face persecution for our faith in Christ, we can rejoice because we know about the eternal rewards we will receive.

At the beginning of this class Dr. Dean showed a video on Mormom missionaries.

The book Dr. Dean references in this class is called The State of the American Mind: 16 Leading Critics on the New Anti-Intellectualism.

Dr. Dean also mentioned Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America by Robert Whitaker.

Thu, Sep 17, 2015
Passage: 1 Peter 1:6-7
Duration: 54 mins
Be happy and full of joy when all these troubles are staring me in the face? Impossible! Listen to this lesson to learn that faith is the means of this seemingly impossible rejoicing. Learn the meaning and the purpose of the trials that all Christians endure. See that happiness is a choice. Find out two things absolutely necessary for us to handle our trials with joy and what we must not base our happiness on. Prepare for the many tests that are sure to come your way by learning the Word of God and being motivated by love for the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thu, Sep 10, 2015
Passage: 1 Peter 1:4-5
Duration: 58 mins 54 secs
On guard! Are you prepared to engage in hand-to-hand combat against three vicious enemies of the Christian? Listen to this lesson to learn who these enemies are and the solution that God provided in eternity past. Understand that spiritual warfare demands that we learn the Word of God and walk by means of the Holy Spirit. Find out what our living hope is and how it gives us courage as we accept our personal sense of destiny. Instead of giving in and crawling into a hole, learn to love the battle that God has designed for us.

The book Dr. Dean references in this class is called The State of the American Mind: 16 Leading Critics on the New Anti-Intellectualism.

Dr. Dean also quoted from Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America by Robert Whitaker.

Thu, Sep 03, 2015
Passage: 1 Peter 1:4-5
Duration: 57 mins 23 secs
“Nobody knows the troubles I’ve seen. Nobody knows but Jesus.” Is this one of those times in your life when trials and troubles seem to multiply daily? Listen to this lesson to learn that God has provided for just such difficulties as these. Find out that not only can we handle adversity, there’s an added bonus. God has promised that if we go through these times trusting in Him and utilizing His power, we will earn rewards for all eternity. Learn what the last times of this passage refer to and understand six important ways to face our problems God’s way.
Thu, Aug 27, 2015
Passage: 1 Peter 1:3-4
Duration: 56 mins 21 secs
“I won’t have to cross Jordan alone.” Have you sung songs about crossing the Jordan River when you die? Listen to this lesson to learn that the Jordan River has nothing to do with death. Understand that only two Israelites who left Egypt crossed into the Promised Land as a reward for their obedience to God. See that salvation is always a free gift but rewards are earned. Hear the example of Moses as someone who lost that portion of his inheritance. Decide whether you want to live in obedience to God and press on to spiritual maturity to receive the rewards of eternity.
Thu, Aug 20, 2015
Passage: 1 Peter 1:3-4
Duration: 1 hr 12 mins 58 secs
Do you like incentives? Do promises of rewards motivate you? Listen to this lesson to learn that all believers have a basic inheritance but that the Bible teaches that there are special rewards for those Christians who grow to spiritual maturity in this life. See the example of Abraham and the Royal Grant covenant in the Old Testament as the first mention of inheritance. In light of these incentives, organize your life in such a way as to grow spiritually and receive the incredible rewards that are promised.

Includes a presentation by Paul Miles of boldgrace.org at the end.