This might be the most difficult part of the Bible to understand! So this message goes in depth on the issue of whether or not Jesus went to hell when he died, and what Peter means when he says that baptism now saves, and how to figure out the meaning of a text in context. In the end we find that this section is a parenthesis, supporting Peter’s main point in the bigger context. We look at that main point towards the end of the sermon to keep our perspective the same as the author’s.
This message from 1 Peter 3:8-17 encompasses two topics related to heaven: Rewards and apologetics. Apologetics is the rational defense of the faith. Peter exhorts believers to be ready to give a reason (apologia in Greek) for the hope we have, so we look at how to do that.
In this message we look at the husband’s responsibility to love and lead in marriage.
In this section of 1 Peter we discover God’s exhortation to wives, including wives who have husbands who do not believe in Jesus. Peter then turns his attention to the husband’s responsibility in marriage, which we cover in the next message.
In this message, pastor and missionary Joshua Smith unpacks the mysterious and powerful teaching of Ephesians 3:10, showing us the significance for our church in Mexico City right now. (Note: the recording gets cut off near the end of the message, so the final part of the message is missing.)
This is a hard message. It goes against our grain. In instructing first century slaves how to be good Christian slaves, Peter has a message for the church: don’t retaliate.
For Easter Sunday we looked at God’s amazing grace from Romans 3:23-24.
This message looks at how Christians are to serve each other and build each other up in the faith. Paul the Apostle uses the analogy of the body in Ephesians 4:11-16 to communicate the closeness and interdependence believers should share. This message also provides a helpful guide to finding your ministry gifts.
In 1 Peter 2:11-17 Peter shows the importance of living changed lives. In the Bible there is a direct connection between our changed lives and our friends and family coming to believe that God is real. Of course there is more to it than that, but as many thoughtful Christian leaders have noted, the ultimate argument for the truthfulness of Christianity will be the changed lives of Christ’s followers.
1 Peter 2:9-10 is one of the richest bits of spiritual treasure in the Bible! One of the most important things we can learn from the Bible, besides what God is like, is what we are like. What we believe about ourselves directly affects how we live. So Peter reviews how God has changed our identity to be his special possession. From here he talks about our purpose as God’s chosen people in this life.