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   Priesthood of the Believer – Part 2
   1 Peter 2:5, 9
Sunday Morning Service,  July 31, 2016
 
Because of Christ's priestly work in providing a complete atonement for our sins we have access to God as believer priests.

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   Priesthood of the Believer – Part 1
   1 Peter 2:5, 9
Sunday School,  July 31, 2016
 
Because of Christ's priestly work in providing a complete atonement for our sins we have access to God as believer priests.

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   Partakers of Christ's Suffering
   1 Peter 2:21, John 12:9-19
Sunday Morning Service,  March 20, 2016
 
On Palm Sunday, we see, in the scripture, what we refer to as the Triumphal Entry. Jesus riding into Jerusalem on the back of a borrowed donkey's colt that had never been ridden before. The masses, religious leaders and the disciples all had different perceptions as to why this was taking place. The purpose of Jesus was far different than all of their perceptions. What about our perception? What is the significance of Christ moving toward Calvary's Cross for us today?

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   Preparation for Suffering
   1 Peter 3: 13-15
Sunday Morning Service,  March 6, 2016
 
Preparation is always the key to a successful outcome. The same is true when we consider suffering. Although the thought of suffering is distasteful, nevertheless it is the lot of Christians.

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   How Do We Use Evidence? Part 2
   1 Peter 3:15
Wednesday Evening Service,  July 23, 2014
In Lesson 4, “Defending the Truth, Part 1,” we defined truth as “an observation we make about what is real.” Our observations can be expressed in statements called “propositions,” which can be judged true or false based on whether or not they correspond to reality. We do not make something true. Our task is merely to recognize what is true and what is not.

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   How Do We Use Evidence? Part 1
   1 Peter 3:15
Wednesday Evening Service,  July 16, 2014
In Lesson 4, “Defending the Truth, Part 1,” we defined truth as “an observation we make about what is real.” Our observations can be expressed in statements called “propositions,” which can be judged true or false based on whether or not they correspond to reality. We do not make something true. Our task is merely to recognize what is true and what is not.

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   How Do We Know What Is True?
   2 Corinthians 4:3-5; 1 Peter 3:15; Acts 22:1
Wednesday Evening Service,  July 9, 2014
In Lesson 3, “Contending for the Truth,” we saw that being faithful to truth is not merely believing truth for ourselves. It is standing for truth, which the apostle Paul compares to laying siege to a city (2 Corinthians 4:3–5). Furthermore, this battle is not won in the flesh, but through the power of God. Yet as we have opportunity to stand for truth, we will find ourselves in contradiction with those who oppose the truth, and we must be ready to “give an answer” for the “reason” of our hope (1 Peter 3:15). This series of lessons is designed to prepare you for that moment.

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   How We Got Our New Testament – Part 4
   2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:20-21
Wednesday Evening Service,  April 30, 2014
 
The New Testament is comprised of 27 “books”—no greater, no fewer. But because we believe that the Bible is our sole authority for faith and practice, a limited number of books raises several questions: Why these and these only 27 books? Are the Greek copies of the original writings of these books accurate? Do we have competent English translations of these books? And what about the books that were left out of the New Testament? Why they not included? This series presents biblical and historical answers to these questions, reminding us that when we open our New Testaments we are opening the very Word of God.

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   How We Got Our New Testament – Part 3
   2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:20-21
Wednesday Evening Service,  April 23, 2014
 
The New Testament is comprised of 27 “books”—no greater, no fewer. But because we believe that the Bible is our sole authority for faith and practice, a limited number of books raises several questions: Why these and these only 27 books? Are the Greek copies of the original writings of these books accurate? Do we have competent English translations of these books? And what about the books that were left out of the New Testament? Why they not included? This series presents biblical and historical answers to these questions, reminding us that when we open our New Testaments we are opening the very Word of God.

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   How We Got Our New Testament – Part 2
   2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:20-21
Wednesday Evening Service,  April 16, 2014
 
The New Testament is comprised of 27 “books”—no greater, no fewer. But because we believe that the Bible is our sole authority for faith and practice, a limited number of books raises several questions: Why these and these only 27 books? Are the Greek copies of the original writings of these books accurate? Do we have competent English translations of these books? And what about the books that were left out of the New Testament? Why they not included? This series presents biblical and historical answers to these questions, reminding us that when we open our New Testaments we are opening the very Word of God.

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   How We Got Our New Testament – Part 1
   2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:20-21
Wednesday Evening Service,  April 9, 2014
 
The New Testament is comprised of 27 “books”—no greater, no fewer. But because we believe that the Bible is our sole authority for faith and practice, a limited number of books raises several questions: Why these and these only 27 books? Are the Greek copies of the original writings of these books accurate? Do we have competent English translations of these books? And what about the books that were left out of the New Testament? Why they not included? This series presents biblical and historical answers to these questions, reminding us that when we open our New Testaments we are opening the very Word of God.

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   The Real Meaning of Christmas
   1 Peter 2:4-9
Sunday Morning Service,  December 16, 2012
 
Christmas and Calvary are forever linked for it was the sole purpose of our Savior’s incarnation. Peter paraphrases Isaiah 28:16, an Old Testament prophecy, speaking of the coming Messiah as the cornerstone of His New Covenant, the church. During His earthly ministry, Jesus said, I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18). Christmas is the celebration of the church of Jesus Christ, Who is its head (Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:23, 24; Colossians 1:18; 3:17; 2:8, 19). It is estimated that there are 37 million local churches in our world today.

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   The Problem of Evil
   1 Peter 3:15; Habakkuk 1:1-3; Isaiah 55:8-9
Sunday School,  November 11, 2012
 
“If God really exists, then why is there so much evil and suffering in the world?” This is a common objection to a biblical worldview. People will point to horrifying wickedness, universal suffering, deadly disease, and natural disasters as sufficient evidence that either God does not exist, or if he exists he does not care. What is the believer’s response to such a challenge (1 Peter 3:15)?

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   Spiritual Gifts
   1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 27-31; Romans 12:3-8; Ephesians 4:7-11; 1 Peter 4:10-11
Sunday School,  September 23, 2012
God has equipped every believer with one or more gifts to be used in connection with the functioning of the local church. No church ministry can function without them. Since God has designed and distributed these spiritual gifts to function within the church family, we should be aware of what they are and how they are to be used for God’s glory (1 Corinthians 12:1). Today’s lesson cannot be anything more than a general overview considering our time element.

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   The Family Life of Jonathan Edwards
   1 Peter 3:1-7
Wednesday Evening Service,  June 27, 2012
A Christian home is one where the relationships take on a distinctively Christian contour because of our mutual faith in Jesus Christ. With that Biblical truth in mind, we see how Jonathan Edwards tried to live this out with his children and wife Sarah.

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   The Certainty of Our Salvation
   1 Peter 1:3-5
Sunday Morning Service,  April 8, 2012
 
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a historical fact and a present-day reality. Our salvation rests on the truth that Jesus Christ rose from the grave and is now seated at the Father’s right hand as our personal advocate. The burden of proof is not on believers to give evidence that it happened, but on unbelievers who stand to face eternal damnation unless they experience salvation through the risen Christ. The resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth following his crucifixion has never been disproved, and cannot be disproved based on eye-witness accounts and contemporary records.

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   Christ, Our Sin-Bearer
   1 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24
Special Service,  April 22, 2011
 
The two verses which from our text express similar ideas: Jesus, although sinless, identified fully with our sins, bearing the penalty of those sins on our behalf so that we might be delivered from them. To consider Christ as our Sin-bearer implies several ideas which are at the heart of the gospel.

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   The Concept of the Family in the Early Church
   1 Peter 2:4-5, Matthew 12:46-50, 1 Timothy 3:4-5, 12, 15; 5:1-2
Wednesday Evening Service,  August 18, 2010
The idea of the church as a household is ubiquitous in the New Testament. In fact, the metaphor originates with Jesus Himself (Matt. 12:46-50). But it is one thing for us to say that our church ought to be like a family and another thing to know what the family looked like in the ancient world. It does us little good, and may even mislead us, to insist that the church is a household if we are not able to appreciate what the Greco-Roman household was like, what its purpose was, who were its members and what were their responsibilities. In this session we will look at the shape and significance of the ancient household so that we are able to see how the idea of family was employed as a metaphor for the church by the New Testament writers.

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   New Testament Hospitality
   Romans 12:13; Hebrews 13:1-2; 1 Peter 4:9
Sunday Morning Service,  June 6, 2010
 
Is the hospitality commanded in the New Testament what we typically think of as hospitality today? As we engage a number of New Testament passages we examine how New Testament Christians would have understood hospitality, discuss why it is required of followers of Christ, and look at how to apply it.

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   Unity through Obedience to the Word
   1 Peter 1:18 - 2:3
Sunday Morning Service,  October 25, 2009
Our study of Ephesians 4:13 and the unity of the church reveals a direct link between the church’s unity and the Word of God. This morning we see the practical implications of that connection through a text in 1 Peter, which encourages us to ‘grow’ through a desire for the Word.

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   Stand Firm
   1 Peter 5:8-14
Sunday School,  September 13, 2009
In the book of Job we find a righteous man who undergoes great suffering and loses almost everything. Job doesn't know what is happening, but the first chapter lets us in on a scene in heaven in which Satan accuses Job and seeks permission to destroy him. Peter reveals to us the same enemy at work seeking to devour us. Against that enemy, however, stands the God of all grace enabling us to stand firm.

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   A Humble Church in a Hostile World
   1 Peter 5:1-7
Sunday School,  September 6, 2009
In times of persecution and hostility, it is especially important that the church function together in unity. Thus, Peter now addresses relationships in the church. The way for the church to stand together in a hostile world is to relate to one another in humility.

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   Persevere
   1 Peter 4:12-19
Sunday School,  August 30, 2009
In this section, Peter summarizes and intensifies his counsel to those who are suffering fiery persecution.

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   Arm Yourself
   1 Peter 4:1-11
Sunday School,  August 16, 2009
Peter gives us a weapon to arm us for suffering: Have the same thinking as Christ did.

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   Advice for Suffering Saints
   1 Peter 3:16-22
Sunday School,  August 2, 2009
There are four things that Peter advises suffering saints to consider: sanctifying the Lord in their heart, having a good conscience, looking at the cross of Christ, and the continuing working of the Holy Spirit.

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   Seeing Christ in Suffering
   1 Peter 3:13-18
Sunday School,  July 26, 2009
In an age where suffering seems to be on the horizon for Christians, Peter gives strong advice about our preparation for it.

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   Finally . . . Be of One Mind
   1 Peter 3:8-12
Sunday School,  July 19, 2009
Called to salvation to give and receive blessing as a believer, and as a priest in service to God, refrain from the lusts warring against the soul. See good days by proclaiming the praises of God.

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   Submission in Marriage
   1 Peter 3:1-7
Sunday School,  July 12, 2009
This passage is God's call to wives for a “silent sermon,” a living testimony demonstrating the fruit of the Spirit. It is a call for both wives and husbands to be a living sacrifice.

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   Christian Submission to Civil Authority
   1 Peter 2:11-17
Sunday School,  June 28, 2009
Since as citizens of heaven we are aliens and strangers in this world, how should we then live in relation to civil authorities that may oppress Christians?

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   The Church's Privilege in a Hostile World
   1 Peter 2:4-10
Sunday School,  June 14, 2009
This passage brings us to the climax of a section that has encouraged us to stand firm in the light of our great salvation. There are no commands in this passage. Peter wants us to focus entirely on our great privilege as God's people as he prepares to get to the main application.

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   Loving by the Word
   1 Peter 1:22-2:3
Sunday School,  June 7, 2009
Up to this point, Peter has exhorted us with respect to our relationship with God. Now he turns to our relationships in the body of Christ. Just as an army cannot face hostility from the enemy when there is disunity within, so we are not prepared to stand firm against the world's hostility when we are fighting among ourselves.

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   Grace That Leads to Fear
   1 Peter 1:17-21
Sunday School,  May 31, 2009
The main command in this passage is to conduct our lives in the fear of God. We are to do so because the God we call Father is also the judge of all the earth. But also we fear and reverence God because of the amazing redemption we have received.

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   Living the Blessed Hope
   1 Peter 1:13-16
Sunday School,  May 24, 2009
Duty is always founded on doctrine. Having spoken of our living hope and future inheritance, Peter introduces the practical application with the word therefore. He shows us how to live out the implications of our future hope.

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   Peter's Encouragement Because of God's Grace
   1 Peter 1:6-12
Sunday School,  May 17, 2009
Peter continues by encouraging the believers with sound doctrine so that they can joyfully interpret their suffering. God is in sovereign control to protect, prove, and purify their faith.

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   Peter's Witness to God's Grace
   1 Peter 1:3-5
Sunday School,  May 10, 2009
Peter begins his letter by focusing the attention of believers on God's great salvation by declaring with doxology and doctrine that which provided them a sure foundation.

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   Introduction to First Peter
   1 Peter
Sunday School,  May 3, 2009
At the end of his book, Peter reveals that he is writing to explain to his suffering brothers that they are experiencing God's true grace. He warns that Satan is trying to devour them through their suffering. He combats Satan's designs by exhorting them to stand firm in the grace of God in the midst of that suffering.

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   The Affections of a Genuine Believer
   1 Peter 1:8
Sunday Morning Service,  August 3, 2008
 
What marks the genuineness of a believer’s faith in Christ? In this text, Peter, commending the true faith of persecuted Christians, does not note their words or their actions, but their affections. Here we discern that the affections of a genuine believer are marked by at least two qualities.

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   What Angels Strain to See
   1 Peter 1:12-14
Sunday Morning Service,  December 9, 2007
 
The light-weight caricatures and symbols of angels that we see in our culture are not the angels of the Bible, which are magnificent, fearsome, and majestic. Most often, the first words of an angel are, "Do not be afraid!" Yet, 1 Peter 10:12 says that our salvation the angels strain to see for two reasons.

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   Advice for Abstainers
   1 Peter 2:11-12
Sunday Evening Service,  June 3, 2007
 
Peter encourages those believers spread abroad in the world to "abstain from fleshly lusts." But what advice does he offer to these "abstainers"? By analyzing the terms surrounding this imperative, we can discern three pieces of advice that Peter would offer those who travel through a world of temptation.

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   The Honor of Being a Christian
   1 Peter 2:4-10
Sunday Evening Service,  May 6, 2007
 
When the devils tempts God's people to despair, they can take refuge in the fact that being a Christian is the highest honor a person can ever experience. The honor of Christianity stems from the fact that Christians worship an honorable savior who bestows an honorable salvation. God the Father, the Scriptures, and the Saints unite in ascribing all honor and glory to Jesus Christ who guarantees that following Him is the greatest honor for time and eternity.

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   Practical Holiness - Part 2
   1 Peter 1:14-16
Sunday Morning Service,  February 12, 2006
 
Peter urges that believers be holy in all their "conduct," or in every area of their lives. But what does it really mean to be "holy" in everyday life? In this text, practical holiness has two distinguishing features.

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   Practical Holiness - Part 1
   1 Peter 1:14-16
Sunday Morning Service,  January 29, 2006
 
Peter urges that believers be holy in all their "conduct," or in every area of their lives. But what does it really mean to be "holy" in everyday life? In this text, practical holiness has two distinguishing features.

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   Why We Must Be Holy
   1 Peter 1:14-16
Sunday Morning Service,  January 22, 2006
 
In Peter's first epistle, he urges believers to practice a life of personal holiness. What is the basis of his exhortation? Why must we be holy? This text offers three answers.

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