Category Archives: New Testament

Studying 1 Peter 1:3-12

In order to understand what Peter writes next you have to put yourself in the shoes of his first audience. In 1 Peter, Peter repeatedly makes reference to suffering (1:6-7, 2:13-14, 2:21-23, 4:15-16, 5:10). If you are a Christian suffering because you are a Christian you are in a difficult position in need of encouragement.Continue Reading

Studying 1 Peter 1:1-2

Peter begins his letter in the typical Greco-Roman fashion. He introduces himself, addresses his letter’s recipients, gives the greeting (grace and peace) and then launches into a blessing. Peter refers to himself by his “Jesus given name” rather than the name his parents gave him, Simon. He then calls himself an apostle. The word literallyContinue Reading

First Peter May Be the Most Relevant New Testament Letter for Today

Being a Christian in the world has always come with its share of identity issues. Who are we, exactly, and why does it even matter? How do we interact with a world that doesn’t think and believe as we do? How are we to live in the midst of a depraved generation? First Peter answersContinue Reading

Love is the Inevitable Result of Purity

“Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” – 1 Peter 1:22-23   1 PeterContinue Reading

The Power of the Peace of Christ Ruling Your Heart

In Churches of Christ Colossians 3 is best known for 3:16 where Paul writes, “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.“ Paul has just spent three chaptersContinue Reading

Jesus Didn’t Wait Until Sunday

Sometimes we get so caught up in our own traditions that we miss the bigger point entirely. The Jewish religious authorities in Jesus’ day had done this. In their effort to be holy…to cross the t’s and dot the i’s they had wrapped various commands in so many traditions that it was hard to tellContinue Reading

The Sermon on the Mount and the Power of Self-Deception

The sermon on the mount is one of the most powerful sermons ever preached. Maybe there is a lesson to be learned that one of Jesus’ longest sermons was only a few minutes long if we have the whole thing recorded. Sometimes less is more. But in these three chapters of Matthew (5-7) Jesus givesContinue Reading

Prophets Unaware

Several times in scripture we have people doing things that are prophetic without them recognizing it. There are several instances in the Gospels where the Gospel writer informs us of what is going on. One of those instances is in John 11. After Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead the Jewish leaders began plotting asContinue Reading

An Important Principle in Reading the Old Testament as it Relates to the New – Fulfillment

We teach a lot more Old Testament to our children than to our adults. At least that is my experience. The Old Testament is so full of great stories that work well with the imagination of our kids. We don’t ever need to graduate out of the Old Testament. Instead we need to understand justContinue Reading

How is the Old Testament Useful Today?

The word “graphe” in Greek is used 49 times in the New Testament and literally means “writing.” In the New Testament the kind of writing that is being discussed is inspired writing which in basically every case is the Old Testament and so the word is translated “scripture.” When the New Testament writers refer toContinue Reading

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