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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 - September 2018

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.

Video DVDs of these lessons can be ordered here and here.

To view all video Bible studies of the 1 Peter series, click here.

To listen to this series as a podcast, copy and paste the following URL into your podcast software.
www.deanbibleministries.org/podcasts/20151stpeter.xml
 
Thu, Sep 20, 2018
Passage: 1 Peter 5:1-4
Series: 1 Peter (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 10 mins 4 secs
Elders. Bishops. Pastors. How did these positions for church leaders begin in the early church? Listen to this lesson to learn which leader is mentioned first in Acts and what their role was. Hear about the rapid growth of the church and how provision had to be made for administering to the needs of the congregation. See how a progression of leadership began to develop and what plurality of elders means. Understand that what is important is that there be a shepherd to teach the flock and those who can support him with all the other functions that must be provided.
Thu, Sep 13, 2018
Passage: 1 Peter 5:1-4
Series: 1 Peter (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 49 secs

After Christ’s ascension to Heaven, many believed in Him and on the day of Pentecost received the Holy Spirit and became the body of Christ. Now what? How would this new entity called the Church be administered? Listen to this lesson to hear a lucid and compelling overview of how the Apostles began to organize these believers. Learn that the term elder is the most-used term in the New Testament for the leader of a local church and why pastor is conventionally used instead. Find out the difference between a descriptive and a prescriptive view of the Book of Acts.

During this class Dr. Dean referenced the Textual Criticism course (taught by Ron Minton) available on the Dean Bible Ministries website.

Thu, Sep 06, 2018
Passage: 1 Peter 5:1-4
Series: 1 Peter (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 7 mins 10 secs
Have you ever wondered what the purpose of the church is and when it began? If so, listen to this lesson to begin an absorbing study of ecclesiology and the perspective it gives us of our world today. Find out many uses of the word ekklesia and that it has different meanings in the Old and New Testament. See that the Apostle Paul refers to the church as a mystery that was not known in ancient times but has been revealed after Christ’s resurrection. Learn that there is only one church but many local groups that all belong to the body of Christ.
Thu, Aug 30, 2018
Passage: 1 Peter 5:1-4
Series: 1 Peter (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins 1 sec
If you have a leadership role in your church, then you’ll want to listen to this lesson to learn the meaning of elders, shepherds, and overseers. See what the motive should be for being a leader and what the motive should not be. At the end of the lesson, listen to Ralph LaRosa, a missionary to the Philippines, as he presents some of his many ministries and how the Lord has always cared for all his needs.
Thu, Aug 23, 2018
Passage: 1 Peter 4:17-19
Series: 1 Peter (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 20 secs
Is the Bible talking about judgment of believers or unbelievers in this passage? Listen to this lesson to see the context and to understand the meaning of judgment beginning with the house of God. When believers are suffering adversity see three different ways God may deliver them. As we encounter persecution we are to not be surprised and reorganize our priorities as we walk by means of the Holy Spirit and relax and trust God.
Thu, Aug 16, 2018
Passage: 1 Peter 4:12-17
Series: 1 Peter (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 8 mins 46 secs
How is it possible to do good deeds that don’t result in bearing fruit in the Christian life? Listen to this lesson to learn the importance of walking by means of the Holy Spirit rather than being controlled by your sin nature. Find out the meaning of abiding in Christ. See that we can either suffer because we deserve it or because it is not based on something we have done. Come to appreciate that undeserved suffering is designed to train and bless us and to bring glory to God.

Dr. Dean's opening comments included a reference to the upcoming Pre-Trib Rapture Study Group Conference, December 3-5, 2018. More information is available at www.pre-trib.org.

He also mentioned a book entitled The Hymnal: A Reading History by Christopher N. Phillips.

Thu, Aug 09, 2018
Passage: 1 Peter 4:12 & James 1:2-4
Series: 1 Peter (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 3 mins 56 secs
Do you stay relaxed in times of adversity? Listen to this lesson to learn what the Bible teaches about trusting God and glorifying Him in times of turmoil. Find out the only thing you can take with you when you die. Hear about the Judgment Seat of Christ for Church Age believes and what will be evaluated there. Be challenged to walk by means of the Holy Spirit in your daily life so you will receive eternal rewards.
Thu, Aug 02, 2018
Passage: 1 Peter 4:12 & James 1:2-4
Series: 1 Peter (2015)
Duration: 59 mins 44 secs
Why are Christians hated, not only in other countries but increasingly in our own? Listen to this lesson to learn why unbelievers hate the name of Jesus. Find out that someone’s name doesn’t just mean what they’re called in the Bible but has far more significance. Hear examples of the names of God and what they teach. See how God’s name is our assurance of eternal security and learn if praying in Jesus’ name is necessary to get our prayers answered.
Thu, Jul 26, 2018
Passage: 1 Peter 4:12 & James 1:2-4
Series: 1 Peter (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 11 mins 1 sec
Okay, so things in your life are horrible. What’s your first reaction? Throw a pity party? Listen to this lesson to learn that all of us suffer and that some suffering we bring on ourselves and other is undeserved but God can use both for our spiritual growth when we walk by means of the Spirit. Find out that Peter was talking about people who suffer for their Christian beliefs much as we see happening in our country today. Learn how it is possible to have joy in the midst of even the most intense adversities because of what we know about God and understand about the purpose of suffering in our lives.
Thu, Jul 19, 2018
Passage: 1 Peter 4:12
Series: 1 Peter (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 53 secs
When you’re “under fire” in the circumstances of your life, are you surprised or wonder why God would let that happen to you? Listen to this lesson to hear the many reasons that believers can expect adversities and suffering. Find out that some of our trials are deserved because of our own actions but that many are underserved. See that unbelievers have two ways of handling their problems, one by pretending they don’t exist and the other by enduring them with gritted teeth while Christians have been given the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures so they can rejoice in the midst of trouble.