You Are Called To Fight (1 Peter 5:8-11) [Podcast]

Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter - Part 24

Fighting isn’t Christian, is it? Well, it matters what you’re fighting for.

There are some hills on which to die and some things for which to stand. In this twenty-fourth message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades shows us how God calls His children to fight.

You Are Called To Serve (1 Peter 5:5-7) [Podcast]

Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter - Part 23

Submission. Humility. Trust.

These three attitudes are essential to serving others as God intends. In this twenty-third message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades explores the riches of these qualities for the benefit of God’s people.

You Are Called To Lead (1 Peter 5:1-4) [Podcast]

Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter - Part 22

True leadership is servant leadership.

God calls certain men from His flock to serve as undershepherds to His flock. They are to lead by example.

In this twenty-second message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades shows how faithful pastors help all Christians understand the importance of leading people in their lives.

You Are Called To Suffer With Christ (1 Peter 4:12-19) [Podcast]

Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter - Part 21

The trials of life will come. There is no escape from difficulties in this life.

What we lack in avoiding suffering we more than make up for in Scriptural guidance to deal with it.

Join Dr. David Rhoades in his twenty-first message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter” as he explores this important issue.

You Are Called To Express Love (1 Peter 4:7-11) [Podcast]

Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter - Part 20

It’s hard not to love someone when you pray together. And it’s hard not to love someone when you forgive one another.

In the Bible, Peter knew the depth of true love and forgiveness because he had received both from Jesus. In 1 Peter 4:7-11, Peter passes his knowledge on to us.

Join Dr. David Rhoades in his twentieth message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter” as examines this passage.

You Are Called To Move Beyond Suffering (1 Peter 4:1-6) [Podcast]

Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter - Part 19

When a person begins to follow Christ, he begins a process of leaving his old life behind. His friends may quickly notice that something has changed. What really gets their attention, though, is his new attitude when the bad times come.

Suffering for a Christ-follower is different than for a person who is not. Handled properly, it can be a witness to friends who have yet to believe in Christ.

In this nineteenth message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades explores how a Christian can move beyond mere suffering to an experience of glorifying God.

You Are Called To Proclaim the Sufferings of Christ (1 Peter 3:18-22) [Podcast]

Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter - Part 18

Jesus was “put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit?” Jesus made proclamation to the spirits now in prison who were present in Noah’s day? We are “saved by baptism?” Certainly 1 Peter 3:18-22 might be one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted passages in all of Scripture.

However, when you understand these statements in the context of one another and in the context of Peter’s overall message, it becomes more clear. In this eighteenth sermon from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades unpacks the mysteries of this passage so that we can appreciate the beautiful, eternal gospel.

You Are Called To Endure (1 Peter 3:13-17) [Podcast]

Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter - Part 17

When you think of endurance, what image comes into your mind? A marathon runner? Or maybe a visit to the dentist?

Does the word “endurance” make you think about a follower of Christ? Or do you imagine Christ-followers as wimpy people who make excuses or look for an escape from dealing with real-life problems?

God’s understanding of His children is always perfect, and He envisions His people as those who endure suffering in exchange for a greater glory. In this seventeenth message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades shows how endurance plays an essential role of the life of a Christian.

You Are Called To Bless Bad People (1 Peter 3:8-12) [Podcast]

Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter - Part 16

Most American Christians, including myself, have no experience whatsoever in what it means to be persecuted. The religious liberty we enjoy—and take for granted—shields us from the harsh reality experienced by many Christians since the day Peter and John were arrested in Acts 4.

While our level of suffering may not even rise to a level that we could rightly call it “persecution,” we nevertheless must deal with people who may mistreat us due to our faith in Christ. One of the distinguishing marks of the Christian faith is how it instructs us to react in these situations.

In this sixteenth message from the series, “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades shows how we can fulfill the biblical exhortation to bless bad people.

You Are Called To Love Your Wife (1 Peter 3:7) [Podcast]

Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter - Part 15

Submission is difficult because we resist the idea. Love is even more so because of the same reason.

Wives are called to the difficult task of submitting to their husbands. Husbands are called to the difficult task of loving their wives.

In this fifteenth message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades instructs husbands in their highest and most noble task.