Knowing that his death was imminent and that the Christian faith would be left without the leadership it always had, Peter wrote a letter warning the church to beware of those who would lead it astray. The final message Peter left the church was theological in nature. He needed to instruct God’s people to remember […]
Grace. It’s more than a prayer at the dinner table. And it’s certainly more than the period of time before fees accrue on your credit card. Grace is a gift from God. It’s a gift He wants you to experience. In this final message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David […]
Sin. More than a mistake, a trap, or a fault; it is a power that enslaves. Grace, likewise, is a power. And the power of grace is greater than the power of sin. In this eleventh message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades explores how God’s grace […]
In the Hebrew Scriptures, the Temple was the place in Jerusalem dedicated for God’s people to worship Him. It was a place of holiness, reverence, and sacredness. Now, Jesus Christ has made God’s people the very Temple of God itself. In this ninth message from the series, “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” […]
God is both our Father and our Judge! But how can this be? How can the same God exhibit love and judgment without being self-contradictory? In this sixth message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades explores how the Bible deals with this question.
Holy. The word conjures up the idea of something mysterious, foreign, and perhaps even frightening. To think of God as holy seems fitting, but us? In this fifth message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades examines 1 Peter 1:13-16 for insight into the holiness of God.
The word most central to the theme of the Old Testament is not “law,” but “promise.” There are many promises in the Hebrew Scriptures of a Messiah that would save God’s people. Contained in some of those promises is this mystery: The Messiah will bring salvation to God’s people by suffering. But how can this […]
“If I were God….” “If I were in charge….” We get frustrated when things don’t go our way. And when things don’t go our way, we feel like we’ve lost control. The truth is that God is always in control, even when we feel like no one is. When we learn to trust in Him, we can […]
Jesus spoke these famous words to a religious ruler: “You must be born again.” But what does it mean to be born again? Why does God require it of us? And how do we become born again? In this second message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades leads […]
If you were bullied as a kid, you probably wished the other person would just leave you alone! Hopefully, you’re not bullied like that anymore, but you may occasionally still feel beat up. You may even want to know where God is in the midst of all this. Does God care about you? Has He […]