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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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 relax and rejoice in all things. In this third message from the series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades explores the idea of rejoicing in the Lord.
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 abandoned you?
God has not abandoned you. He will never forsake you.
What many followers of Christ fail to understand is that this world is not their home. God has planned something far greater for us! In this first message from his new series “Hope for Exiles: The Teachings of First Peter,” Dr. David Rhoades explains that before we can experience what God has promised, we must first live as exiles in a foreign land.
Every time God’s plan is revealed, obstacles get in the way. What will you do about it, and how will these obstacles be removed? In the fourth message from the series “The Story of Ruth: Covenantal Love for Common People,” Dr. David Rhoades explores the story of Ruth and Naomi to discover how they overcame the obstacles facing them.
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