Matthew McKellar

Dr. Matthew McKellar is Professor of Preaching
at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

1 Peter 5:1-14

1 Peter 5:1-14 Preaching 5:1-4: “Taking God Seriously” Main Idea: In a church marked by persecution and purification, leaders must be shaped by the truth and sustained by the triumph of Jesus. Understand the emphasis (1) therefore, in light of suffering (4... Read More »

1 Peter 4:12-19

1 Peter 4:12-19 Preaching 4:12-19: “The Truth about Suffering” Main Idea: When you understand that suffering for Christ’s sake is both prescribed and purposeful, you can treasure and trust Him in the fire of suffering. Respond biblically. (12-13) do not ... Read More »

1 Peter 4:1-11

1 Peter 4:1-11 Observations on 4:1-6: Verses 1-3 address the “sufficiency” of past time spent in sinful behaviors. Verse 1 connects the past suffering of Christ to the command “arm yourselves (hoplisasthe-Aor. Mid. Imper.) with the same mind (ennoian).... Read More »

1 Peter 3:8-22

1 Peter 3:8-22 Observations on 3:8-12: In verse 8, note the use of five adjectives related to a healthy/growing spiritual life. Verse 9 addresses the importance of not “paying (apodidontes-Pres. Act. Ptc.)” evil for evil. Rather, believers are to respond w... Read More »

1 Peter 3:1-7

Preaching 3:1-7: “The Message Your Marriage Preaches” Main Idea: When wives and husbands fulfill their biblically-designed roles, their marriages magnify God. Instructions for wives Practice submissive behavior.    (1-2) “be subject” (hupotassemenoi... Read More »

1 Peter 2:11-25

1 Peter 2:11-25 Observations on 2:11-17: In verse 11, observe Peter’s exhortation-“urge/call” (parakalo-Pres. Act. Ind.) and his description of his readers as “resident aliens” (paroikous) and “visiting strangers” (parepidemous). The readers are ... Read More »

1 Peter 2:1-10

1 Peter 2:1-10 Observations on 2:1-3: In verse 1, note the phrase “having put aside” (apothemenoi)-Aor. Mid. Ptc. and connect it back to the command to love in 1:22. Moving forward, subordinate it to the command to “long for/crave” in verse 2. Then, pa... Read More »

1 Peter 1:13-25

1 Peter 1:13-25 Observations on 1:13-16: In verse 13, subordinate two key participles (“having girded up”-anazosamenoi-Aor. Mid. Ptc. and “being sober-minded”-nephontes-Pres. Act. Ptc.) to the first imperative which occurs in 1 Peter (“set hope”-el... Read More »

1 Peter 1:1-12

1 Peter 1:1-12 Observations on 1:1-2: elect (eklektois), exiles (parepidemois), dispersion (diasporas), foreknowledge (prognosin), sanctification (hagiasmo), obedience (hupakoen), “sprinkling” points to sacrifice, “… peace be multiplied…” (optative... Read More »

1 Peter Introduction

Overview of Background/Setting The emphasis of the epistle on the pilgrim posture stresses the distinctiveness of the Christian lifestyle and the allegiance of the saints to a city “whose builder and maker is God.” But Christian pilgrims are not “just a ... Read More »