The Letters

Epistles/Letters are didactic New Testament letters that work out a theological idea or application.

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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 »

Are the Dead Raised

SWBTS Chapel sermon called Are the Dead Raised by Dr. Nathan Holsteen. Read More »

For When I am Weak, Then I am Strong

SWBTS Chapel sermon called For When I am Weak, Then I am Strong by Dr. Alistair Begg. Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Jude

Preaching the book of Jude is like teaching a child to eat at a table with proper utensils. Just as a child is incapable of getting the proper nutrients that he needs from a dinner plate without using the proper utensils, so a believer is unable to mine the tr... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Revelation

There is no book in the bible more intimidating for the average preacher than the book of Revelation. It is a little bit shy of 10,000 words and yet these words have the ability to confuse the faithful preacher, not to mention simply scare them away from worki... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from 1 Thessalonians

In one of the opening lines of 1 Thessalonians, Paul celebrates the fact that those in the church followed the example of godly men and of the Lord. The Thessalonians saw Christ-like qualities in others and made it their aim to shape their lives in like manner... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from 1 John

I John is usually the first book a budding Greek scholar attempts to translate. Why? Well, the language is much simpler than other New Testament books. John also repeats himself frequently, which leads the translator to a better memorization of Greek vocabular... Read More »