Learning to thrive in the new life Jesus offers us – 2 Corinthians 5:16-17

Bible Study Notes

The Samaritan Woman of Sychar (John 4)

June 10th, 2016

Eve, Delilah, Bathsheba, Mary Magdalene, and the Samaritan woman have often been portrayed as immoral. What’s with that? This article looks at the Samaritan woman without negative prejudices. Continue reading»

A “Weaker Vessel” and Gender Justice (1 Peter 3:7)

August 12th, 2015

Why did Peter use the phrase “weaker vessel” in 1 Peter 3:7? This article takes into consideration how the word “weak” was used in papyrus legal documents by women seeking justice. Continue reading»

Lydia and the ‘Place of Prayer’ at Philippi

April 14th, 2015

What was the ‘place of prayer’ in Philippi where some women, including Lydia of Thyatira, had assembled (Acts 16:13-15)? Was it a Jewish ‘prayer-house’? Continue reading»

Separate Spheres & Distinct Roles in the Trinity & in Marriage? (John 5:18-30)

July 10th, 2014

Some Christians believe the Trinity is a model for marriage. Does the Trinity model distinct roles and separate spheres? Is there a hierarchy and subordination in the Divine? Continue reading»

No Surprise: 1 Peter 4:12-19

October 3rd, 2013

[Week 16 study notes] 1 Peter 4:12 marks the beginning of a new section in First Peter. In verse 12 and the following few verses, Peter touches on subjects already mentioned in his letter. He writes about trials and tests, rejoicing though suffering, being blessed, doing good, and judgement.
This post is dedicated to Christians in Pakistan. Continue reading»

The Priority and the Protection of Love – 1 Peter 4:7-11

February 25th, 2013

[Week 15 notes] Peter ends the second section of his letter with the statement: “The end of all things is near”. The knowledge that the end, consummation, completion of everything is near is a great motivator. It should motivate, inspire and inform our behaviour, values and ethics. Continue reading»

Dead, and Done with Sin – 1 Peter 4:1-6

January 23rd, 2013

It seems to me that some Christians enjoy thinking and speaking about God’s Judgement, and even take delight in the thought that people who commit certain sins will be condemned by God.
Conversely, other Christians rarely think or speak about the Judgement.
I think both positions are a mistake. Continue reading»

The Righteous for the Unrighteous – 1 Peter 3:17-22

October 12th, 2012

This passage is all about Jesus. Jesus is the triumphant victor. He has won over the powers of sin and death, and over the powers of demonic angels and authorities. He has won this victory through his substitutionary death, the Righteous for the unrighteous, once and for all. And he has won this victory through his resurrection from death. Continue reading»

Pursue Peace – 1 Peter 3:8-16

July 27th, 2012

Peter reassures the persecuted Christians in Asia Minor that God is with them and watching over them, and he urges them to should seek peace and pursue it. Peter also tells the Christians to be ready to given an answer (apologia) about their faith to anyone who asks. Continue reading»

Submission and Respect from Husbands – 1 Peter 3:7-8

April 26th, 2012

Many Christians believe that submission in marriage is the duty only of wives. In 1 Peter 3:7 Peter comes very close to saying that husbands are to be submissive to their wives too. Continue reading»

Submission and Respect from Wives – 1 Peter 3:1-6

April 24th, 2012

In 1 Peter 3:1-6, Peter resumes the theme of submission. This time he addresses wives. Continue reading»

The Suffering Servants – 1 Peter 2:18-25

April 19th, 2012

The Christian servants in Asia Minor were suffering unjustly, so Peter encourages and inspires them with the example of Jesus Christ – the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53. Continue reading»

Silencing Slander – 1 Peter 2:11-17

January 31st, 2012

The true status of Peter’s readers was that of a holy people belonging to a holy God. In view of their true status, Peter tells his readers to abstain from sinful desires of the flesh. What are these “desires of the flesh”? Also, Peter gives advice about silencing slander.

This week’s passage contains one of my favourite verses in Scripture – 1 Peter 2:16 – which presents an interesting paradox. Continue reading»

Marvelous Descriptions of God’s People — 1 Peter 2:4-10

December 14th, 2011

Peter encouraged the recipients of his letter by telling them that, like Jesus, they were rejected, selected, precious and living stones. He also referred to them as a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own possession. What is the significance of these wonderful descriptions? Continue reading»

Love, Obedience and Sanctification – 1 Peter 1:22-2:3

November 4th, 2011

Jesus says that if we love him we will obey his commands (John 14:15). Peter says that love for others is the result of obedience (1 Pet 1:22). Our obedience and love as Christians are profoundly connected and intertwined. Love is both the motive and the goal of our endeavours. [1500 words] Continue reading»

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