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

Suffering

Making Sense of the Transfiguration

May 18th, 2014

The accounts of the transfiguration of Jesus in the gospels are puzzling, and the point and purpose of the accounts are unclear. Perhaps this article may make its meaning clearer. 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»

God wants women to be happy in marriage

July 9th, 2012

A woman told me the other day that it was God’s will she suffer in her marriage. Today I read a verse that shows God wants women to be happy in marriage. [700 words] 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»

Glory, Joy and Suffering – 1 Peter 1:4-9

May 14th, 2011

“. . . for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
1 Peter 1:6-7

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Peter’s Greeting – 1 Peter 1:1-3

May 11th, 2011

In these few verses Peter reveals that each member of the Trinity has a role in salvation: the Father’s role is choosing, the Holy Spirit’s role is sanctifying, and the Son’s role was to be the redemptive sacrifice. But we have a role too. Continue reading»

An Introduction to Peter’s First Letter

April 12th, 2011

Here’s an introduction to 1 Peter looking at who the letter was written by, who the letter was written to, and where the letter was written from.

It also looks at the key theme of 1 Peter – suffering for being a Christian. Continue reading»

Suffering and Standing – Philippians 1:27-30

May 1st, 2010

This week we look (1) at the influence of church leaders, (2) at unity and (3) at suffering. Continue reading»

Joy in the Bible

May 1st, 2010

In the New Testament, joy is closely associated with the infilling of the Holy Spirit, with suffering and persecution, and with faith and hope. Continue reading»

The Onward, Upward Call – Philippians 3:10-14

May 1st, 2010

What is the “upward call of God in Christ”?
Is it heaven? Or something different? Continue reading»

Suffer or Succeed

December 10th, 2009

Many people feel trapped and suffer in situations beyond their control. How can we prosper and have success despite difficult and unpleasant circumstances? [300 words] Continue reading»

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