We know so much about the apostle Peter. He is a hero to many of us. He is the one who stepped so quickly forward to action. He is the one who boldly testified that Jesus is the Christ. But how much do we know about the two epistles that he wrote before his martyrdom? Let’s do some exploring this week and see what we can learn together.
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Peter encourages the Saints to “greatly rejoice” even while living with persecutions and the enticements of the pagan, worldly empire around them. How can we find joy during times of trial and suffering? It seems contradictory.
Come, Follow Me for Individuals and Families: “Rejoice with Joy Unspeakable and Full of Glory”, 1 & 2 Peter
What if I had Christ-like confidence in everything I did? To me, Christ-like confidence comes because of my faith in Christ. Faith that because of Christ I can prevail over my sins, weaknesses, and death, that mourning can turn to joy. If I went into every situation knowing that everything would work out for my good--eventually, would I handle things differently?
Come, Follow Me for Individuals and Families: “Be Ye Doers of the Word, and Not Hearers Only”, James
This verse in James struck me while Michael and I were prayerfully deciding whether he should quit his job back in April. “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1:8). I printed it out and posted it on my wall so I could remind myself of the importance of being determined and taking ownership of my decisions.
Words—spoken words—have a power so potent as to be worthy of both story and song. James teaches this truth throughout his short five chapters. He says, our words, though small, are clothed in immense power. But that power can serve ends both good and ill.
Of the three men named James in the New Testament, which one wrote the Book of James? And another question: Is James actually a Hebrew name anyway?
One reason that the book of Hebrews was written was to encourage Jewish converts to remain faithful to Jesus Christ and not revert to their former Jewish ways. As they experienced trials of their faith, they may at times have wondered if they should abandon their faith.