Spiritual Growth Is Not Optional
1 Peter 2:1–3, Part 1
Nov 12, 2015
God is not done with his work when we first believe and are saved. He intends day by day to make us into what we already are in Christ. Spiritual growth is not optional or marginal in the Christian life. Every person that truly believes in Christ is being increasingly transformed into his likeness.
A Remedy for Envy
1 Peter 2:1–3, Part 2
Nov 17, 2015
The new birth produces love in every true believer in Jesus Christ, and it also weans us off our old sinful desires, like envy. But we have to be able to spot them. In this lab, John Piper zeros in on several common iniquities, and explains how we wield the word of God against them.
Come to the Man Rejected by Men
1 Peter 2:4–8, Part 1
Nov 19, 2015
Those who follow Jesus should expect to be rejected by the world. But their rejection will not be the last word. In this lab, John Piper traces a new word picture and several Old Testament quotations to show why all who come to Christ and embrace rejection with him will also receive eternal life.
They Were Destined to Disobey God
1 Peter 2:4–8, Part 2
Nov 24, 2015
God predestined some, in his infinite mercy, to hear the gospel and believe. And he predestined others to disobey and reject the good news. In this lab, John Piper leads us carefully word by word into one of the most difficult verses and truths in all the Bible, ending with nine summary thoughts.
Why You Exist in the World
1 Peter 2:9–10, Part 2
Dec 8, 2015
Can you explain why you exist in the world? In this lab, John Piper explains the purpose of your life.
Your Old Passions War Against You
1 Peter 2:11–12, Part 1
Dec 10, 2015
There are desires inside of you that want to destroy you. In this lab, John Piper teaches us to fight remaining sin in our own hearts.
Silence the World with Good Deeds
1 Peter 2:11–12, Part 2
Dec 29, 2015
Many Christians today cannot stand being maligned, and so they cave to what the world wants. In this lab, John Piper helps us win the world by living differently.
Will Others Worship God Because of You?
1 Peter 2:11–12, Part 3
Dec 31, 2015
The Bible says that some will be saved through the witness of our faithfulness. In this lab, John Piper explains how our good deeds win others to Christ.
Live on Earth as Citizens of Heaven
1 Peter 2:13–17, Part 1
Jan 5, 2016
Christians live in and are citizens of some nation on earth, under some government, but their final authority is in heaven. In this lab, John Piper explains how to live as exiles and refugees.
Obey as People Who Are Free
1 Peter 2:13–17, Part 2
Jan 7, 2016
How do servants of the King live and serve in a world with kings? In this lab, John Piper reveals the wonder of Christian freedom and the witness of being subject to human authorities.
Fear God, Not the Government
1 Peter 2:13–17, Part 3
Jan 12, 2016
What does freedom in Christ look like in subjection to a human government? In this lab, John Piper explains five key principles.
Slaves, Obey Your Masters
1 Peter 2:18–20, Part 1
Jan 14, 2016
Slavery is a sensitive topic with a horrific history. So what does the Bible say for slaves? In this lab, John Piper explores one place where freedom is found.
Trust God When You Are Mistreated
1 Peter 2:18–20, Part 2
Jan 19, 2016
What happens when someone is mistreated for doing good? In this lab, John Piper teaches us how to respond to and endure injustice.
God Will Reward Every Wrong Endured
1 Peter 2:18–20, Part 3
Jan 21, 2016
Jesus says that those who follow him will suffer. In this lab, John Piper uncovers the promise that God will one day make every wrong right.
Jesus Suffered to Keep You from Sinning
1 Peter 2:21–25, Part 1
Feb 9, 2016
Jesus promised us that his followers would suffer unjustly for bearing his name. In this lab, John Piper explains how we return good for evil, even when it seems like evil is winning.