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N.T. Wright for Everyone Bible Study: 1 & 2 Peter and Jude
About this Series
The widely respected pastor and New Testament scholar, N. T. Wright, walks you book by book through the entire New Testament in this series. Perfect for group use or daily personal reflection, these studies use the popular inductive method combined with Wright's thoughtful insights to bring contemporary application of Scripture to life.
About this Volume
How does a Christian behave when surrounded by a hostile world that doesn't understand who we are or why we do what we do? In three letters, Peter and Jude provide some answers: Abandon the old pagan ways. Learn the new habit of love. Put on the mental armor that will make you strong to face suffering that may come. These nine studies show you the wisdom of their words for us today and remind you, in the midst of hardship, that the God who deserves all praise is still "the one who is able to keep you standing upright."
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- Includes suggestions for individual and group study (with leader's guide)
- Features the popular inductive Bible study method with notes and comments from a world-renowned New Testament scholar
- Designed specifically for lay people to facilitate contemporary application of Scripture
From the Preface
The small groups of believers must have been very concerned. Here they were, far from Jerusalem, the founding center of the church and of their faith, dispersed in the regions of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia (what is now Turkey). Did the persecution which was increasing mean that they were on the wrong road? Had they taken a false turning? Had they given their allegiance to Jesus as a false Messiah? If not, then why would these things still be happening?
What's more, weren't they in the last days? Hadn't the death and resurrection of Jesus ushered in the kingdom of God? Then why were pagans still ruling? Why was Jesus himself not on the throne? Why the delay? People were scoffing and ridiculing them. Things seemed to be going on in the world just as before with no difference, said those mocking them. So the believers wondered, Should we be listening to new teachers instead of to the gospel message we originally heard? In response to this situation, Peter wrote two letters...
Finally, in this guide, we include the letter traditionally known as Jude...Judah told his readers that he had been going to write about "the rescue in which we share"--God's rescue of us in Jesus the Messiah, the great saving acts which all Christian teachers love to celebrate. But he had to put those plans on hold, because it appeared that the church had been infiltrated with people teaching what was basically a different message altogether. And the ordinary Christians, with no long centuries of experience behind them in the church, were deeply vulnerable. If new teaching sounded exciting and fun, why not give it a try? No, says Judah: it's time to put your climbing ropes on. These rocks are dangerous and difficult. It's time to struggle hard for the faith which was once and for all given to God's people.
Both Peter and Judah note that there are tough things which must be faced. But with our new identity, and with the powerful mercy of God keeping us safe, there is such a thing as sustained and lasting growth in Christian character, faith and life. It is your privilege and birthright, as a follower of Jesus, that you should grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Messiah.
About the Author(s)
N. T. Wright, formerly bishop of Durham in England, is research professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He was formerly canon theologian of Westminster Abbey and dean of Lichfield Cathedral. He also taught New Testament studies for twenty years at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities. Wright's full-scale works The New Testament and the People of God, Jesus and the Victory of God and The Resurrection of the Son of God are part of a projected six-volume series titled Christian Origins and the Question of God. Among his many other published works are Surprised by Hope and Simply Christian.
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