By David Peter, This sermon is the fourth in the sermon series entitled “Fatherly Encouragement.” It is based on 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18. The Apostle Paul addresses the Thessalonian Christians as his dear children, giving them encouragement in their journey of faith in Jesus. Fatherly Encouragement toward Expectation Focus Statement An informed expectation of Christ’s return ..
By David Peter, This sermon is the third in a series, entitled “Fatherly Encouragement,” based on texts from 1 Thessalonians. In this epistle the Apostle Paul encourages the Christians of Thessalonica who are young in the faith. He acts as their spiritual father. Today’s theme is based on 1 Thessalonians 3:11–4:12. Fatherly Encouragement toward Sanctification ..
By David Peter, This is the second in a series of sermons based on texts from 1 Thessalonians. The series is entitled “Fatherly Encouragement.” Paul writes as the spiritual father to his children who need guidance and encouragement to grow in faith and faithful living. Fatherly Encouragement toward Motivation Focus Statement The motivation for advancing God’s ..
By David Peter This Sunday begins a series of several weeks in which the Epistle readings are taken from 1 Thessalonians. In this lectio continua much of the content of Paul’s letter is covered. This provides the opportunity for an expository sermon series based on the appointed Epistle readings from 1 Thessalonians. The series of sermons ..
By David Peter Provided here is a sermon digest based on the parable of the Good Samaritan. The reader is free to appropriate into a sermon that which is beneficial. Focus: As those restored by Jesus, we love others by serving their needs despite the messiness and busyness of life. Introduction: Anyone who seeks to ..
By David Peter This text is appropriate for reflection early in the Epiphany season for several reasons. First, it reports one of Jesus’s first acts of his public ministry. Second, it is one of the first times that Jesus publicly identifies himself as the Messiah. Third, it sets him clearly on the path to rejection ..
By David Peter The Occasion for Paul’s Words The first verse of the text begins with these words: “Now I would remind you, brothers.” This formula indicates that Paul is responding to an issue which had been a part of his original instruction to them. In this case, the issue is the resurrection of the body. Apparently the subject ..
Back by popular demand: David Peter presents “Decoding the Apocalypse: Part Two.”
By David Peter Context Considerations It might come as a surprise that this Old Testament text is appointed for the fourth Sunday after Pentecost when we are used to it being read on Palm Sunday. Why does it make an appearance at this time? Most likely, the reason is its thematic association with the Gospel reading, Matthew 11:25–30, in ..
By David Peter Textual Considerations There are many details of this passage which could be developed in the sermon, some of which are quite significant, such as the wonderful implications of putting on Christ in baptism (3:27) and the dissolving of distinctions coram Deo among those who are baptized (3:28). But what this study focuses ..
By David Peter Contextual Considerations This text begins a series of lectio continua from 1 Corinthians 12 and 13 which extends through the season of Epiphany. The first verse of the text begins with these words: “Now concerning spiritual gifts.” This formula indicates that Paul is responding to a question which the Corinthian Christians have ..
The journey from text to pulpit can be a long and winding road, filled with false starts, surprising discoveries, and hard choices along the way. Preacher’s Studio is a chance to take a step back and talk together about the art and craft of preaching. Today’s preacher: DAVID PETER
By David Peter Liturgical Context This text is appointed for this date simply because it falls in the sequence of the lectio continua for the gospel readings from Matthew’s Gospel. The theme is that of division, conflict, and strife which inevitably accompany the faithful proclamation of God’s word. The appointed Old Testament reading from Jeremiah 28:5–9 ..