Biblical Studies New Testament Studies

NT Servant Passages

Five NT Servant Passages: Colossians 3.22-25; Ephesians 6.5-8; 1 Timothy 6.1-2; Titus 2.9-10; 1 Peter 2.18-20 … and Christ as our example in 1 Peter 2.21-25.

Within the New Testament’s epistolary household codes (haustafeln), these five passages address servants in their relation to their masters. In New Testament cultures, slaves and servants comprised from one-third to one-half of the population, often performing economic roles roughly paralleled by a modern nation’s employees. Most of us would have been slaves. Believers listening to what the Holy Spirit is saying to the churches can learn to “bring Christ to work.”

Seven-page article includes parallel English and Greek text; grammatical diagrams; room for additional notes.


PDF ver. 2019-08-30
7 pp 8.5 x 11″ 2.5 mb

Version history:
2019-08-30: Updated w. minor text and diagram changes
2019-08-27: New release

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ncBc Album ’19

Thanksgiving 2019
Thanksgiving 2019
ncBc Sun AM group photo
July 2019

Album ver. 2019-11-28
Version history:
2019-12-28: Added Christmas
2019-11-28: Added Thanksgiving
2019-08-02: New release

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Biblical Studies New Testament Studies James, Peter, Jude, Hebrews

As Living Stones
1Pe 2.4-8

In this sermon, delivered by Mike Sperou, Senior Pastor of North Clackamas Bible Community in July 2019, the Apostle Peter is using the metaphor of the living temple to remind the believing of the nature of the church and of its twofold call: first, TO COME to Jesus Christ, as to a LIVING stone; second, TO SURRENDER to His building … not rejecting Him, but drawing near to Him, by the Bible, cooperating in being fitted as a LIVING stone into a particular local church.

As Living Stones, 1Pe 2.1-4

Full, 51-min sermon audio, delivered Sunday, July 28, 2019. If audio stops on mobile device, check “Auto-Lock” or equivalent settings (e.g., iPhone, set to “None”).

And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

For this is contained in Scripture: “Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, And he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.” This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, “The stone which the builders rejected, This became the very corner stone,” and, “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense”; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.

Apostle Peter, First Peter 2.4-8

MP3 ver. 2019-07-28
51 min.; full sermon
MP3 version history:
2019-07-28: New release; sermon delivered

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