Preaching the Word - 1–2 Peter and Jude

Preaching the Word - 1–2 Peter and Jude


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In their letters, Peter and Jude directly address the hard realities that all Christians face—suffering, persecution, false teachers, and contradictory views of the gospel. Yet, even in the face of such challenges, Christians have nothing to fear in light of the sovereignty and grace of God.

In this exposition of 1–2 Peter and Jude, pastor David R. Helm explores these letters in depth, reminding us that present suffering precedes future glories for all who are in Christ. Pointing us to the only steadfast foundation for our faith, this meditative volume reminds us to look to God’s grace for the strength we need to contend for the faith and finish well in light of Christ’s return.

Part of the Preaching the Word series.

About the Author

David R. Helm (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) serves as lead pastor of the Hyde Park congregation of Holy Trinity Church in Chicago. He also serves as Chairman of The Charles Simeon Trust, an organization which promotes practical instruction in preaching. He is the co-author of The Genesis Factor (with Jon Dennis), a contributor to Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching, and the author of The Big Picture Story Bible and 1 and 2 Peter and Jude in the Preaching the Word commentary series.

Table of Contents

1 Peter

  1. Reading 1 Peter
  2. A Letter to Elect Exiles (1:1, 2)
  3. Salvation’s Future Goal (1:3–5)
  4. Salvation’s Present Trials (1:6–9)
  5. Salvation’s Past Glories (1:10–12)
  6. A Settled Hope (1:13–21)
  7. A Sincere Love (1:22—2:3)
  8. A Spiritual House (2:4–10)
  9. Good Deeds (2:11, 12)
  10. Honorable Living (2:13–25)
  11. Internal Adornment (3:1–7)
  12. Encouragement to Continue (3:8–17)
  13. Encouragement in Christ’s Victory (3:18–22)
  14. Embrace Your Calling to Suffer in the World (4:1–6)
  15. Embrace Your Calling in the Church (4:7–11)
  16. Glory, Suffering, and Judgment (4:12–19)
  17. An Exhortation to Elders (5:1–5)
  18. True Grace and Eternal Glory (5:6–14)

2 Peter

  1. Reading 2 Peter
  2. This Letter and the Life Experience of Peter (1:1, 2)
  3. Our Faith Must Grow (1:3–11)
  4. Final Words on Matters of First Importance (1:12–15)
  5. Following in the Apostolic Way (1:16–21)
  6. Portraits of Failing Faith (2:1–10a)
  7. Preachers Who Forsake the Faith (2:10b–22)
  8. A Reminder on the Return of Christ (3:1–7)
  9. Reasons for a Delay in Christ’s Return (3:8–10)
  10. What to Do While Waiting (3:11–16)
  11. A Faith That Finishes (3:17, 18)


  1. Reading Jude
  2. Letter from the Ancient Jewish World (1, 2)
  3. Contending for This Noble Faith (3, 4)
  4. The Past Becomes the Present (5–10)
  5. The Making of Midrash (11–16)
  6. Contending for the Faith: The Calling We Keep (17–21)
  7. Contending for the Faith: The Commitments We Make (20, 21)
  8. Contending for the Faith: The Conduct We Embrace (22, 23)
  9. An Exalted Ending (24, 25)

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