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1 and 2 Peter and Jude: 23 (Preaching the Word) Hardcover – 16 May 2008

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Good commentary on Peter and Jude 6 Feb 2009
By Brian Fulthorp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
From the inside flap:

Neither Peter nor Jude minced words about the realities that would confront every Christian and that were confronting the church at large--suffering and persecution, contradictory views of the gospel, constant challenges to the faith at the hands of false teachers. Yet even in the face of these harsh realities, both biblical writers unswervingly declared that there is no cause for despair as long as one's foundation and identity are in Christ.

This is a very true statement - Neither Peter nor Jude minced words about what it means to live the Christian life in the world. The messages of 1&2 Peter and Jude are as relevant to the church today as they were in the first century when these letters were written, especially for the USAmerican Church where teachers and teachings abound that play down the role of suffering in the Christian life and what it means to be a committed follower of Jesus Christ, God's Son, in this world.

The Preaching the Word Commentary Series is designed to equip Pastors and Teachers with solid biblically faithful sermonic material in printed form. The Sermons in this series, and so far as I know in this particular book, model expository preaching as it is intended to be: clear, understandable, effective, relevant, and faithful to the biblical text. This series then is really more of a commentary in the form of printed sermons that reflect the work of biblical and critical study more so than as a critical commentary used to build sermons. For the working Pastor, this work would provide good support in constructing a sermon along side a more critical commentary such as Richard Bauckham's still significant WBC work on 2 Peter and Jude.

In this work Helm provides the reader with a series of sermons on each individual unit with the letters of 1&2 Peter and Jude. He believes Peter wrote both 1&2 Peter and shapes his sermons based on this belief. For example in the early sermons on 2 Peter Helm presents chapter 1 as a portrait of those who expeirence failure but in the end finish well. He outlines Peter's failure in his discipleship to Jesus prior to the crucifixion but then notes Peter's restoration to leadership of the disciple and shows the first chapter as lessons how to recover from failure an finish well (ie. gaining eternal life). He then presents 2 Peter 2 as a portrait of those who fail to finish well - the false teachers and those who listen to them fail to obtain eternal life. He finishes 2 Peter with a sermon on `A Faith that Finishes Well.' It's really pretty good stuff.

One strong point of the Commentary is Helm's Introductory sections before each book. In these introductory sections, we get an overall picture of the Letter's themes and purposes. Reading 1 Peter we learn that "Life is difficult" and that "the way up comes by going down; restoration comes after trials." Much of this has to do with the Christian's desire to live "for obedience to Jesus Christ," and for "the sanctification of the spirit." Yet, through it all, God is with us and trials shape us into a royal priesthood - a people of God. Reading 2 Peter we learn that true knowledge of God is found in acknowledging Jesus is the Son of God and in living the live he has called us to live in anticipation of the coming judgment. Reading Jude we learn that to "contend for the faith" means to live in opposition to those who hate God and hate the way of truth. These overviews do well to help put the smaller sections of each letter into perspective and help contribute to a comprehensive understanding of the Bible in general and the Letters in particular.

I have already used it for one sermon I did on knowing God through knowing Jesus - a theme of 2 Peter (true knowledge verses false knowledge). I have quite a few in my congregation who could benefit from the teachings about failing faith and how to recover so as to "make every effort" to obtain eternal life. I may come back to it once I finish up on my own series about knowing God and what that means for the Christian life.

On the issue of knowing God - 2 Peter and Jude speak much about the return of Christ to judge both the living and the dead (1 Peter does too - this is in 1 Peter 4:15). It is said that 2 Peter and Jude are not preached on too often. This is probably because of the impending punishment passages. One thing Helm points out and I want to reiterate is that the reality of a coming judgement should do one of two things to humans. It either brings peace to the heart of the believer who stays true to the Word of God and stays committed to Jesus as both Savior and Lord - or it strikes fear in the hearts of those who have wondered from the truth and have abandoned discipleship to Jesus. For those who know God, there should be little to no fear Christ's second coming - but great fear and trepidation should come upon those who hate God and have gone their own way. The letters of 1&2 Peter and Jude offer warnings and opportunities for all to repent (have a change of mind) and turn to God for healing and forgiveness. Otherwise judgement should be expected.

I would recommend this book to any Bible Teaching Pastor who is interested in going through Peter and Jude's letters - they will greatly assist in effective and relevant exposition of some key texts in the New Testament that is much needed in today's world.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A seminal piece 4 Sep 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A part of the series entitled 'Preaching the Word', "1 & 2 Peter and Jude: Sharing Christ's Sufferings "is about being straight about one's faith and how to face the challenges towards God and the gospel on the subjects of contradiction, false teachings, and staying faithful in the face of it all. With tips on how to interpret the Bible to help one's life in the modern era, defending one's faith quickly and sharply, and finding strength in faith. A seminal piece, "1 & 2 Peter and Jude: Sharing Christ's Sufferings" is a top pick for community library Christian studies collections.
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Great down to earth commentary 22 Sep 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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You will not be disappointed with this commentary . Easy to read easy to apply . I liked this one so much I bought Romans and I will buy the other s as well . 5 stars all the way
Solid exposition of 1 Peter 21 Nov 2014
By Bradley L Kautz - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently preached a series through 1 Peter and this expositional work by David R. Helm was one of my two primary references. Contained within the 1 Peter section of the book are eighteen sermons that are thoroughly grounded in the biblical text, bringing the meaning of the text to bear on life within our time. I think the context of my congregation differs from Helms' in significant ways, so that at times his illustrations were not relevant, but I did find the application to be persistently good, particularly at times when I was struggling with how to apply my own exegesis. One small, but important, touch was the inclusion of a prayer at the end of each exposition, a prayer that reminded me that these are real words, preached to real people, who have the daily need for the presence of God in their lives. While I only read the section of 1 Peter I have no doubts that the same high quality exposition also unfolds in the sections on 2 Peter and Jude. I highly commend this book for pastors who will preach from, or through, 1 Peter, as well as for devotional use.
Kent Hughes is insightful 1 Aug 2014
By Deborah A. Walsh - Published on Amazon.com
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Kent Huges is one of the best writers in commentaries. He has fresh clear insight and makes it readable. I have learned so much from all his commentaries
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