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What does “obedience” and “submission” mean in 1 Peter? | Part 8: Summary

Part 8 (final summary) of a series of videos explaining the results of my research as detailed in an academic article: Lionel J. Windsor, “Obedience and Submission in 1 Peter,” The Global Anglican 136/2 (2022): 126–144.
The original article is available at churchsociety.org
Main headings for this final summary:
* Obedience means “heeding”, which involves a holistic reorientation of life
* Submission means voluntarily placing yourself in various ordered relationships
* Obedience and submission do not imply grudgingly following orders or suppressing your will
* Abuse is not OK. There is nothing commendable about tolerating abuse.
* Questioning postcolonial interpretations
* Applying 1 Peter today
* 1 Peter doesn’t say everything

Obedience and Submission in 1 Peter | Part 7: What does it mean to “submit” to church leaders? (1 Peter 5:1–5)

Part 7 of a series of videos explaining the results of my research as detailed in an academic article: Lionel J. Windsor, “Obedience and Submission in 1 Peter,” The Global Anglican 136/2 (2022): 126–144.
The original article is available at churchsociety.org
Main headings for Part 7:
* What we’ve seen so far in 1 Peter
* They key question: What kind of order and authority is Peter talking about here?
* The sufferings of Christ
* Christ the Shepherd and Overseer
* What authority is not like
* What kind of order and authority is Peter talking about here?
* Therefore: what kind of submission is Peter talking about

Obedience and Submission in 1 Peter | Part 6: What does it mean for wives to “submit” and “obey”? (1 Peter 3:1–7)

Part 6 of a series of videos explaining the results of my research as detailed in an academic article: Lionel J. Windsor, “Obedience and Submission in 1 Peter,” The Global Anglican 136/2 (2022): 126–144.
The original article is available at churchsociety.org
Main headings for Part 6:
* What we’ve seen so far in 1 Peter
* What does “likewise” mean?
* The situation in focus: Husbands who haven’t been persuaded by the gospel
* What does submission look like in this situation?
* Isn’t this just first-century conventional wisdom? No
* The example of Sarah: What’s going on?
* Fearing God and not being intimidated by husbands (abuse is never OK)
* What it means for husbands

Obedience and Submission in 1 Peter | Part 5: What does it mean for first-century slaves to “submit”? (1 Peter 2:18–25)

Part 5 of a series of videos explaining the results of my research as detailed in an academic article: Lionel J. Windsor, “Obedience and Submission in 1 Peter,” The Global Anglican 136/2 (2022): 126–144.

The original article is available at churchsociety.org

Main headings for Part 5:
* First-century slavery
* A distinctively Christian perspective
* Unjust circumstances
* Is Peter telling slaves to endure physical violence?
* Grounded in Christ’s atoning work

Obedience and Submission in 1 Peter | Part 4: Why does 1 Peter instruct Christians to “submit”? (1 Peter 2:13–17)

Part 4 of a series of videos explaining the results of my research as detailed in an academic article: Lionel J. Windsor, “Obedience and Submission in 1 Peter,” The Global Anglican 136/2 (2022): 126–144.

The original article is available at churchsociety.org

Main headings for Part 4:
* Why does Peter say to submit? Does postcolonial interpretation have the answer?
* Submit to “every human creature”… what?
* An alternative: “human institution”? No.
* Submit and do good, because God is creator of all
* Submit and do good, because God is judge of all
* Submit and do good, because God has redeemed us
* The big ideas that set the scene for what follows (2:17)

Obedience and Submission in 1 Peter | Part 3: What does it mean to “submit” in human relationships? (1 Peter 2:13)

Part 3 of a series of videos explaining the results of my research as detailed in an academic article: Lionel J. Windsor, “Obedience and Submission in 1 Peter,” The Global Anglican 136/2 (2022): 126–144.

The original article is available at churchsociety.org

Main headings for Part 3:
* “Submit” in the ancient Greek language
* “Submit” in 1 Peter 2:13

Obedience and Submission in 1 Peter | Part 2: What does it mean to “obey” Jesus Christ? (1 Peter 1:1–2:10)

Part 2 of a series of videos explaining the results of my research as detailed in an academic article: Lionel J. Windsor, “Obedience and Submission in 1 Peter,” The Global Anglican 136/2 (2022): 126–144.

The original article is available at churchsociety.org

Main headings for Part 2:
* “Obedience” in the ancient Greek language
* “Obedience” in 1 Peter 1:2
* “Obedience” in 1 Peter 1:14
* “Obedience” in 1 Peter 1:22
* Obedience means “heeding” the gospel message
* “Disobeying”: being unpersuaded by the gospel

Obedience and Submission in 1 Peter | Part 1: What’s the Issue?

Part 1 of a series of videos explaining the results of my research as detailed in an academic article: Lionel J. Windsor, “Obedience and Submission in 1 Peter,” The Global Anglican 136/2 (2022): 126–144.
Main headings:
1. Christians throughout the world accept the Bible as God’s authoritative word
2. “Obedience” and “submission” have big implications for relationships involving power and authority
3. “Obedience” and “submission” are often misunderstood when they’re rendered in modern English
4. “Postcolonial interpretation,” which tries to deal with the problems, ends up creating bigger problems

God’s heart for all humanity (1 Timothy 2:1–7)

Tensions are very high in our community at the moment. Take the illegal anti-lockdown protest on 23 July 2021 in Sydney. The protesters were expressing a fear and anger that’s clearly present amongst many. They were wrong to express it in this way. But you can feel it, can’t you? I know right now many of us are feeling the frustration. Some of us are in almost impossible situations: climbing the walls! And it’s hard. The catch-cry of the protest was freedom: freedom of movement, of work, of association. And while the protest itself was way out of line, freedom does matter, doesn’t it? It matters for us and our community. The Bible teaches us to live as humans among humans and human authorities, by helping us to see God’s heart for all humanity, as we pray.

Grace in ministry: Avoiding the shipwreck (1 Timothy 1:12–20)

“There was a widespread view expressed by participants that within [the church] culture there was an over-emphasis on sin and an under-emphasis on grace”. The report describes how this grace problem permeated the culture. It affected membership commitment expectations, views of authority, pastoral care, and more. And yet, the thing is: Nobody would deny that this church believed in grace. They preached a conservative evangelical reformed doctrine of grace. But on the ground, in so many instances, grace was not a key feature of this church’s ministry and relationships—with disastrous results. Today I want us to grasp that in Christian ministry, grace can’t only be the content we preach. Grace also must permeate and transform everything about us personally. And I want to give some suggestions for things we can do even now in lockdown, to wage the warfare of grace. (a sermon)

The goals of Bible teaching (1 Timothy 1:1–11)

In gospel ministry and Bible teaching, if you’re not committed to the right goal, or if you have the wrong goal, it’s not just a matter of being ineffective: you’ll be downright dangerous. So what is that goal? What are you seeking to achieve in your gospel ministry and Bible teaching – now and in the future? And how would you know if you’d done it right? This passage in 1 Timothy 1:1–11 speaks to this issue of the goals of ministry and teaching. It challenges us to think about our own aims in teaching, and to see how important it is to get it right. A sermon preached at Moore College Men’s Chapel on 14 July, 2021.

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