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Sermons, Bible Classes and Other Addresses by Denny Hartford, Director of Vital Signs Ministries


1st Peter

Serve God with a Willing Heart

I Peter 5 - "Serve God with a Willing Heart." There are two themes emphasized in these passages. One is the importance of living in Christ-like humility with one another. And the second is how humility yields not a passive spirit but one that is bold and courageous in its resistance to evil. A paradox? Not really; check out Denny's sermon to see how it all fits.

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Sharing the Sufferings of Christ

I Peter 4:7-19 - "Sharing the Sufferings of Christ." There are specific commands given to believers which underscore the path of happiness and meaning in all of life’s tests. And there’s probably no tougher test than the suffering that comes into our lives. Peter speaks here of how that test can be passed with flying colors - and how passing that test yields the most glorious of eternal results.

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Summing Up

I Peter 3:8-17 - "Summing Up." This passage gives several practical exhortations for a victorious and harmonic life in the Christian community. And remember this just isn't advice - it's Holy Scripture! That makes these exhortations a matter of royal command. It's a passage often gone over too quickly but we think you'll really enjoy its relevance to your life.

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Victorious Over Sin and Death

I Peter 3:17- 4:6 - "Victorious Over Sin and Death." In this sermon, Denny Hartford tackles some of those passages deemed controversial by some - and tough to obey by many more! The fact is this marvelous text contains incomparable counsel on arming ourselves with Christ’s power - power to effectively enact Christ's purposes.

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Marriage Management 101

I Peter 3:1-7 - "Marriage Management 101." Marriage is under attack on many fronts in our age and with an unprecedented furor too. Peter spells out his version of "Marriage Management 101" in this passage - terrific and timeless truths for everyone to embrace.

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Hey! This Building Is Alive!

I Peter 2:4-10 - "Hey! This Building Is Alive!" If you’re into a "worm theology" that sees the Christian as only a miserable wretch, "just" a sinner saved by grace, you need to listen very closely to the correctives Peter teaches in this great passage.

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The Conduct of the Royal Priesthood

I Peter 2:11-25 - "The Conduct of the Royal Priesthood." Peter has been emphasizing the incredible position believers have been graciously given by God. They are a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a chosen race, the people of God, living stones. Wonderful stuff! Then Peter returns to their applications of these positional truths.

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Fervently Love One Another

I Peter 1:22-2:3 - "Fervently Love One Another." Obedience to the truth is always a key Bible theme and it is intriguingly emphasized in this passage. And, as Peter constantly does, he ties in a lifestyle of obedience with the believer's secure position in Christ.

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Futility vs. Faith

I Peter 1:17-21 - "Futility vs. Faith." What does it mean that God shows no partiality? The broadness of God’s mercy is reflected in the wide-open parameters of His family - a family born of simple faith in what Jesus accomplished on the cross. Also in this sermon is an exploration of the immense costliness of Jesus’ sacrifice.

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The Adventure of Holiness

I Peter 1:10-16 - "The Adventure of Holiness." Issues under investigation in this sermon include the fascination of angels towards the developing mystery of salvation, the Old Testament presentation of the suffering Messiah, and a dramatic call to the adventure of following the Christ.

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