1–2 Peter and Jude: Sharing Christ's Sufferings


By David R. Helm, Series edited by R. Kent Hughes

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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.


David R. Helm

David R. Helm (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) serves as senior pastor of Christ Church Chicago. He also serves as chairman of the board of directors for the Charles Simeon Trust, an organization that promotes practical instruction in preaching. He is the coauthor (with Jon Dennis) of The Genesis Factor; a contributor to Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching; and the author of The Big Picture Story Bible and 1–2 Peter and Jude in the Preaching the Word commentary series.

Product Details

Category: Commentaries & Reference
Format: Hardcover w/ Jacket
Page Count: 416
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 25.78 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-5016-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-5016-4
ISBN-UPC: 9781433550164
Case Quantity: 10
Published: November 30, 2015

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)


"This commentary/collection of sermons has my warm endorsement. I read them, in my daily devotions, over the period of a month and profited greatly. The message of these books is often neglected, and I pray that this volume will go a long way to redress this deficiency."
John C. Chapman, Former Director, Department of Evangelism, Diocese of Sydney

"David Helm has an engaging style, all his own. Best of all, he engages with the text of Scripture, with life as it really is, and with the hearts and minds of the lively congregations who first heard and benefited from much of this material."
Dick Lucas, Former Rector, St. Helen’s Bishopsgate, London; Founder, The Proclamation Trust

"David Helm exercises a vibrant preaching ministry in the city of Chicago. This book of Bible expositions displays his strengths as a preacher and serves as a model for other Bible teachers. It is vigorous in its defense of spiritual truth, clear in its explanation of biblical words and their contextual meaning, vivid in its use of language and illustrations, well-structured in its exposition of particular Bible passages, and fresh in its practical application of biblical truth to daily Christian life. It is the kind of commentary, in other words, on which preachers quickly learn to rely."
Philip Graham Ryken, President, Wheaton College