1 Peter Book Study

The posts listed here are a more in depth book study of 1 Peter.

  • An Introduction to First Peter - This letter contains instruction for living holy lives in a pagan world and under human government. Peter also gives some specific instructions to slaves, wives, husbands, elders and to younger men. Throughout, Peter writes to encourage believers in their life in Christ, and in their life together. This is a very practical letter that should be useful to believers of all ages and circumstances. (December 4, 2018)
  • Because of His Great Mercy – 1 Peter 1:3-5 - All too often we envision salvation as something that occurred to us at some time in the past. But it is much more than that. What we so often identify as the moment of our salvation is but the beginning of a journey. A journey that continues until we leave this life. The final moment of our salvation journey is when we experience deliverance from this world. The trials and sufferings are left behind. And we are delivered from the wrath of God that is to come. And that final salvation comes to those who have walked by faith with… (December 10, 2018)
  • Glorious Joy, In All Kinds of Trials – 1 Peter 1:6-9 - The joy these believers was experiencing was not just because of the presence of Christ. And it was more that the expectation of their final salvation. Their joy was enhanced because they could see the work the Holy Spirit was doing in them. They were not the same as they had been prior to coming to Christ. They were being transformed, and took delight in that. (December 17, 2018)
  • Be Holy In All You Do – 1 Peter 1:13-16 - We have been given new birth into a living hope and into a heavenly inheritance. And, because of that we are called to be different than we were before that new birth. We are to fix our hope on the future God has prepared for us. And we are to turn away from satisfying our own desires. Instead, we are as obedient children to live holy lives. To be holy because God is holy. Our new birth is not just something that impacts our future. It should be our present reality. (January 18, 2019)
  • Living as an Alien, a Foreigner in this World – 1 Peter 1:17-21 - Have you ever wondered what an alien from another world might look like? Oftentimes we might visualize ET or one of the critters from MIB. But all you really have to do is look at a Christian, at least one who is truly a follower of Christ. According to Peter, we are aliens, foreigners to this place, belonging to another world, citizens of the kingdom of God. (February 1, 2019)
  • Love One Another Deeply, From the Heart – 1 Peter 1:22-2:3 - You have been born again, of imperishable seed. So don't be satisfied with a mutual affection type of love. While that is a good start, it is only a starting place. Grow into a self-giving love, a conscious choice to build others up. Rid yourself of any attitudes that would cause disharmony within the body… (February 15, 2019)
  • A Chosen People, A Royal Priesthood – 1 Peter 2:4-5; 9-10 - Is there any reason that we should not joyfully and gladly submit to his Spirit's work within us? If we truly recognized the privilege we have as God's children, we would respond with gratitude to everything he calls us to do. Instead of clinging so tightly to the know and comfortable, we would lose it all for the sake of the call (Phil. 3:7-11). (March 22, 2019)
  • A Chosen and Precious Cornerstone – 1 Peter 2:6-8 - What is your life built around? What is the cornerstone of the church you are a part of? If the answer is not Jesus, then you are heading in the wrong direction. Align your life, and your relationship with God, around Jesus as the cornerstone. If he is your cornerstone, you have no reason to be ashamed. If he is not, then you are stumbling around in the dark. (March 8, 2019)
  • Living As Foreigners and Exiles – 1 Peter 2:11-17 - As citizens of the kingdom of God, we are foreigners, temporarily residing in this world. And while we are here we should be living in a way that would reflect well on our native kingdom and King. The people of this world will not understand us, and may well accuse of of many things. Don't be surprised. But also, don't give them any valid grounds for speaking evil against us. Live to honor God, and this world will eventually see and acknowledge that we have been faithful to and glorified God. (April 5, 2019)
  • Responding To Suffering – 1 Peter 2:18-25 - We should expect to suffer for Christ if we are being faithful. In this passage, Peter tells us how to respond when suffering, following Christ's example. (April 26, 2019)
  • Instruction for Wives and Husbands – 1 Peter 3:1-7 - Peter's instructions for wives and husbands are not always popular in today's world. But to ignore them puts both our marriage and prayer life at risk. (May 10, 2019)
  • Christian Ethical Behavior: Cliff Notes Version – 1 Peter 3:8-12 - How do we live in community and with those on the outside. Peter here gives us a brief synopsis on Christian ethical behavior. Turn from evil and do good! (May 24, 2019)
  • Revere Christ as Lord, Even While Suffering – 1 Peter 3:13-18 - How do you respond to suffering for Christ? Peter tells us to rejoice and revere Christ as Lord. And to always be ready to share the reason for your hope. (June 7, 2019)
  • Imprisoned Spirits and Baptism – 1 Peter 3:19-22 - One of the most challenging passages in 1 Peter deals with these imprisoned spirits who are facing judgement. Yet that can give us hope in our suffering. (June 21, 2019)
  • Don’t Surrender to the World’s Influence – 1 Peter 4:1-6 - We live in a world that will, more likely than not, ridicule those who are of faith. But don't surrender to the influence of the world. Be true to Jesus. (July 5, 2019)
  • Life in the Church: to Love and to Serve – 1 Peter 4:7-11 - Our life within the church should stand in contrast to what we face in the world around us. We need to be willing to love and to serve, glorifying God. (July 19, 2019)
  • Being a Shepherd, a Rewarding Task – 1 Peter 5:1-4 - In this passage Peter gives some encouragement and instruction to the elders of the church. Being a shepherd is a rewarding calling, worth doing well. (August 16, 2019)
  • Humble Yourself Under the Hand of God – 1 Peter 5:5-11 - You will face challenges in this life. But humble yourself under the mighty hand of God. And he will lift you up to glory, not in your time, but in his. (August 30, 2019)

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