1 & 2 Peter
April, May, June 2017
Want to learn more about 1 & 2 Peter? Use these Bible Studies for personal devotion, group Bible studies, or teaching a church class. Below are links to the lessons in this 6-part series.
Lesson 1: The Person of Peter (Luke 5 & 22, Matthew 14 & 16)
When you think about Peter the disciple, what comes to mind? I think of a leader - or at least someone who gets mentioned more than most of the other disciples. The pattern that emerges from the stories about Peter is that he is the one who says, "Let's do this," or "I can do this," but then ends up coming up short. Maybe you know a lot about what this feels like. At some point in Peter's life, after most of the stories we know about have take place, Peter is referred to as a "pillar" in the early church. Galatians 2:9. What an encouragement! Peter wrote two of the books of the New Testament, and that is our study this quarter. Let's start our study by diving into the Bible and learning more about the man!
Lesson 2: An Inheritance Incorruptible (1 Peter 1)
This week we begin our study of the first letter of Peter. Those who read the gospel accounts of Peter like him. He is bold, he has courage, and he knows what it means to let God down. In our study this week, Peter gives us an overview of the Christian life. Let's dive into the Bible and see what wisdom and encouragement Peter has for us!
Lesson 3: A Royal Priesthood (1 Peter 2:1-12)
How does God organize His people today? Is it like the structured organization that began after the Exodus from Egypt? If it is different, what does that mean as a practical matter for the present followers of Jesus? How might it impact our theology in other ways? Last week we ended with Peter telling us that God's word is eternal and that we are born again to eternal life. The rest of humanity, however, is fading fast like the grass and the flowers. Let's jump into our study of the Bible to learn more about what God has in mind for us who are built for eternity and are sharing an eternal word!
Lesson 4: Social Relationships (1 Peter 2:13 - 1 Peter 3:17)
How should we relate to the government? How should we relate to our employer? How should we relate to our spouse? These are practical questions that vary to some degree with the nature of the government, your employer and your spouse. Nevertheless, Peter gives us critical advice on all three of these areas. His direction runs counter to some current thinking, so prepare to be challenged. Let's plunge into our study of the Bible and learn more!
Lesson 5: Living for God (1 Peter 3:8 - 1 Peter 4:11)
Last week Peter told us how we should relate to the government, our employers and our spouse. This week he continues to give us advice in our other relationships. When I say, "relationships" I'm not just talking about interacting with others. Peter gives us advice on how to best promote God's Kingdom. Do you feel that your relationships with others could improve? Could your service improve? If so, let's plunge into our study of the Bible and see what we can learn to improve our lives and our service!
Lesson 6: Suffering for Christ (1 Peter 4:12-19)
Who wants to suffer? No one! There is a considerable amount of tension between concepts when discussing a Christian and suffering. On the one hand, God gives us His commandments so that we will live better, more enjoyable lives. On the other hand, Jesus suffered at the hands of Satan. If our Master suffered, then we should not be surprised by suffering. How do we understand these two opposing concepts? Let's jump into our study of the Bible and learn more!