Ep. #04 "FIRST PETER" [Series: OTHER LETTERS]

Rating: All Ages

Episode: Other Letters Series No. 04 Narrator: Silas Primary Scriptures: 1 Peter 1-5 Story Summary: Overview of 1 Peter Location: Roman Empire Time: 60-64 AD Suggested Memory Scriptures: 1 Peter 1:7-9; 2:1, 2:9, 2:12; 3:1-2, 3:7, 3:17; 4:7-8; 5:8-9 The letter was addressed from Peter the apostle. You can quickly see why some scholars wonder how the uneducated Peter of the gospels attained the language and theological skill to write this letter. Perhaps 1 Peter 5:12 provides part of the answer. This letter was sent to faithful Christians in various areas of modern-day Turkey, but was likely meant for much wider dissemination. They had apparently been going through various trials, and Peter encouraged them to stay faithful, thereby obtaining salvation. Peter reminds them that Christ suffered, too. Holiness is an important outcome of faithfulness and suffering. Peter tells them that they are to be holy because God is holy, and because God will judge each of them according to their deeds. He reminds them that they are specially chosen by God who called them. They are to behave honorably so that even unbelievers will glorify God. Like Paul and James, Peter calls for believers to have submissive attitudes so they can bring others to Christ. They are also to have a desire for unity and a loving spirit. Over and over, Peter stresses the need for right behavior. 1 Peter 4:7 reflects one of the reasons why Peter is so forthright and urgent that people behave rightly. He says the end of all things is near. With that insight, Peter knows people need to change now, not at some point in the future when it might be too late. 1 Peter 4:8 shows just how much Peter has developed his thought process. He says to love each other deeply. Not just love each other, but love deeply. Why? Because love covers over a multitude of sins. Another reason Christians are to behave rightly is that they are representatives of God. Peter urges his hearers to speak as if God is speaking, and serve with all the strength God provides. The end goal of this is one thing: that God is praised through Jesus Christ. As Peter moves to conclude the letter, he reminds the elders to be good shepherds of their flocks. Although it happened nearly forty years earlier, you can be sure Peter remembers Jesus telling him to take care of Jesus’ sheep. Discussion Questions: 1. Name some reasons why this letter portrays a writer much more mature and educated than the Peter found in the gospels. 2. To whom did Peter write this letter? 3. What is the result of having faith in Jesus? 4. Where is Jesus living now? 5. Will people have to account to God for their deeds? 6. Explain what it means to be humble as commanded in 1 Peter 5:5-6. *1. 1 Peter was written nearly forty years after Peter was with Jesus, so Peter had surely matured; the Holy Spirit inspired this writing; 1 Peter 5:12 says that Silas helped Peter write this letter. 2. To the mostly Jewish Christians who lived

Eyewitness Bible

2 Followers
Follow
Ep. #04 "FIRST PETER" [Series: OTHER LETTERS] | FaithChannel Episode: Other Letters Series No. 04 Narrator: Silas Primary Scriptures: 1 Peter 1-5 Story Summary: Overview of 1 Peter Location: Roman Empire Time: 60-64 AD Suggested Memory Scriptures: 1 Peter 1:7-9; 2:1, 2:9, 2:12; 3:1-2, 3:7, 3:17; 4:7-8; 5:8-9 The letter was addressed from Peter the apostle. You can quickly see why some scholars wonder how the uneducated Peter of the gospels attained the language and theological skill to write this letter. Perhaps 1 Peter 5:12 provides part of the answer. This letter was sent to faithful Christians in various areas of modern-day Turkey, but was likely meant for much wider dissemination. They had apparently been going through various trials, and Peter encouraged them to stay faithful, thereby obtaining salvation. Peter reminds them that Christ suffered, too. Holiness is an important outcome of faithfulness and suffering. Peter tells them that they are to be holy because God is holy, and because God will judge each of them according to their deeds. He reminds them that they are specially chosen by God who called them. They are to behave honorably so that even unbelievers will glorify God. Like Paul and James, Peter calls for believers to have submissive attitudes so they can bring others to Christ. They are also to have a desire for unity and a loving spirit. Over and over, Peter stresses the need for right behavior. 1 Peter 4:7 reflects one of the reasons why Peter is so forthright and urgent that people behave rightly. He says the end of all things is near. With that insight, Peter knows people need to change now, not at some point in the future when it might be too late. 1 Peter 4:8 shows just how much Peter has developed his thought process. He says to love each other deeply. Not just love each other, but love deeply. Why? Because love covers over a multitude of sins. Another reason Christians are to behave rightly is that they are representatives of God. Peter urges his hearers to speak as if God is speaking, and serve with all the strength God provides. The end goal of this is one thing: that God is praised through Jesus Christ. As Peter moves to conclude the letter, he reminds the elders to be good shepherds of their flocks. Although it happened nearly forty years earlier, you can be sure Peter remembers Jesus telling him to take care of Jesus’ sheep. Discussion Questions: 1. Name some reasons why this letter portrays a writer much more mature and educated than the Peter found in the gospels. 2. To whom did Peter write this letter? 3. What is the result of having faith in Jesus? 4. Where is Jesus living now? 5. Will people have to account to God for their deeds? 6. Explain what it means to be humble as commanded in 1 Peter 5:5-6. *1. 1 Peter was written nearly forty years after Peter was with Jesus, so Peter had surely matured; the Holy Spirit inspired this writing; 1 Peter 5:12 says that Silas helped Peter write this letter. 2. To the mostly Jewish Christians who lived

You May Also Like...

Topics 18 - Malachis Messages
Eyewitness Bible
Topics 18 - Malachi's Messages

Topics 14 - The Best Question
Eyewitness Bible
Topics 14 - The Best Question

Ep. #06 "JUDE" [Series: OTHER LETTERS]
Eyewitness Bible
Ep. #06 "JUDE" [Series: OTHER LETTERS]

Ep. #10 "James Son of Zebedee" [Series: Luke]
Eyewitness Bible
Ep. #10 "James Son of Zebedee" [Series: Luke]

Ep. #10 "A KINGDOM DIVIDED" [Series: KINGS & PROPHETS]
Eyewitness Bible
Ep. #10 "A KINGDOM DIVIDED" [Series: KINGS & PROPHETS]

Ep. #20 "Luke" [Series: Luke]
Eyewitness Bible
Ep. #20 "Luke" [Series: Luke]

Ep. #2 "LAST JUDGE, FIRST KING" [Series: KINGS & PROPHETS]
Eyewitness Bible
Ep. #2 "LAST JUDGE, FIRST KING" [Series: KINGS & PROPHETS]

Ep. #15 "FIRST TIMOTHY" [Series: PAULS LETTERS]
Eyewitness Bible
Ep. #15 "FIRST TIMOTHY" [Series: PAUL'S LETTERS]

Holy Tuesday - Andrew
Eyewitness Bible
Holy Tuesday - Andrew

Topics 11 - Messiah & Son of God
Eyewitness Bible
Topics 11 - Messiah & Son of God

Ep. #17 "Pauls End" [Series: Acts]
Eyewitness Bible
Ep. #17 "Paul's End" [Series: Acts]

 Ep. #05 "SERMON ON THE MOUNT PART 2" [Series: THE THREE GOSPELS]
Eyewitness Bible
Ep. #05 "SERMON ON THE MOUNT PART 2" [Series: THE THREE GOSPELS]