Lesson 18




Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

C Name the author of the books of I and II Peter.

C Identify to whom each book was written.

C State the purpose for the books of I and II Peter.

C Write the Key Verses of each book from memory

C State the Life and Ministry Principle for each book.




TO WHOM: Exiles being persecuted for their Christian faith

PURPOSE: To warn of the danger of persecution from those outside of the Church. KEY VERSE: I Peter 4:12-13

LIFE AND MINISTRY PRINCIPLE: Response to persecution should be based on Scriptural principles.

MAIN CHARACTERS: Peter, Silvanus, Marcus

I. Greeting: 1:1-2

A. From Peter, an apostle of Jesus: 1:1

B. To the elect scattered throughout: 1:1

1. Pontus.

2. Galatia.

3. Cappadocia.

4. Asia.

5. Bithynia.

II. Comfort and reassurance in suffering: 1:3-25

A. Reassurance in the facts of the Gospel: 1:3-12

1. The source of salvation : 1:3

a. Elected by God the Father.

b. Redeemed by the Lord Jesus Christ.

c. Sanctified by the Spirit.

2. The description of salvation : 1:3-5

a. A lively hope: 1:3

b. An incorruptible inheritance: 1:4

c. Undefiled: 1 :4

d. Fadeth not away (eternal): 1:4

e. Reserved in Heaven for those kept by the power of God through

faith unto salvation: 1:5

B. Reassurance based on the benefits of suffering: 1:6-12

1. Joy in spite of temptations: 1 :6

2. Praise , honor, and glory: 1:7

3. Joy based on relationship to Jesus, not on outward circumstances of life:


4. Assurance of the faith: Salvation of the soul: 1:9-12

a. Sought by the prophets: 1:9-10

b. Their source: Christ: 1:11

c. Their summary: 1:11-12

(1) They predicted His first coming and suffering: 1:11

(2) They predicted His second coming and the glory that

should follow: 1:11

d. Sought by the angels: 1:12

C. Reassurance based on a proper response to suffering: 1:14-17

1. Gird up the loins of your mind: 1:13

2. Be sober: 1:13

3. Hope to the end for the grace at the revelation of Jesus Christ: 1:13

4. Respond as obedient children: 1:14

5. Do not fashion yourself according to former lusts: 1:14

6. Be holy, as He which hath called you is holy: 1:15-16

7. Lead respectful, productive lives: 1:17

D. Reassurance based on redemption: 1:18-25

1. We were not redeemed with corruptible things: 1:18

2. We were redeemed with the precious blood of Christ: 1:19-20

3. Assurance in times of suffering is based on our redeemed relationship

with Him: 1:21-23

4. This assurance of redemption is based on His Word, which endures

forever and is the basis of the Gospel: 1:24-25

III. The Christian response to suffering: 2:1-3:13

A. Response to sin : 2:1

B. Response to the Word of God: 2 :2

C. Response to the Son of God: 2:3-10

D. Response in ourselves: 2:11

E. Response to the unsaved: 2:12

F. Response to civil authorities: 2:13-17

G. Response to employers: 2:18-20

H. Response based on Christ’s example: 2:21-25

I. Response to family: 3:1-12

1. The wife: 3:1-6

2. The husband: 3 :7

3. The entire family: 3:8-12

IV. The discipline of suffering: 3:13-4:19.

A. Suffering for righteousness brings joy and a good conscience: 3:13-17

B. Suffering justifies the sinner : 3 : 1 8 – 2 2

C. Suffering conforms you to the example of Jesus: 4:1-6

D. Suffering anticipates the second coming of Jesus : 4:7

E. Suffering develops spiritual qualities: 4: 8- 11

1. Love: 4:8

2. Forgiveness for sin : 4:8

3. Hospitality: 4:9

4. Good stewardship of gifts and ministries: 4:10-11

F. Suffering multiplies future rewards: 4:12-13

G. Suffering glorifies the Lord: 4:14-16

H. Suffering purifies the saints : 4 :1 7- 19.

V. Summary statement of the believer