Thursday: Love One Another
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Peter next steers Christians to the ultimate expression of what living a holy and faithful life will be like. Read 1 Peter 1:22-25. What crucial point is he making here about what it means to be a Christian? Peter’s starting point is that Christians are already purified (“Seeing ye have purified . . .”), and … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Living the Life of Salvation
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Living the Life of Salvation

Read 1 Peter 1:13-21. According to this passage, what should motivate Christian behavior? The word therefore, which begins 1 Peter 1:13, NKJV, shows that what Peter will say next grows out of what he had just said. As we saw in yesterday’s study, Peter just had been talking about the grace of God and the … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Elected
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God's Chosen

Read 1 Peter 1:2. What else does this tell us about those to whom Peter had been writing? What does he call them? Whether writing to specifically Jewish or Gentile believers, Peter was sure about one thing: they were “elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father” (1 Pet. 1:2). Here, though, one needs … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: To the Exiles
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The Exiles

If you were given a piece of paper that began, “Dear Sir,” you would realize that you were reading a letter. And you would assume that the letter came from somebody you probably weren’t close to. Just as modern letters have a standard way to begin, so do ancient letters. First Peter begins as any … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: An Inheritance Incorruptible
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Hands

Read for This Week’s Study: 1 Pet. 1:1-2; John 3:16; Ezek. 33:11; 1 Pet. 1:3-21; Lev. 11:44-45; 1 Pet. 1:22-25. Memory Text: “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart” (1 Peter 1:22, NIV). Whenever one studies … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Feeding the Sheep
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Further Thought: Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, “The Call by the Sea,” pp. 244-251, “A Night on the Lake,” pp. 377-382. From the fisherman’s early admission of his own sinfulness to his bold declaration of Jesus that “‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God’” (Matt. 16:16, NKJV) to his terrible … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Peter as Church Leader
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Peter Preaching

During the ministry of Jesus, Peter often acted in the role of leader of the 12 disciples. He was their usual spokesman. When Matthew lists the disciples, he says “first, . . . Peter” (Matt. 10:2). Peter also took a prominent role in the early church. It was Peter who took the initiative to appoint … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Denying His Lord
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Peter Denies Christ

Read Luke 22:31-34, Luke 22:54-62. What lessons can we learn from Peter’s failures? Peter’s intentions were good. And, in fact, he showed more courage than did the other disciples. He actually followed Jesus in order to discover what would happen to Him. But in doing so, he decided to hide his true identity. This compromise, … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Walking on Water
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Jesus Rescues Peter

In their time with Jesus, the disciples saw many remarkable things, although few of them can compare with the events described in Matthew 14:13-33, Mark 6:30-52, and John 6:1-21. Jesus used five small loaves of bread and two fish to feed more than 5,000 people. Again, what must have been going on in their minds … [Click to read more …]