February 4, 2018 – The Man Behind the Letter

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Speaker: Don Dyck

Series: Fully Engaged

Study #1: The Man Behind the Letter

Scripture: 1st Peter 1:1 (all Scripture links go to BibleGateway.com)


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To consider

  • What would it have been like for someone who had grown up with Peter, but who had left home when they were yet in their youth and had not seen him since that time, to have met up with him years later as an adult who had written this letter to the various churches in Asia Minor?

A Brief Overview of 1st Peter

  • Written by Peter with the help of Silvanus, also known as Silas
  • Probably written between 62 and 65 AD near the beginning of the persecutions under Nero and just before the death of Peter himself
  • Written to the various churches in the regions and provinces in the northwestern part of Asia Minor
  • Written to encourage Christians in those churches to stand firm in the face of suffering and to become fully engaged in their own social context – within their churches, in their homes, in their places of work, and in their communities.

Peter’s Journey of Transformation

  • Calling by Jesus
  • Chosen to be one of the twelve
    • Mark 3:13-19
      • “…that they might be with him…”
        • hearing parables and their meanings (Mark 4:10-11)
        • experiencing Jesus calming the storm (Mark 4:35-41)
        • witnessing healings
        • being part of the feeding of the multitudes (Mark 6:30-44)
        • watching as Jesus welcomed the marginalized (Luke 15:1-2)
        • watching as Jesus challenged the religious authorities of their time going counter to most conventions and traditions
      • “…that he might send them out…”
  • Part of Jesus’ inner circle along with James and John
    • Only ones given nicknames by Jesus (Mark 3:16-17)
    • Taken in by Jesus when he raised Jairus’ daughter (Luke 8:51-56)
    • Taken up the mountain and witnessed the transfiguration of Jesus (Luke 9:28-36)
    • Taken further on by Jesus to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:32-42)
  • Moment of recognition of who Jesus is
    • More than likely as a spokesman for the rest (Mark 8:27-30)
  • Flaws and failures
  • Forgiveness and restoration
  • Continual course corrections
    • Continued questions and misunderstanding of the coming of the kingdom of God (Acts 1:6)
    • Learning and relearning the inclusiveness of the kingdom (Acts 10; Galatians 2:11-13)

Questions for Further Study and Discussion with Others

1)  Connecting with Your Story

  • As you look back over your life and spiritual journey, where and how have you experienced God’s transforming work in your life?

2)  Digging Deeper

  • Read over and review some of the major experiences and milestones in Peter’s journey of transformation. While our experiences are unique to each one of us, which of Peter’s experiences do you most identify with?

3)  Taking It Home

  • Where are you right now in your journey of transformation:
    • Haven’t started out on that journey yet
    • Just starting out
    • Stalled out
    • Experiencing ongoing transformation
    • Making continual course corrections

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