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1 Peter

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OVERVIEW

Author: Peter

Time: AD 60

Summary: This letter was a general letter written to Christians in Asia Minor to help build a joyful hope in the face of persecution. After confirming the grace of God in giving salvation to the chosen, Peter commands submission to authorities — despite persecution. He also shows that enduring suffering for Christ holds the promise of life forever.

Key verses: "If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed... If you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name" (1Pe 4:14,16).

Outline

1. Introduction: 1Pe 1:1,2

2. The hope of salvation: 1Pe 1:3–12

3. God's requirements for life: 1Pe 1:13 – 5:11

a) Being holy as God's people: 1Pe 1:13 – 2:12
b) Submission to authorities: 1Pe 2:13–25
c) Living for God: 1Pe 3:1 – 4:11
d) Suffering for being a Christian: 1Pe 4:12–19
e) Instruction to different groups: 1Pe 5:1–11

4. Final greetings: 1Pe 5:12–14

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