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God Sends Encouragement

1 Peter 1:1

Peter had been a failure, but Jesus made him into a pastoral leader.  In this letter, Peter writes to Christians who needed encouragement, just as Jesus had encouraged him in the past (Matthew 16:18).  Many believers had been scattered because of persecution; living as refugees away from home and family, adjusting to a different Christless culture in, what is now, Northern Turkey.  Although they were scattered, they were not abandoned: although they might not feel ‘at home’ where they lived, they still belonged to God, part of His family and precious to Him.

Fully Understood and Full of Peace

1 Peter 1:1-2

However much Christians may feel they are 'strangers in the world'; each believer is very well known to God.

From Fear to Fulfillment

1 Peter 1:3

What a relief to be free! For the released prisoner, it brings hope of a new future; for the guilty conscience, forgiveness lifts the shame and the fearful shadow of punishment.

Confident of the Future

1 Peter 1:4-5

Troubles make us worried. Yet the anxiety is not so much about being able to cope today, but the fear of not being able to handle all the tomorrows.

The Building Blocks of Joy and Grief

1 Peter 1:6-7

Most people would like grief to go away, so that they can 'get on with the rest of their life'.

Enjoying without Seeing

1 Peter 1:8-9

We all know that love does not depend on seeing our loved one: indeed, as the English expression says, 'absence makes the heart grow fonder'.

The Unseen Author

1 Peter 1:10-12

Peter is writing to encourage Christians in trouble. The danger of persecution and sense of isolation made them vulnerable; they might be tempted to abandon their faith.

Active Self-Control

1 Peter 1:13

Christians should have active minds. God does not intend us to be passive or indifferent to Him or to our human circumstances.

Choosing the Right Mould

1 Peter 1:14

By nature, we tend to become like the people around us. It is as though they set the shape into which we pour our lives.

Holiness is for Everything

1 Peter 1:15-16

Some people think that 'holy' is dull, boring, restricting and without excitement. They are wrong.