Scripture to Read: 1 Peter 1:1
This week we begin a brand new study on the book of 1 Peter. God led the apostle Peter to write this letter to the believers in his day. But, as we examine all that God led Peter to write, we’ll see how God is speaking directly to us today as well. Peter was one of the original disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ. Peter was originally a fisherman until Christ called him and his brother Andrew to follow Him (Matthew 4:18-20, …Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 And He *said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.) Peter was also one of the three in the inner circle of Christ’s followers. Peter, along with James and John, were the only three invited by Christ to be with Him on several different occasions (Matthew 17:1-5; Matthew 26:36-38; Mark 5:37-43). Peter was the only disciple who rebuked Jesus, but Jesus rebuked Peter more than any other disciple. Peter confessed Jesus more boldly than any disciple but also denied Jesus more vigorously than all the disciples. Peter was transformed by our Lord and used by God to write two letters in His Holy Word. God led Peter to describe himself in 1 Peter 1:1 as an apostle (a special messenger, a personally chosen representative) of our Lord. Just as Christ transformed Peter to be used by Him, He transforms us through His Spirit as well.
Challenge & Application
1. What are some things God taught you through Peter’s life and Christ’s transformation of Peter?
2. How have you seen the transforming work of God’s Holy Spirit in your life?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!