Christian on Trial – Introduction to Series

Who was Peter?

In Peter, we see a normal disciple:

  • Someone who really loves Jesus
  • Someone who really sins
  • Someone with whom God is patient as he grows and matures through his sin to love Jesus more and sin less
  • In the four lists of the twelve apostles , Peter is always mentioned first because he is their recognized leader after Jesus
  • Peter also acts as spokesman for the twelve disciples
  • His father’s name was Jonah (Matt. 16:17)
  • he was married (Mark 1:30)
  • his wife accompanied him on missionary trips (1 Cor. 9:5)
  • he was born in Bethsaida, a largely Greek city
  • he worked as a fisherman
  • he was called to be a follower of Jesus (Mark 1:16)
  • Peter was also one of the three, along with James and John, who formed an inner circle around Jesus (Mark 5:37; 9:2; 14:33; cf. 13:3)

Peter in the Early Church

  • Jesus personally appeared to Peter (Luke 24:34; 1 Cor. 15:5).
  • Jesus re-commissions Peter to the ministry and the responsibility to “feed Jesus’ sheep.”
  • he is the leader of the early church before Pentecost (Acts 1:15f.)
  • he is the main preacher (2:14f.; 3:12f.)
  • And it was to Peter in particular that supernatural powers were attributed (5:15)

Peter the Author

  • Peter writes 2 books of the Bible, namely 1 & 2 Peter from Rome in about 63-64AD, after Mark and Matthew were written and before 1 Timothy and Titus.

Why were 1 and 2 Peter written?

  • Peter’s underlying concern and reason for writing was about what we today call religious tolerance, diversity, and religious pluralism.

How does 1 and 2 Peter relate to us today?

  • 2 Timothy 3:12 promises, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”

What role does trial play in Christian faith?

  • Principle #1 – Our life is a trial. 1 Peter 1:6-7; 1 Peter 4:12; 2 Peter 2:9
  • Principle #2 – We are to live in light of God’s judgment trial at the end. 1 Peter 1:17; 1 Peter 4:5
  • Principle #3 – Like Jesus, we are to live in worship to God and witness to others in the midst of trial. 1 Peter 2:23
  • Principle #4 – Trial in life is a purposeful opportunity for our sanctification, worship, and witness to God’s glory and our joy. 1 Peter 1:2; 1 Peter 1:6-8; 1 Peter 2:12; 1 Peter 3:15-16; 1 Peter 4:13; 1 Peter 5:10; 2 Peter 1:3; 2 Peter 3:18
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~ by jakesolivier on March 11, 2009.

One Response to “Christian on Trial – Introduction to Series”

  1. I’m really excited for the rest of the series! Bring it on! 🙂

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