If most of us were asked, “who was the most outspoken and impulsive disciples according to the Gospel narratives?”, I am sure most of us will chime in with: Peter. Yes, Peter is well known for his impulsive boldness (and faith) to walk on water (Matthew 14:28-29), cutting off the ear of the high priest’s servant (John 18:10) and also having the audacity to rebuke even Jesus (Mark 8:32).
Along with this impulsive nature, Peter was also one of the closest disciples and the one who was chosen as the rock on which the Church would be established (Matthew 16:18). And as we read from the book of Acts, we see that Peter did live up to this calling as he gave leadership to the early church and was instrumental in the spreading of the gospel.
So it was only natural that when some of the churches needed some direction and counsel, that Peter would step in speak into that situation. He did this in the form of 2 letters that were addressed to a number of churches in the region of Asia Minor or modern day Turkey.
In the first letter Peter affirms and the identity of the children of God in order to strengthen them and to encourage them to be strong in the midst of suffering and persecution.
The tone in the second letter is a little more urgent as Peter realizes he may not be around that much longer (2 Peter 1:14). So he makes sure he is making a very strong case for the validity of the Gospel message to nullify any of the false teachings that were starting to penetrate into the churches.
Peter the apostle of Jesus Christ encourages, challenges, warns and motivates the believers to remain patient in their sufferings as they await Christ’s return.
Weekly Reading Plan
And now here is the weekly plan for you to read through this section.
Don’t forget to use the template I shared previously to help you on this journey. Also, check out my resources page where I explain this template a little more.
If you want to dig deeper here are some of my suggestions:
- Use the above schedule to read through all of the text
- Search the Bible for verses and sections that give you a little more insight about who Peter was and meditate on his pursuit of Christ.
- Optional (if you want to really read through the Bible in a year): Read Psalm 142-144.
And that is it for week 48!
Happy Bible Learning!
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