Prior to being a disciple of Christ, Peter was a fisherman working on the Sea of Galilee working with James and John, the sons of Zebedee (Luke 5:10). Peter and his brother were originally from Bethsaida (John 1:44), but they eventually moved to Capernaum along with Peter’s wife and mother-in-law (Luke 4:31, 38).
Jesus called him from his nets to be a fisher of men (Mark 1:17) and chose him to be one of the twelve apostles (Matthew 10:2; Luke 6:14). He, along with James and John, because prominent disciples of the Lord, part of Jesus’ inner circle of friends (Matthew 17:1; Mark 5:37; 9:2; 13:3; 14:33; Luke 8:51; 9:28). The first half of the book of Acts follows Peter’s work in the kingdom.
In his epistles, Peter encouraged God’s people to focus on holiness, to focus on Jesus Christ, God’s Son and our Saviour. He addressed several relationships:
- service to our fellow man,
- submission to the governing authorities,
- diligence to our masters (employers),
- faithfulness to our spouse,
- fellowship with our brothers & sisters in Christ.
Here is an outline of 1 Peter:
- The great salvation of the believer (1:1-12)
- The sanctification of the believer (1:13-25)
- The growth & conduct of the believer (2:1-12)
- Submission to government & in work (2:13-25)
- Submission in marriage & to all (3:1-12)
- Conduct & Christ’s example (3:13-4:6)
- Commands to observe in suffering (4:7-19)
- Concluding encouragement & remarks (5:1-14)
Here is an outline of 2 Peter:
- The greatness of God’s word (1:1-21)
- Enemies of the way of truth (2:1-22)
- The day of the Lord (3:1-18)
Next time, we’ll look at 1, 2, & 3 John.