Sermon Study - 1 Peter 1:1-2

August 14, 2013

by Jeff Breeding

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"Sojourners and Strangers" from 1 Peter 1:1-2. You can listen to the sermon here.

Sermon Review

The opening of 1 Peter is much more than a simple greeting. It’s a theological roadmap to the entire letter. Where is Peter coming from? What truths does he seek to communicate, and what is he burdened to accomplish in these five chapters? All of that, to one degree or another, is answered in this opening passage. It’s a greeting to Peter’s readers, but it is also much more than a greeting.

In these two verses, Peter introduces us to two important themes of his letter – believers are God’s chosen people, and believers are strangers in the world. Those themes, then, combine to reveal Peter’s great concerning in writing this letter – how, then, should we, God’s chosen people, live in this world that is not our home? It’s a greeting, but it’s also the roadmap to the entire letter.

For Further Study

  1. We noted that Peter’s opening greeting presents two themes for the letter – believers are God’s chosen people, and believers are strangers in the world. Read through the remainder of 1 Peter and make note of where you see each of these themes.
  2. We mentioned that Peter’s use of the word elect brings to mind the Old Testament and God’s election of Israel. Read Deuteronomy 7 in order to better understand this Old Testament background.
  3. How does Deuteronomy 7 help us understand that God’s election of his people owes entirely to his grace?

For Personal Reflection

  1. The doctrine of election should give us comfort as believers. If we are saved by God’s grace, then we are kept by God’s grace. How have you thought about election in the past? Has it been a comfort to you as a Christian? In what ways can it be a comfort to you now and in the future?

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