Bible Reading – Week 44

Overview: Peter introduced himself at the beginning of the letter as “a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,” and he addressed the letter “to those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours”. Only later does it become apparent that Peter was writing to the same group of believers who had received his first letter. In 2 Peter 3:1, the author reflected that this is “the second letter I am writing to you.”

Peter wrote this letter from Rome soon after he wrote 1 Peter in AD 64–66. So what would have prompted another letter to the same group so soon after the first? From the contents of the letter, it appears that Peter had received reports of false teachers in and among the churches in Asia Minor. The apostle warned them about the insidious presence of those who spread heresies among the people, marking such difficulties as a sign of the last days. Peter wanted to encourage his people to stand firm and to instruct them on how best to do that.

Day 1 – 1 Peter 4

1. How should our life and the way we live be a testimony or witness to the world?
2. What does it mean to cease from sin? Is this even possible?

Day 2 – 1 Peter 5

1. What type of situation makes submission seem acceptable and easy to go along with?
2. Is it harder or easier to submit to someone you love and respect? Why?

Day 3 – 2 Peter 1

1. What titles does Peter use to introduce himself?
2. How is “grace and peace” to be multiplied to our lives?

Day 4 – 2 Peter 2

1. What are ways in which you might identify a false teacher?
2. What seems to be the motivation of false teachers?

Day 5 – 2 Peter 3

1. How did Peter in this chapter show the unity of the Old Testament with the New Testament?
2. What did Peter have to say of Paul and his epistles?