I am really looking forward to this new study through 1 & 2 Peter, and am excited that you have decided to join us!
Here is a little background on Peter and the amazing transformation God did in his life.
Originally Peter’s name was Simon, but Jesus changed it to “Cephas” which translated means Peter (Rock) (Jn 1:42). He was from the city of Bethsaida (Jn. 1:44) and a fisherman by trade (Matt. 4:18).
Peter The Fisherman
Certain jobs attract certain personalities, and this seemed to be true of the fishermen in the 1st century. These guys were manly men, a bit gruff, often unkempt, and known for their use of vulgar language. Being a fisherman was not for the weak or the faint of heart. This job was very physically demanding and could be dangerous and scary if a storm caught you off guard. Fishermen were known for their loud personalities and maybe this is why Peter’s business partners (Lk. 5:10), James and John, were referred to as the Sons of Thunder (Mark 3:17).
But Jesus is powerful. When he called Peter, Peter was willing to walk away from all of it.
We read in Matthew that Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law (Matt. 8:14). This tells us he was a married man. What I find to be so neat is that his wife accompanied him on some of his missionary journeys (1 Cor. 9:5). We don’t know her name or anything else about her, but I’m looking forward to chatting with her when we meet in heaven.
Peter’s New Life
Peter’s life with Christ became radically different. While Jesus loved all of his disciples, he had a special connection with the three rough fishermen: Peter, James, and John. They were the only three who saw Jesus raise the daughter of Jairus from the dead (Mark 5:37), and they were the only three who saw the shekinah glory at the transfiguration (Matt. 17). Peter and John were the ones tasked with preparing the last meal Jesus would have with his disciples (Lk. 22:8), and it was Peter who experienced walking on water (Matt. 14:28-29).
On the outside Peter may have seemed like this awesome Christian. He was passionate, zealous, and bold. He was the first to recognize Jesus for who he really was, namely, the Son of God (Matt 16:16-17). He was called the “Rock,” after all.
But if you could have seen what he was like on the inside you who have seen a man who struggled with fear, doubt, and other weaknesses. We catch glimpses of this throughout the gospels. Peter’s fear caused him to deny Jesus three times (Matt. 26:33, 70-74), and his weakness resulted in him falling asleep multiples times when Jesus asked him to pray.
Peter went through a lot before he became this pillar of a Christian (Gal. 2:9) that we think of when we hear his name.
He struggled, was remolded by Jesus, and filled with grace.
Peter is one of the easiest Apostles for us to connect with because he did not have it all together. He knew what it felt like to fail, to be down and to have questions. He messed up, stuck his foot in his mouth (Matt. 16:22,23), and acted rashly (Jn 18:10). Peter experienced persecution, imprisonment, and torture. But he also knew how to rejoice in the midst of these trying and difficult circumstances (Acts 5:41).
In 1 and 2 Peter he writes to encourages us in our faith during the hard times we face. He specifically wrote to Christians who were experiencing persecution and alienation, even in their own hometowns, because of their faith. He talks to us about faith, obedience, and patience when life is hard. He shows us that through Christ we can stand up under anything.
Through his love and power Christ transformed this once prideful and boisterous man into an obedient, faith filled, humble servant of the church. Jesus predicted that Peter would be crucified for his faith (Jn. 21:18-19). Tradition says that when the time came Peter asked to be crucified upside down because he did not feel worthy to be crucified like his Lord and Savior, but there is no scriptural or historical proof of this.
While transformation is never easy, it is possible. It is possible through the power of Christ at work in us, just as Christ worked amazingly in the life of Peter. Through Peter we see that Christ can forgive unfaithfulness and overcome any weaknesses. We, too, can become Christians anchored in Christ, strong in our suffering, and passionate in our faith.
The letters of Peter will encourage us in this quest.
Looking forward to starting our new study with you TOMORROW!
Looking to Jesus,
What a lovely introduction!! Excited to start the new study along with a small group, God helped me form. God bless the team behind this hard work and let the word reach many more people around the world. This blog has been a blessing for me since I discovered and still enjoying it. Thank You and God Bless You all
Thank you so much for your faithfulness and dedication to draw closer to God through these amazing studies. May God continue to bless you through LGG! May your intimacy and closeness with God ignite in you a desire to serve and encourage and inspire all of the people in your sphere of influence! So glad to have you with us again! ❤️
I am so wanting to study these books with everyone here. I want to become anchored in Christ. Having this on the blog today has been very helpful for me and I thank you. Looking forward to each day with LGG and everyone here!
Thank you for joining us! I really enjoy the introduction before the studies as well. Have a GREAT week!
Martha, LGG Encourager
Jen, I LOVED this!!!! Thanks for packing so much background into this post… and now I’m even MORE pumped for tomorrow!! 🙂
Blessed by you!
I’m with you… LOVE the introduction! It just sets the tone for the study!
Hugs and Love, Martha
I am excited about this study! Thank you so much for this Jen! Like you were talking about, I have been thinking how I can relate to Peter. I’m so passionate about Jesus, yet, struggle with fears and doubts and “putting my foot in my mouth.” I am praying for a transformation in my life through studying God’s Word here. Specifically, I want to change as a wife and quit scolding my husband like he is a child and be patient with him. Not only love him, but forgive, accept, and show him grace. Lord Jesus, change me.
Thank you for sharing your heart with us! So glad you are taking this journey through Peter! Prayers for you and transformation in your life.
Martha, LGG Encourager
Looking forward to it! I am on day 2 right now with your lovely study guide that you all have worked hard to provide for us <3. I am soo enjoying it!
(PS – may possibly meant to say "it" versus "if" just above "Peter's Writings". Scriptures talk about loving others as you would yourself… Hesitated even saying anything. Hope it comes across as a loving "in case you want to know"…)
So glad you were looking forward to the study and on day 2, WOW! Thank you for the ‘it versus if’ – good eye!
Martha, LGG Encouragers
Thanks for sharing this, it really gives a wonderful insight to Peter as a person. Not much different than folks today…. Really looking forward to do this study!
Thank you for joining us today! See you this week!
Martha, LGG Encourager
surely this will be an awesome study prayers that God will help us and open our minds to learn more on what he had planned for us
Yes ma’am an awesome study. I am so open to where and what God wants me to learn. Thank you for joining us.
Martha, LGG Encourager
Praise GOD! So so loved to have LGG sharing n guiding me through this Bible Study at the pace of my time.Greatly appreciated!
May the LORD Richly Bless you with Increase Anointing n many receive Breakthrough in life through this study.
Glory to GOD!
Thank you for your sweet note! We are blessed to have you here with us. Praying you enjoy this study greatly.
Martha, LGG Encourager
Just got my computer back. I would love to do this study. Is it possible or am I too far behind?
Thank you for all you do!!!!!!!!
I’m sorry for the late response – I just noticed your comment! But yes, it’s possible. You can download the materials and either join in, or go back through the posts and follow your own timeline.
By his grace,
I would like to start your Bible Study on line if all possible. This is the 18th day of April 2015. Im useing my smartphone. I do have a lab top,but my phone is usually with me. I do hope it’s not to late .
I need to understand the Bible better,amoung getting closer to God to guide me thru my troubles times.
Hello Jeannette! Of course you can! We are not placing women in groups at this stage, but if you subscribe you can download the materials and either start by yourself at the beginning, or join in (we’re currently starting chapter five). Welcome!
I hope this gets to you. I see this was 2015 and now it is 2017. I am looking for an on line bible study, (preferably women’s) . I have been doing study on my own and just miss people. Please guide and direct me to current studies I can get involved in.
We are currently doing the Broken & Redeemed study! We are in week 4 of our 6 week study! We will be starting Ruth in a few weeks! You are more than welcome to join us! If you would like to join a group please email Sheila at [email protected]
Thanks so much!
How do we purchase an actual paperback journal now for this study? Our church is going thru 1 & 2 Peter in life group now through end of summer and I would like yours to follow along with all semester if possible. I don’t see a purchase option anywhere. Please advise.
I am excited to share the study in Peter with my existing Bible Study Group and to learn more about you…