Peter Principles – Week 2


: The writer calls himself an apostle


of Jesus Christ. ‘Apostle is also Paul’s favorite self-designation at the beginning of letters.

In Luke and Acts, the term ; ‘apostle’ is the official designation for the 12 who followed Jesus in his ministry and were chosen by him to establish the church in the poer of the Holy Spirit.

The five administrative offices, gifts, or as some call them, “The Five-Fold Ministry” is found in Ephesians 4:11-13:

Language about ‘exile’ in 1 Peter seems to show an analogy between the Christians of Asia Minor and the Jews who were exiled because they are separated for a time form their eternal home. The stress is not so much on the fact that they are far from home (whether an earthly home or a heavenly one). The designation emphasizes the fact that they are surrounded and outnumbered by the citizens, the natives, who misunderstand then and who constantly test their faith. Followers of Christ in Asia Minor are the new dispersion, scattered among opposing Gentiles, the majority community of the pagans.

A possible forerunner of 1 Peter is found in the letter that Jeremiah wrote to the exiles in Babylon (Jer.29:4-23). This portion of Jeremiah’s letter foreshadows the call of 1 Peter to its readers. They are to find their identity among the pagans where they are exiled. In part this means being exemplary citizens of society that abuses them and hooring the authorities that rule this alien land (see 2:13-17).

1:2. ‘

To the chosen exiles of the dispersion…destined by God

.’ The purpose for which the Christians of Asia Minor was to be obedient to Christ. What makes their obedience possible is the gift of his blood.

Elect’ according to the foreknowledge of God’  –

Very large and substantial study and argument really.

Romans 8:28, 29






1) a delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders 1a) specifically applied to the twelve apostles of Christ 1b) in a broader sense applied to other eminent Christian teachers

Assemblies of God position paper on Apostle and prophets

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.


The Colossal Challenge – Part 1 – Supremacy

Colossal Task Colossians 1:1-18 Introduction: New Series.  Week 1. Context: Sometime during Paul’s imprisonment, Epaphras solicited Paul’s help with false teaching that threatened the church at Colosse (2:8-9) The problem was the same problem we have today really…syncretism! Syncretism is the amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought. In that…


The Ideal Sister

The Ideal Sister Luke 10:38-42 Introduction: The narrative of Jesus as a house guest of Mary and Martha, Lazarus’ sisters in their home in Bethany (about 2 miles from Jerusalem) gives us some special direction as to the roles of service and worship. Distraction(s) – Luke 10:40-41 Martha’s Place/Position = Martha’s dilemma was service. Luke…



Influenced Proverbs 14:12 & Proverbs 11:14 Introduction: Most of us have heard the term ‘influencer’. Mark I Plier – gaming videos and sketches – over 30 million Logan Lee – over 27 million Jenna Marbles creates comedic vlogs and content – 0ver 27 million King Back – over 24 million Tyler Oakley – podcasts, books…



Steps Psalm 37:23-24 Introduction: Two factors helped direct my sermon thoughts today: Our Business meeting and people moving. NKJ Psalm 37:23-24 ‘The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. 24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with…


To Serve or Not to Serve…This is the Question

To Serve or Not to Serve…That is the Question. Mark 10:35-45 Introduction: The apostles James and John were confused about the servant nature of Jesus. They called him Master, Teacher and Lord, but they did not know what to make of him as Servant.  On this side of the cross, resurrection, and ascension we cannot understand…


My Family & I

My Family and I Introduction: About a month agoI shared a message entitled, ‘Blessing or Burden’ You are (can/should be) a gift to your family. Ways to be a blessing to your family: (I am going to try and keep this light-hearted). Honour and Respect. Application: If I’m honest, I fear/worry we’ve lost out on…


Freedom, Liberty & Independence

Introduction: Billy Graham,‘From cover to cover, God’s Word points to freedom in Christ. And God doesn’t leave us wondering how to grab hold of the freedom He offers. It starts with acknowledging our brokenness—and admitting we are slaves to sin. And it ends with choosing Jesus and following Him daily. Only He can break the bonds of…


If You Knew

If You KnewJohn 4:10 Introduction: I. An Occasion Jesus having to go through Samaria. Jesus went from Judea (southern Israel) to Galilee (the north). In between lay Samaria, an area many Jews skirted. Hatred and distrust between Israelites and Samaritans went back over 500 years, to Israel’s return from exile in Babylon (cf. Ezra 4:1-5). Jesus’…


My Church and I – Part 4

This is a subtitle for your new post Introduction : Last instalment of ‘My Church and I.’ – I’m sure you have some expectations of your church and pastor. If they don’t meet those expectations you’ll probably be looking for a new church. I’ve always found that reality interesting because very few people…