Valley Bible Church's Sermon Notes on The First Epistle of Peter


The First Epistle of Peter (1993 - 1996)


I. Survey of the life of Peter

A. Meeting the Master (John 1:33-42)

B. Now this is a fish story! (Luke 5:1-11)

C. Saved from drowning (Matthew 14:22-23)

D. Where will we go? (John 6:60-71)

E. Thou art the Christ (Matthew 16:13-28)

F. The cross precedes the crown (Matthew 16:21-24)

G. From regret to restoration (Luke 22:31-62)

H. Strengthend by the Master's grip (Acts 2-4)

I. Kept in the Master's hand (Acts 12:1-25)


II. Salvation (1:1-21)

A. Chosen by God for salvation (1:1-2)

1. The recipients of election

2. The essence of election

3. The basis of election

4. The outworking of election

5. The security of election

B. Thanksgiving for salvation (1:3-5)

1. The author of our salvation

2. The nature of our salvation

3. The certainty of our salvation

C. The joy of salvation (1:6-9)

1. Joy comes from the certainty of salvation

2. Joy comes from a proven faith

3. Joy comes from a promised future honor

4. Joy comes from a meaningful relationship

D. The greatness of our salvation (1:10-12)

1. Testified to by the Old Testament prophets

2. Testified to by the apostles

3. Testified to by the angels

E. The fruit of our salvation (1:13-17)

1. Steadfast hope

2. Holiness and honor

F. The wonder of our redemption (1:18-21)

1. The Old Testament figure of redemption

2. What we have been redeemed from

3. What we have been redeemed with

4. Who we have been redeemed by and for


III. Sanctification (1:22-3:12)

A. Our Love (1:22-2:3)

1. Loving the brethren (1:22-25)

a. When and who to love

b. How and why to love

2. Loving God’s Word (2:1-3)

a. Regarding God’s Word

b. Regarding our will

B. Our privileges (2:4-10)

1. Union

2. Access

a. Who the priests were

b. What the priests did

3. Security

4. Election

5. Dominion and separation

6. More privileges

C. Our conduct

1. Our conduct among the Gentiles (2:11-12)

2. Our conduct to the government (2:13-17)

a. The motivation for submission

b. The extent of submission

c. The reason behind submission

3. Our conduct to masters (2:18-20)

a. The mandate of submission

b. Acceptable and unacceptable suffering

4. The example of Jesus (2:21-25)

a. The ministry of suffering

b. The model for suffering

1) Christ suffered as our standard

2) Christ suffered as our substitute and shepherd

5. Our conduct in marriage (3:1-7)

a. Christian wives

1) Submissive behavior

2) Chaste and respectful behavior

3) Balanced behavior

b. Christian husbands

1) Considerate behavior

2) Chivalrous behavior

6. The summary of our conduct (3:8-12)

a. Behaviors to be pursued

b. Behaviors to be avoided


IV. Suffering (3:13-4:19)

A. How to cope in a hostile world (3:13-17)

1. We need a passion to do what is right, ready to suffer

2. We need a right relationship with Christian, ready to give answers

B. The triumph of Christ’s sufferings (3:18-20)

1. His triumphant sin bearing

2. His triumphant sermon

3. His triumphant salvation and supremacy

C. The suffering that comes from sin? (4:1-6)

1. The impact of sin upon Jesus and Christians

2. The impact of sin upon the word

D. A Christian’s duty in a hostile world (4:7-11)

1. The incentive

2. The instructions

a. Our duty to the One above

b. Our duty to one another

1) Love one another

2) Serve one another

E. The fiery trial (4:12-19)

1. We need to expect suffering

2. We need to rejoice in suffering

3. We need to evaluate the source of suffering and trust God


V. Shepherding (5:1-14)

A. Shepherding the flock of God (5:1-4)

1. The responsibilities of a shepherd

2. The motivations to be a shepherd

3. The practice of a shepherd

a. Positive behaviors to adopt

b. Negative behaviors to avoid

B. Fundamental attitudes of Christian maturity (5:5-14)

1. Submission and humility

2. Trust and self control

3. Vigilance

a. Being sober and alert

b. Trust in God’s purposes

c. Resist the devil