The two letters that bear the Apostle Peter’s name were written toward the end of his life, some 30 years after Jesus’ death and resurrection. According to the Apostle, he wrote his first letter from “Babylon,” a cryptic reference to Rome. Then he sent Silas to deliver it to the “scattered” believers in the areas of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia. Peter was aware that these churches were being harassed by those who opposed Jesus as the resurrected Messiah. This had caused him concern that due to persecution some followers might fall away from the faith. So, he sends Silas—along with this letter—to encourage the “scattered believers” with the “living hope” that God would see them through the difficult times.
Sermon 1 “A Living Hope” 1 Peter 1:1-12
Sermon 2 “Set Your Hope on Grace 1 Peter 1:13-2:3
Sermon 3 “Silence the Ignorant Talk of Fools” 1 Peter 2:11-17