– Presented on 15 Feb 04 by Adult ‘D’ Class (Teacher: Peter Koh)

Peter’s general epistles are not addressed to one particular person or Church.

I Peter writings fall somewhere between the outbreak of persecution under Roman emperor Nero and Peter’s death at the his hand. The purpose of I Peter is to encourage Gentile Christians (5:12) to remain hopeful and steadfast in the face of opposition and suffering (3:13-14; 4:13-19). Christian is to rejoice for the priviledge of suffering in the name of Christ (1:8).

II Peter written just before his death at the hand of Nero. An early warning to Christians about the rise of false teachers within the Church. He offered the best antidote to such spiritual disease: diligence and watchfulness.

Jude wrote probably around same time, offered defensive
strategy for resisting false teachers’ attacks (v 3-20) and gave a vivid description of their fate in attacking the Bride of Christ (v 5-7; 14-15)

The life of Peter :

Born In Bethsaida, Peter was called from his fishing nets on the Sea of Galilee to become Jesus’ disciple (John 1:44; Luke 5:1-11).

In the region of Caesarea Phillippi, Peter acknowledged Jesus as Lord
(Matt. 16:13-16).

Peter, James, and John witnessed the transfiguration of Jesus on a mountain, perhaps Mt. Hermon, (Matt. 17:1-9).

Peter denied Jesus three times on the night before His crucifixion in Jerusalem (Matt. 26:69-75).

After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to Peter and the other disciples in the Upper Room in Jerusalem (Luke 24: 33-43).

A bold witness in the early church at Jerusalem (Acts 2:14-41), Peter broadened his witness to include the Gentiles following a vision on the rooftop of Simon the tanner in Joppa (Acts 10:9-23).

Beginning at Casearea, Peter traveled through Judaea and Samaria, proclaiming Christ and witnessing to the Gentiles(Acts 10:24-11:18).