1st Peter: Disciple Lessons from the Fisherman

by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
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Dr. Ralph F. Wilson I hope you'll join me in this Bible study. I've been a pastor for the last 30 years, and since 1996 I've been conducting Internet Bible studies. Today I find great joy in teaching people all over the world from every denomination and faith tradition -- even those with no faith background at all. You're welcome to learn more about me and what I believe, if you like. Why don't you listen to a 4 minute audio clip where I explain how this Bible study works. -- Dr. Ralph F. Wilson, Director
Why study this little letter? Let me give you a few reasons:
  • You'll be refreshed with hope and joy.
  • You'll see Jesus more clearly -- as Lamb, Shepherd, Overseer, Sacrifice, and Chief Shepherd.
  • If you're struggling with temptation, you'll find several encouragements to holy living that will strengthen you.
  • If you're suffering for something you didn't do -- or perhaps did do -- you'll find perspective and assurance.
  • Peter gives us:
    • A clear vision of the Church.
    • Wisdom for marriage
    • Encouragement to witness -- with gentleness
    • Important words about spiritual gifts, and
    • Guidelines for church leaders.

All this in the 105 verses that comprise this short New Testament letter. Short as it is, however, we won't rush through it, but savor it, meditate on it, and seek to internalize its truths.

1 Peter: Discipleship Lessons from the Fisherman, by Ralph F. Wilson
All lessons are compiled as a e-book or paperback
We'll spend eleven weeks asking God to speak to us in these apostolic words conveyed by a commercial fisherman of Galilee -- now in Rome, soon to be executed. He's less a braggart now than he once was. Less impulsive. Time and discipleship have forged humility within him without destroying his boldness.

Peter is an apostle we can learn from. He walked with Jesus during his ministry and then spent the next thirty years preaching this Jesus and building his church all over the known world. A worthy teacher!

Here's how we'll study together.

  • Each Saturday I'll e-mail you the lesson for the week. Then you'll read the Bible passage and use my notes to help you understand it better.
  • On Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and maybe Thursday, you'll receive a question from that week's lesson to think about and answer. This is designed as a "total immersion" approach to Bible study since I'm believe God wants to use it to work real and permanent change in your life. (You can opt out of the daily questions if you like, however, and just receive the weekly lessons.) You'll be thinking about 1 Peter constantly for eleven weeks -- long enough for God to work his Word into your life and lifestyle.
  • You can respond to the questions using the Joyful Heart Bible Study Forum -- and read others' answers to reinforce your own understanding.
  • Then on Saturday, I'll send you the next week's lesson.

We'll take a couple of one-week breaks during these eleven weeks, however, to give you a chance to catch up if you're behind.

Here's our outline of how we'll use the next eleven weeks:

Introduction to 1 Peter
Artwork of Peter the Apostle
Participant Handouts for Classes and Groups (may be reprinted free)
Reprint Guidelines
References and Abbreviations
  1. Rejoicing in Our Salvation (1:1-12)
  2. Living Holy Lives (1:13-2:3)
  3. Being God's Chosen People (2:4-12)
  4. Submitting and Suffering Like Jesus (2:13-23)
  5. Appreciating Jesus' Atonement for Our Sins (2:24-25)
  6. Living as Christian Husbands and Wives (3:1-7)
  7. Suffering with a Clear Conscience (1 Peter 3:8-22)
  8. Serving God in Everything (4:1-11)
  9. Suffering According to God's Will (4:12-19)
  10. Leading with Humility (5:1-6)
  11. He Cares for You (5:7-14)

I hope I've convinced you to go with me on a JesusWalk for the next eleven weeks. Join me in sitting at the feet of Jesus' lead Apostle, St. Peter and learning "Disciple Lessons from the Fisherman."

Yours in Christ's service
Pastor Ralph

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