I recently finished a sermon series through 1 Peter entitled A Living Hope in Times of Turmoil. While there are many ways to divide 1 Peter into preachable, cohesive units that respect the main points the author seems to make, I settled on the outline below. Scott McKnight’s 1 Peter in the NIV Application Commentary series helped me greatly in my preparation. In my opinion, the NIV Application Commentary series is one of the best series for sermon preparation. Certainly there are more in-depth scholarly commentaries for research purposes, but the NAC arranges it’s material in a way that facilitates text to sermon (one could say the NAC has a knack for helping in sermon prep). The other commentary I heavily consulted was Paul Achtemeier’s Commentary on 1 Peter in the Hermeneia series.
In the table below, I include the passage and the Title/Application of that passage (which contains a link to the sermon audio at Second Baptist Church, where I gave the sermons,). I hope you find this info helpful in your own study of 1 Peter.
First Peter Sermon series: A Living Hope in Times of Turmoil.
|1 Peter 1:1-12||“Praise God for a Living Hope and Salvation.”|
|1 Peter 1:13-2:3||“Growing in hope and salvation.”|
|1 Peter 2:4-10||“You are Living Stones built together for God.”|
|1 Peter 2:11-3:7||“Living a counter-cultural respect.”|
|1 Peter 3:8-22||” Follow Christ through the offences.”|
|1 Peter 4:1-11||“Time’s up-Living for God and loving people with our time on this earth.“|
|1 Peter 4:12-19||“Suffering is not strange-but it will be.” (Suffering as a Christian is normal; Christ suffered – but suffering also calls us to God’s judgment upon (ending of) suffering and sin.)|
|1 Peter 5:1-5||“Shepherd and serve willingly and humbly”|
|1 Peter 5:6-14||“Let God lift you up and complete you.”|