When the darkness seems heavy 1 Peter 1:1–12
Getting into it ... What’s it like being known as ‘a Christian’ in your school and at work? Tick the box that best applies to you: Great! All my friends are Christians and we have no problems at all. Pretty good. Some people don’t understand, but they generally leave me alone. OK. I hang out with Christian friends or tolerant people, but I get a bit of a hard time from other people in the school or at work. A little difficult. Some of the teachers (or managers) put Christians down, and the other students (or co–workers) think we’re stupid. Hell on earth. I just want to run away. Nobody knows I’m a Christian, so I look just like everyone else. Other: (specify) _______________________________________
The blurb As you’ll see in the first few verses, Peter was writing this letter to Christians who had been scattered over the known world. Now they were facing troubles, suffering and persecution. They must have wondered if God was really in control – it looked like God’s people were being destroyed. What did Peter have to say to Jesus’ followers here? Let’s read on and find out!
Read 1 Peter 1:1–2 How does Peter introduce himself? (verse 1)
Peter was writing to Christians. What words did he use to describe them? (verses 1–2)
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