Early believers gave their very lives to protect the Scriptures that we may read and study the Word so that we may love, obey, understand, trust and know God, His plan, His sovereignty and His love. 

Each day, September 16-20, we are being challenged to read a chapter of 1 Peter. Join us as we GROW in our knowledge and understanding of the Word!

  • 1 Peter 1

    MONDAY-Day 1

    As you begin to read this letter from Peter, remember who is writing it and to whom he is writing. It is written by the apostle Peter, the closest human friend to Christ, the one who denied knowing Jesus, and, yet after being filled with the Holy Spirit, he boldly testifies. Peter is writing this letter to the followers of Christ who have lost their homes and family members as a result of following Jesus and yet they continue in their faith. 

    You may be walking through a difficult season in your life even now, but let the words of 1 Peter 1:6-7 speak to your heart.   In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

  • 1 peter 2


    Peter is encouraging everyone--including you too--to live a life that glorifies God. He tells us that once we were not a people (a people group), but now we are a people--the people of God! Because we are His people, we are called to live our lives in such a way as to reflect that. Today, how can you live your life so as to stand out for God's glory? 

    1 Peter 2:11  Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

  • 1 PETER 3


    As you read this letter from Peter, try to remember the first people to receive it. This letter traveled to prisons where people were sentenced to death for following Christ; it went to groups of people who were in hiding as they sought to follow the risen Lord. Read it with the strength and power of the cross. While Peter seeks to encourage these people, what encouragement do you find in this chapter?

    1 Peter 3:18  For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the Spirit.

  • 1 peter 4


    Throughout this letter Peter is asking and even commanding us, as followers of Christ, to show LOVE to each other. As we all go through trials and challenges, it is this unity of believers that encourages us and keeps us moving forward. How can you encourage another believer today? Will you encourage another believer today? Why do this? Christ loves us, and we are to love the gathering. LOVE IS WHY. 

    1 Peter 4:8-9  Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.

  • 1 Peter 5


    Peter concludes his letter with a challenge to live in humility. Christ had all the reasons to boast, yet He remained humble, and He is our example. Peter also gives a word to the elders of the church, as Peter himself is an Elder. With this reminder, take time today to pray for your elders. These are the ones God placed in this position and they are serving this gathering with humility. Also, take the opportunity to encourage your elders today in some way. As you step into the weekend, be reminded of the challenge to resist the devil and stand firm in your faith.

    1 Peter 5:8-9 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.