An Outline Of The First Epistle of Peter

Are things really hopeless in your life?  Listen!  Peter wrote his first letter (epistle) to the scattered and persecuted Christians of Asia Minor, what we today call Turkey.   The word “suffering” occurs at least seventeen times in the five chapters of this little book.  

But the real theme is the “living hope” which we believers have amid our hardships.  This hope is not mere wishful thinking that things will get better in our lives.  This hope is a sure and certain confidence in Christ.  He has guaranteed an eternal future for all those who believe in Him.  

One writer has entitled 1 Peter:  “Living Hope In A Hostile World.”  In the Sundays to come, we will home in on this word, “hope” with the following outline:

Peter – Hope For Us All 1:1-2

Hope Of Heaven         1:3-12

Hope For Holy Living      1:13-2:3

Hope Held Forth                    2:4-12

Hope That Submits                  2:13-25

Hope For The Home                      3:1-7

Hope’s Soft Reply                    3:8-17

Hope’s Foundation                  3:18-22

Hope’s Foes And Friends                    4:1-11

Hope In Suffering                 4:12-19

Hope’s Humble Service                     5:1-7

Hope Prevails                   5:8-14

We invite you to read ahead at home or bring your Bible and follow along in the pew.  As with our study of James, we will be using the EHV (Evangelical Heritage Version).

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Rev. Roy W. Hefti

About Rev. Roy W. Hefti

Pastor Hefti grew up on the North side of LaCrosse. He is a 1971 graduate of Luther High School. He then attended Northwestern College in Watertown, WI. After graduation, he went on to attend Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI. He graduated the Seminary in 1979 and accepted his first call to start a mission congregation in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. In May 1984, Pastor Hefti received and accepted the call to be the Pastor of St. Paul’s. Pastor, his wife Alice and 3 children moved to Bangor in July of 1984. The Lord blessed the Heftis with 3 more children while living in Bangor. Their 6 children are now grown and are living around the world. In addition to his pastoral duties, Pastor Hefti teaches 7th-8th grade confirmation classes and also teaches a rotating class of “A Touch of Latin” or “A Touch of German” to familiarize the children with a foreign language. Each morning, Pastor conducts a Bible study with the faculty and he also conducts a weekly mission devotion with the whole school.