Table of Contents

 

Introduction

Historical background

Special Features

Purpose

Outline

Message

Exposition

I. INTRODUCTION 1:1-2

II. The Identity of Christians 1:32:10

A. Our great salvation 1:3-12

1. The hope of our salvation 1:3-5

2. The joy of our salvation 1:6-9

3. The Witnesses of Our Salvation 1:10-12

B. Our New Way of Life 1:13-25

1. A life of holiness 1:13-16

2. A life of reverence 1:17-21

3. A life of love 1:22-25

C. Our Priestly Calling 2:1-10

1. Listening to God 2:1-3

2. Growing in God 2:4-5

3. Building on Christ 2:6-8

4. Summary affirmation of our identity 2:9-10

III. The responsibilities of the christian individually 2:114:11

A. Our Mission in the World 2:11-12

B. Respect for Others 2:133:12

1. Respect for everyone 2:13-17

2. Slaves' respect for their masters 2:18-25

3. Wives' respect for their husbands 3:1-6

4. Husbands' respect for their wives 3:7

5. The importance of loving enemies 3:8-12

C. Eventual Vindication 3:134:6

1. Suffering for doing good 3:13-17

2. The vindication of Christ 3:18-22

3. Living with the promise in view 4:1-6

D. The Importance of Mutual Love in End-Times Living 4:7-11

IV. The responsibilities of Christians collectively 4:125:11

A. The Fiery Trial 4:12-19

1. Suffering and glory 4:12-14

2. Suffering as Christians 4:15-19

B. The Church under Trial 5:1-11

1. The responsibility of the elders 5:1-4

2. The responsibility of the others 5:5

3. The importance of humility and trust in God 5:6-7

4. The importance of resisting the devil 5:8-11

V. Conclusion 5:12-14

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