Teaching 1 Peter looks at the first letter from the apostle to a primarily gentile audience scattered around Asia Minor. Angus MacLeay explains the context of this letter and its relevance in a contemporary setting where Christians are surrounded by a pagan culture. He also suggests practical theological applications for specific situations that still affect the church today. This book is a useful tool for anyone teaching the book of 1 Peter.
“Peter is probably, therefore, writing to converted Gentiles with no spiritual pedigree, on the very edge of the empire, wanting to show these insignificant, small and persecuted groups that in God’s eyes they are His chosen people—the centre of His eternal purposes.” (Page 17)
“What he has written is an encouragement for them to keep standing in the true grace of God. As we preach 1 Peter our aim must also be to encourage God’s chosen people, currently in exile, to keep standing firm as they are buffeted by all sorts of pressures and opposition to the Christian faith, because as they follow Christ even amidst their sufferings they will soon share in His glory, through God’s abundant mercy and grace.” (Page 20)
“Peter wants to give assurance that Jesus Christ has triumphed over all evil and therefore, although Christians may undergo trials, they need not ultimately be afraid.” (Page 172)
“Whereas in our own society our automatic reaction to difficulty is the exercise of power to assert our rights, Peter encourages Christians in positions of weakness to adopt his strategy of Christ-like, cross-shaped living, trusting that God will work through their weakness to bring about changes which will glorify His name.” (Page 146)
“It is likely, as the exposition will highlight, that the growing pressures, ranging from ostracism and verbal abuse to physical persecution, were the occasion for Peter’s word of encouragement to them.” (Page 18)