[Presented in 2 nights in December 2013.]
These letters were written by the apostle Peter and seem to be addressed to several churches, not just one congregation.
1 Peter is written to Christians who were suffering trials and persecutions for their faith. A characteristic passage on this theme is 1 Peter 1:3-7. We can take comfort from these passages: if we trust in Jesus, God's grace is with us in every trial.
2 Peter comes later in time and is Peter's farewell letter. Peter writes here to churches where the biggest danger was from false teachers. See 2 Peter 2, where the churches are warned against false teaching in language like that found in the short Bible book Jude.
Learn from this that the church must always be alert against the danger of false teaching. And the protection against this great danger of false teaching is paying attention to the inspired word of God. We learn this for example from the characteristic passage we read, which was 2 Peter 1:19-21.
- Introduction to 1 & 2 Peter