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1 Peter, 2 Peter, and Jude: Steadfast in the Faith (Ivill)

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November 2022

"Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,"—2 Peter 1:2-3

The books of 1 and 2 Peter and Jude offer a timeless message of hope to Christians living in a post-truth culture. In this ten-lesson Bible study, Sarah Ivill provides students of Scripture with an in-depth look at these three small epistles filled with great truths. Women who enjoy this study will learn to remain steadfast in the faith in a world that is  hostile to believers. 

Useful for either individual or group studies, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, and Jude includes suggestions for small group leaders, an overview of redemptive history, and a guide to learning Christ in all of Scripture. 

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Series Description: 

Many women go through life clinging to things or relationships that have no power to provide lasting peace. Head, Heart, Hands Bible Studies equip women to move beyond these fleeting things to find rest in the everlasting Word of God.  

Each lesson includes: 

  • Introduction— an overview of the chapters with applications for your mind, heart, and hands
  • Personal study— a series of questions that helps you dig deeper into God’s Word
  • Pulling it all together— a brief commentary that answers any lingering questions you may have after your personal study 
  • Processing it Together— a section of questions to facilitate studying in community

About the Author: 

Sarah Ivill (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is a Reformed author, wife, homeschooling mom, Bible study teacher, and conference speaker who lives in Matthews, North Carolina, and is a member of Christ Covenant Church (PCA). 

Table of Contents:

1 Peter: The True Grace of God

Introduction to 1 Peter

Lesson 1: Our Home, Our Hope, Our Holiness - 1 Peter 1:1–2:3

Lesson 2: A Spiritual House, a Special Honor, and a Significant Heritage - 1 Peter 2:4–10

Lesson 3: Submitting as Servants, Sufferers, and Spouses - 1 Peter 2:11–3:7

Lesson 4: Called to Righteousness and Reconciliation - 1 Peter 3:8–4:11

Lesson 5: The Creator God, the Chief Shepherd, and the Caring God - 1 Peter 4:12–5:14

2 Peter: His Divine Power

Introduction to 2 Peter

Lesson 6: Remember the Power of God - 2 Peter 1:1–15

Lesson 7: Remember the Powerful Coming of Christ - 2 Peter 1:16–2:22

Lesson 8: Remember the Promise of His Coming Again - 2 Peter 3:1–18

Jude: Preserved for Jesus Christ

Introduction to Jude

Lesson 9: A Call to Contend for the Faith - Jude 1–16

Lesson 10: A Call to Continue in the Faith - Jude 17–25



Sarah Ivill (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) has been leading, teaching, or writing women’s Bible studies since she was eighteen. She has served at the Howard G. Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership, in Bible Study Fellowship, and as director of women’s ministry in the church, among other leadership positions. She is the author of Hebrews: His Hope, An Anchor for Our SoulsRevelation: Let the One Who Is Thirsty Come; and Judges and Ruth: There Is a Redeemer. Presently a stay-at-home mom, she continues writing and teaching Reformed Bible studies for women. A member of Christ Covenant Church (PCA), Sarah lives with her husband and four children in a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina. 



“I am happy to commend these fine studies. Sarah is a sure guide—handling the text carefully, applying the Word wisely, and writing with an eye toward the edification of women in the church. The commentary and questions are marked by exegetical faithfulness and theological integrity. The church will benefit from Sarah’s excellent work (and even more so, from God’s holy Word!).” — Kevin DeYoung, senior pastor, University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan

“In the shifting cultural landscape where truth is needed more than ever, Sarah Ivill’s 1 Peter, 2 Peter, and Jude: Steadfast in the Faith is solid ground intended to equip the believer to stand firm. Sarah challenges us, as elect exiles, to find hope as we root our identities firmly in Christ and eagerly await the promise of His return. This study is filled with theologically rich content and gospel-penetrating questions designed to prepare us to give an answer for the hope that lies within us.” — Karen Hodge, women’s ministry coordinator for the PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) and author of Transformed: Life-Taker to Life-Giver.

“Sarah Ivill has the mind of a scholar and the heart of a shepherdess. In this study of the letters of Peter and Jude, Sarah challenges readers to know more deeply the hope to which believers have been called. Sarah is bold yet gentle as she presents the truth of the text in a way that addresses the learner’s head, heart, and hands. This study explores how the grace of God enables believers to stand firm in obedience, even when the circumstances of life are hard. In all situations, Jesus is ‘our home, our hope, our holiness.’” — Stephen Estock, coordinator, PCA Discipleship Ministries  

“Calling Christian women to ‘return to being women of one Book above all others,’ Sarah Ivill provides a rich, faithful, Christ-centered study of 1 Peter, 2 Peter, and Jude for those who want to be saturated in the Word of God. Sarah is a careful student of the Bible and a faithful member of her local church, and these qualities show in her labors to be accurate in the handling of God’s Word and helpful to women who want to be grounded in the truth of Scripture. I am thankful for her heart and her labors, and I warmly commend her work to you.” —Ligon Duncan, chancellor and CEO and John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary