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

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The New Testament books of 1 and 2 Peter and Jude offer a timeless message of hope to Christians living in a post-truth culture that seeks salvation in false, futile saviors and rejects Jesus Christ as the way, the truth, and the life. 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 that will encourage them to remain steadfast in the faith in a world hostile to believers. 

Each lesson includes the following features:

  • An introduction that provides a big picture of the lesson, showing how it applies to your mind, heart, and hands.
  • A personal study section of questions that helps you dig deeply into God’s Word.
  • A section that puts it all together, which aims to answer any lingering questions you may have after your personal study.
  • A section of questions for helping students study the Word of God in community.

Useful for either individual or group studies, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, and Jude includes suggestions for Bible study leaders, an overview of the history of redemption and revelation, and an overview of what it means to study Christ in all of Scripture.

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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