V. Outline

V. Outline

  1. Epistolary Greeting (1:1-2)
  2. God's Saving Grace: Rebirth to a New Way of Life (1:3-12)
  3. The Implications of Saving Grace (1:13-5:11)
    1. Be True to Your Calling as God's People (1:14-2:10)
      1. Holiness (1:14-21)
      2. Love (1:22-2:3)
      3. Election (2:4-10)
    2. Act as God's People (2:11-4:11)
      1. Good conduct in situations of conflict (2:11-12)
      2. Christians in society (2:13-17)
      3. Servants and cruel masters (2:18-25)
      4. Wives and non-Christian husbands (3:1-6)
      5. Husbands and their Christian wives (3:7)
      6. The community's conduct when facing abuse (3:8-4:11)
        1. The community's internal relations (3:8; 4:7-11)
        2. The community's external relations with a hostile world (3:9-4:6)
    3. Depend On God's Future (4:12-5:11)
      1. In responding to hostilities (4:12-19)
      2. In structuring community life (5:1-7)
      3. In resisting evil (5:8-11)
  4. Final Greeting (5:12-14)