About This Course

This is an ECS Interactive Distance Learning Course, which covers the Bible book through lessons, exams, online discussions, and live events.

Online Interactive eCourse – Student Notification

You are enrolled in the Emmaus Correspondence School Online Interactive eCourse Program and will be awarded a Course Completion Certificate once ECS determines that you have successfully fulfilled all course requirements. You will be awarded unit credit for this course through the ECS Ministries transcript program. This course is a popular level course that is not available for academic credit.

Course Description

Peter was the most prominent of the twelve disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. He became the main spokesman for the early church in Jerusalem but later traveled among the early churches, including some that the apostle Paul had established.

At the time Peter was writing, persecution against Christians was increasing and they were under pressure to deny their new faith. In this letter (the first of two written by Peter that are part of the Bible), Peter wrote to encourage believers now living in the five provinces of Asia Minor to remember that they were pilgrims traveling toward heaven and just temporary residents in this world. His letter is full of practical instruction on attitudes and behavior to strengthen their faith and witness. The world has always been (and will continue to be) hostile to Jesus Christ and His followers. In light of that, the letter of 1 Peter contains both relevant and needed teaching and encouragement for Christians today.

Course Lecturer

Ken Fleming has been an enthusiastic and passionate Bible teacher for more than fifty years. His service for Christ has led him to many parts of the globe, including South Africa, where he spent twenty-five years as a missionary among the Zulu people. From 1977 through 2002, Ken taught in the Bible and Missions programs at Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa. Today he continues proclaiming the gospel and strengthening the church body through writing and preaching ministries.

Lesson Descriptions

Lesson 1: Introduction to 1 Peter 

Lesson 2: The Pilgrim’s Wonderful Salvation (1:1-12)

Lesson 3: The Pilgrim’s Holy Behavior (1:13-25)

Lesson 4: The Pilgrim’s Spiritual Priesthood (2:1-12)

Lesson 5: The Pilgrim’s Practical Submission (2:13–3:7)

Lesson 6: The Pilgrim’s Suffering for Righteousness (3:8-22)

Lesson 7: The Pilgrim’s Suffering and the Glory of God (4:1-19)

Lesson 8: The Pilgrim Shepherds and Their Flocks (5:1-14)

Course Methods

Throughout this course, a number of methods will be used to engage the students in learning and processing information, interacting with other students (when possible), and applying the truths learned to their lives. These methods include the following:

Course Components

  • Readings

This study has eight chapters, and each chapter has its own exam. Begin by asking God to help you understand the material. Read the chapter through at least twice, once to get a general idea of its contents and then again, slowly, looking up any Bible references given.

Begin studying immediately. We suggest that you keep a regular schedule by trying to complete at least two chapters per week.

  • Hyperlinked Verses

Studying the Bible is the priority of any course of Emmaus Correspoendce School. Hover-over verse hyperlinks makes referencing a Bible passage easier than ever. You don't even have to click!

  • Audio Broadcasts

For students who wish to use a medium other than reading, we provide the option of listening to the lessons in an audio format. Students can choose the medium (or combination of media) that most closely aligns with their individual learning style.

  • Exams

There is one exam for each chapter (exam 1 covers chapter 1 of the course). Do not answer the questions by what you think or have always believed. The questions are designed to find out if you understand the material given in the course.

After you have completed each chapter, review the related exam and see how well you know the answers. If you find that you are having difficulty answering the questions, review the material until you think you can answer the questions.


Whether sitting in a traditional classroom or studying from a distance, students benefit from interaction and collaboration with other students. In order to meet this need in distance theological education, ECS offers structures and resources to encourage effective community interaction in this course. The objective is to develop critical thinking skills through personal interaction with the content of the course and the responses of other students within a diverse community of learners.

  • Live Events

Every other week, there will be a live event with the course lecturer. Additional material will be shared in a lecture-style format. There will also be time for a question/answer sessions at the conclusion of the live event. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions (that you may have in your study of the course) directly to the course lecturer.

  • Group discussion with an online forum

The classroom forum fosters peer-to-peer interaction in a global, threaded discussion. You are encouraged to respond to relevant questions posted by the instructors. You are also encouraged to read and respond to the posts of fellow students.

Participants will be able to interact with other students worldwide in an ongoing threaded forum after each lesson. In order to get the fullest benefit from the online forum, you should answer the assignment question after completing the lesson. You should then return to the online forum before beginning the next lesson to see how others responded. The following steps are necessary for you to complete the assignment:

  • Enter the online forum.
  • Read the Discussion Question and share your thoughts with others.
  • Take the time to read and respond other students’ posts.

    Course Grading and Requirements

    How Your Exams Are Graded

    Instantly, after completing the exam, you will receive your score on the multiple choice section.  With any incorrectly answered questions, you will be referred back to the place in the course where the correct answer is to be found. An instructor will grade and/or comment on your What Do You Say? section.  You will receive an email with your course report when completed.  After finishing this course with a passing average, you will be awarded a certificate.

    Final Exam

    There is a final exam that reviews the entire course. The final exam will be available 3 days prior to the end of the course period and will remain available until the closing date of the course.

    Course Unit Certificate

    A unit certificate is issued for completion of the course with a grade average of 70% or higher.  Each certificate is made out in your name, showing the name of the course, date completed, grade, and units earned. If the grade is less than 70% the student will receive a Certificate of Completion. The course offered is at the “Popular Education” level. This means that satisfactory completion of these courses does not entitle the student to monetary or academic benefits other than those inherent in the study itself.

    Supplemental Resources

    All photos, audio, and videos found throughout the course are supplemental material intended to enhance your experience learning God's Word. These extra resources are not required or referenced in the eCourse exams.

    Course Requirements

    You must complete the course requirements within a 6 week period. Those requirements include:

    • Reading the course text for each chapter.
    • Taking each lesson exam and the final exam, scoring a 70% or higher average.
    • Viewing and participating in the live event sessions.
    • Participating in the group discussions in the online forum called We Respond.

    Course Schedule February 2016 - Next course coming soon

    Technology Requirements

    ECS Interactive Distance Learning Courses can be accessed from most computers built 2008 and after. Using an internet browser, you will login in to your personalized classroom to access the course. Apple iOS 7+ devices, Android, and other tablet devices should be able to access the course through the already installed internet browser application. For other technical questions, visit www.ecsministries.org/idl-faq-support

    Academic Integrity

    As an ECS student, you are expected to abide by the Emmaus Correspondence School Student Handbook. Any work submitted by you in this course must be your own original work.

    The Emmaus Correspondence School program/department is committed to providing an atmosphere for learning that respects diversity within the Christian community. While working together to build this community we ask all members to:

    • Share their unique experiences, values, and beliefs.
    • Honor the uniqueness of their colleagues.
    • Appreciate the opportunity that we have to learn from each other in this community.
    • Value each other’s opinions and communicate in a respectful manner.
    • Use this opportunity together to discuss ways in which we can create an inclusive environment in this course and across the ECS Ministries community.  

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