Start Up

We are continuing the study of 1 Peter, which was written to encourage a group of Christ-followers who were facing persecution. Peter reminds the readers of who they are because of the work of Christ and calls them to something bigger despite their difficult circumstances.

  • Children can have some wild and funny aspirations. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Why?
  • Describe a time when you felt like you were making a difference and contributing to something bigger than yourself.
  • What is one thing that stood out to you, or what did you learn from Jeff’s message today?

 


 

Discuss Together

Peter is writing to the church to remind them of their meaningful purpose on earth and to remind them of the immense privileges that come with being a Christ-follower. Read 1 Peter 2:4-10.

  • How are Christ-followers described in this passage? Which descriptions stand out to you? Why?
  • What does it mean that Christ-followers are “living stones?” What does it mean that we are being built into a house?
  • We are described as “a royal priesthood.” In what ways are Christ-followers priests? How does our priesthood differ from the Old Testament priests? In what way is our priesthood better?
  • What does it mean to be “a chosen people” and “God’s special possession” (NIV)? Do you feel this is true in your life? Do you feel like it’s true for the church?
  • Isaiah 49:6 says, “I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” What should this mean for the church? For us individually?

 

Take Away

  • This week, we learned that Christ-followers and the church is a temple of God, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and the people of God. How might this change our outlook for the week or how we live and treat others?
  • Jeff encouraged us this week to think about our unique gifts, talents, and abilities; to consider how we can be a part of what God is doing; and to find a place to serve the church. What is one way you can use your gifts to serve the church?
  • Jeff talked about the racial and economic unity that the church should experience, illustrated in Ephesians 2:15-19:His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility…consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household.
  • How can we as a church and as individuals live into this passage?
    • Take a few minutes to ask how you can pray for each other this week and to pray for how we can live into God’s big plan for the church this week.