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?
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?