Thoughts and questions, w. b. 22/11/20
1 Peter 2:4-10
Within his letter (or epistle) Peter is writing to all of the Christians throughout much of the Roman Empire. Unlike Paul, who wrote to individuals (e.g. Timothy) or individual churches (e.g. Romans), Peter’s message is much more general.
One thing we do notice is that it is written during a time of persecution, which would appear to apply to most, if not all, of the readers.
- What do you think Peter means by Christians ‘coming to’ Jesus? – v4
- In what ways does Jesus being THE ‘living’ stone affect your day-to-day life/walk as a believer?
- Peter says that you (as well as his readers of long ago) are precious! How does this make you feel?
- What does each one of us being called a living stone mean for our life together within a church? – v5
- We are called (to be) holy, i.e. separated from the world and set apart for God, but how easy/hard do you find this?
- What does priesthood mean to you? What duties do you feel you need to fulfil?
- How would you describe ‘spiritual sacrifices’, and how do you offer them in your life?
- Consider the phrases that Peter uses to describe us/the church in v9 (below). A) What do they mean for you; B) How do they make you feel; C) What do they make you want to do?
A chosen people A royal priesthood
A holy nation God’s own people
- Notice WHY we have these special titles (to declare…). How does being these people encourage or enable us to declare God’s praises to those around us?