On Sunday July 29 we will study 1 Peter 2:4-10 together. Our theme is Living as Christ’s People Gathered. To prepare for our time in God’s Word this Sunday, you will find it helpful to read 1 Peter 2:4-10 prayerfully several times while alone with God or with your spouse or family. Then consider the following questions:
1) After reading the passage several times, what seems to be Peter’s primary theme in these verses?
2) In verses 4 to 7, Jesus is identified in several ways. List three ways Peter refers to Jesus in these verses.
3) Peter says of Jesus that he is a living stone (v.4), and we believers are also living stones (v.5). Why do you think Peter uses this imagery to describe Jesus and the early christians? What does it mean to be a ‘living stone’?
4) Peter says that, through our connection to Jesus we are being built into a spiritual house (v.5). What do you think the ‘spiritual house’ Peter mentions is, in reality?
5) Peter calls believers a holy priesthood (v.5) and a royal priesthood (v.9). What was and is the role of priests in Peter’s world? In our world today? What are the implications of these statements for believers and for churches today?
6) Consider verse nine, then compare verse 9 with Exodus 19:5-6; Dt. 7:6. What does this verse suggest about the role of the church in the world? What does it mean practically for christians to be ‘a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of God’s own possession’?
7) Peter says of christians that ‘once you were not a people’ and ‘had not received mercy’ but now they have received mercy. What did Peter mean by these statements (see v. 10)?
8) Read verse 9 again and pay special attention to the last phrase of the verse. How do christians and churches ‘proclaim the excellencies of him who called them out of darkness into his marvelous light’?