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Every Member a Minister

1 Peter 2:9

August 5, 2018

Aaron Williams

Introduction:  Jesus wants to convince us that our lives matter, every one of us. They matter to God, and they matter to the world. Jesus gave his life for ours. And Jesus wants to give our lives to the world. So that we can and will do great things. Jesus promised those who believe in him that we would do greater things than he did (John 14:12). How is that possible?  Through gifts of the Spirit. It's possible because he is alive and working through communities of people empowered by the Holy Spirit. And that Spirit gives youunique abilities to serve and to point people to him as the hope of the world. The adventure begins...


Prayer:  
Father help us to gain a firm grasp on the incredible notion that you intend to do through us even greater things than your Son and our Lord Jesus did. Restrain our disbelief and invite us to fully cooperate with you in finishing the purpose for which you created us. Amen.

Read:1 Peter 2:9

Review:  What did you observe about the city this week in light of last week’s study.

Discussion:

  1. Who are you? What are the first things that come to your mind when you try to answer this question?  Does your answer include your race, your job, your citizenship, your gender?  How do the words you use to describe yourself compare to those in I Peter 2:9?
  2. What does it mean to be chosen?  Share with your group an experience in your life where being (or not being) chosen was a significant event.
  3. What different elements of God’s choice can you find in each of these passages?  Deuteronomy 7:6-9; 1 Samuel 12:22; John 1:11-13; Titus 3:4-5; Revelation 5:9-10
  4. What are the privileges and responsibilities of a priest?  See Hebrews 5:1-4; Luke 1:8-13; Revelation 1:6; Hebrews 10:19-24

  5. What does it mean to be a citizen of God’s Holy Nation?  How is this citizenship different than being a citizen of a country on earth?

  6. Peter starts verse 9 with “but you are…”  Reflect on the difference this wording makes from some alternative ways we might be tempted to think of our standing in God’s eyes such as ‘you might be’, ‘you will be’, ‘you ought to be’, or ‘you can become’ ?

 

Application: How does your position as one of God’s own people change your thoughts feelings, assumptions and relationships?  This week spend some time reflecting on each of these in light of what you discovered about the way God views you in your study.

Pray:  Father, thank you for graciously giving us such a privileged position in your kingdom. Grant us the courage to fully accept and act upon this amazing gift to further your work so that we might reflect glory and honor to you.   Amen.

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