CHOSEN TO BE A HOLY NATION
1 Peter 2:4-25
Key Verse: 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Read verses 4-5. Who is the “living stone”? What is the paradox about him? How does God work in us as we come to him? What does it mean to be a holy priesthood? What are the sacrifices acceptable to God? (Ro 12:1,2; Ps 51:17; Heb 13:15)
Read verses 6-8. What does Scripture say about this living stone? Why is Jesus called the “stone the builders rejected”? (Mk 12:10) To whom is he precious? (4,6,7) When does he become a stone that causes men to stumble? What does it mean that he is the cornerstone? Capstone?
Read verses 9-12. What is God’s purpose in choosing his people? What does it mean to be a royal priesthood? (cf. Heb 7) A holy nation? What is the life purpose of all believers? How can we live lives that glorify God (11-12)?
Read verses 13-17. What was Christ’s attitude toward human authority? What should be the Christian’s attitude? Why? How can one submit to masters and at the same time live as a free man?
Read verses 18-21. What does Peter teach about two kinds of suffering? Read verses 22-25. What was Jesus’ example and how can we follow him? What has he done for us? Why?
6. What do verses 11-21 teach us about how we are to live as God’s chosen people?