April 3: The Mindset of a Pilgrim (1 Peter 2:9-12)
This Sunday Brandon Jordan will begin a series called Making Sense of Christ and the Spirit at 9:00am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the Old Testament book of Leviticus).
1 Peter 2:9-12
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. (ESV)
I am very excited about our ministry week called Serve Raleigh. In light of the many people serving our neighbors in Raleigh through refugee ministry, prayer, 4000 Steps and various other ministries, I want to remind you of a right mindset for these good works. Peter, wanting to encourage believers, reminds them that they are pilgrims, saved by God with the purpose of both declaring the greatness of his glory but also displaying it through their good deeds done among the nations. We have an opportunity this week to conduct ourselves among the nations with honor so that through our deeds they may see his glory and give him praise on that final day. Is it not incredible that God would use us as his instruments in cultivating worship among the nations? Peter will remind us of our changed status from being not a people to being a people, even a people of God. As God’s people, we are to cultivate the inner life of God by abstaining from passions that dominate and decimate life in our soul. Conducting ourselves honorably gives us the platform to serve, and to do so in a way that brings people a vision of God’s rich and kind mercy. Will you serve with the desire to make his name great?
Review and Apply
1. What evidence do you have of a change in status from being called out of darkness into his marvelous light?
2. Explain the relationship between your understanding of his grace in saving you and your desire to proclaim his excellencies.
3. What are some unique characteristics of a pilgrim? How does this relate to being a Christian?
4. What is the context in which we are to expect to live out this Christian life?
5. What passions of the flesh distract and attract you the most, as they make war with your soul?
6. What is the proper motivation for doing good works? What other reasons do we often have for doing good works?
7. How do our good deeds lead to making God’s name great?
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