February 12: Born to Love (1 Peter 1:22-2:3)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
Josh Herring will continue a series on spiritual disciplines 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).
1 Peter 1:22-2:3
22) Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23) since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24) for
“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
25) but the word of the Lord remains forever.”
And this word is the good news that was preached to you.
1) So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2) Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3) if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Last week, Peter instructed us that being born from above results in the Christian being God- centered as we set our hope on the grace to be revealed, as we seek to be holy as God is holy, and as we conduct ourselves in reverent affection since God is both our father and judge. Yet the Christian in exile is not only God-centered but a lover of the eternal community in which he has been birthed. In other words, further implications of this new birth to a living hope are seen in the community of faith. Peter reveals two more implications of the new birth. As children of God in exile, we are to love one another earnestly and to long for God together so that we grow up into salvation. For a threatened and challenged community, Christians are to be bound not only to God but to each other in love.
Review and Apply
Explain the phrase, 'obedience to the truth'. See 1 Peter 3:1 and 4:7.
How does this enable us to love one another earnestly?
What examples in your life in the past 30 days reflect an earnest love for others?
What inhibits the expression of this love in your life?
What is the comparison between perishable and imperishable seed?
How does the idea of new birth through an eternal word help a community under social and physical pressure? How can it help you this week in life?
Explain your experience of losing for the pure spiritual milk?
Explain how you have grown up in salvation in the past year?
How have you tasted that the Lord is good in the past week?