February 26: The Pilgrim in the World (1 Peter 2:9-12)
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 2:9-12
9) 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. 10) 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.
11) Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12) 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.
After Peter encourages us over the greatness of our salvation and how we live before him and others, he turns to speak to us about how we live in this world. Living in this world as exiles is two-fold: 1) pursuing inward rightness and 2) doing good for those around us in our city. This is a pivot point in the book. Following this, in the next few chapters, he will offer us some of the most detailed ethical instruction in the NT. So as an elect pilgrim, a guest in this world, let us abstain from the passions of the flesh and conduct ourselves with honor. In these two things, on the final day, God will be honored.
Review and Apply
What level of satisfaction do you enjoy considering the privileges of God in 2:9-10? How, when and where do you express your gratitude to God?
What was your life was like before you received his great mercy?
Why does he call us aliens and strangers? In what ways does that fit in your life today?
How do the passions of the flesh war against our souls? Give examples.
How do you fight this?
How is our conduct made honorable? How does it silence the critics of faith?
What 'good' are you doing in your city for God's glory?
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