January 8: Living as Exiles (1 Peter 1:1-2)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
Adult Education and Sunday School
Adult Ed and Sunday School for children resumes this Sunday. Josh Herring will begin a series on spiritual disciplines at 9:00am in the youth toom. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the Old Testament).
1 Peter 1:1-2
(1) Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, (2) according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood:
May grace and peace be multiplied to you.
This Sunday we begin our study of 1 Peter. This little letter is packed with encouragement, both in the content of the Christian faith and also instruction on how to live in this world. While we do not see much detail of Jesus' words and works in this letter (see gospel of Mark) Peter provides a framework for the Christian in the world. With his opening words he refers to us as pilgrims in a world not our own. How do we live in this context, especially in times of challenge and adversity? Peter begins by identifying himself as a an apostle, one who has the authority and position to give such instruction. But he also reminds us of our identity. We are chosen by God, holy and cleansed, and are a people for his own possession.
As children of God, we are to live honorable lives and seek to do good even in a context that stands opposed to us. In fact, this is the context of the Christian life. Jesus faced this situation and so will those who call themselves by his name. How can we do it? How can we persevere? Peter wants us to stand by grace and gives us wonderful wisdom to finish well. Though we will focus on the first two verses, we will also look at the overall framework of the book. Therefore, please take the time to read the whole thing as you prepare for our time together this upcoming Sunday.
Review and Apply
Why is Peter an excellent choice for writing this book?
What is an apostle? Do they still exist? Why or why not?
Describe what it means to be an exile. How do you see this in your own life?
How does he identify us in verse 2? In what ways do you struggle with identity?
What does it mean to be elect according the foreknowledge of God? How is this helpful to you in times of difficulty?
How does his 'sprinkling with blood' lead to obedience?
How has the world changed to you? What are some example of 'normal' that are now abnormal'?
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