How did we see God move this week as we tried to live out the Spirit’s leading? What challenges did we encounter? What victories can we celebrate?

4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

6 For it stands in Scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” 7 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” 8 and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. 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.

Recall from Sunday:

1 Peter 2:4-5 – Resident aliens have a priestly purpose

1 Peter 2:6-10 – Resident aliens have a proclaiming presence

1 Peter 2:11-12 – Resident aliens should live exemplary lives for the Gospel’s sake

Reflect: What sticks out to you personally from the passage?

What impacted you on a personal level from Sunday’s sermon?

Where are you from? Share something your group doesn’t know about your background that formed and shaped you.

Our most essential identity cannot be racial, sexual, ethnic, linguistic, national, etc., but instead it is belonging to Jesus Christ. Have there been times where your identity as a Christian has put you at odds with your workplace, family, or school? On the flipside, have there been times where you’ve been able to form a friendship with someone who is very different from you because you both trust in Jesus?

As we follow Jesus, we will find him revealing to us where we are more defined by our cultural norms, our political party, our social status, etc., than by him. Has the Spirit been nudging you about a habit or perspective of yours that needs to change to fit your citizenship in Jesus’s kingdom?

If the Spirit has been challenging you to change a habit or perspective to reflect Jesus’s kingdom, discern together how you could take a practical step this week toward that goal.

Tim challenged us to consider how we can Go on missions, Give to missions, and Pray. Discern together where the Spirit may be calling you to begin or increase one of these activities.