HOW DID WE SEE GOD THIS WEEK?

What victories can we celebrate?

What challenges did we encounter?

WHAT DID GOD SAY IN HIS WORD?

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. 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:

Since we have all the honor we need in Christ (1 Pet. 2:1-8)…we can seek Jesus’s honor instead of our own (2:9-10)…and disengage from honor-competitions (2:11-12)

Reflect:

What are the most significant notes you took during the sermon?

What did you learn about God and his plans for us from the Bible passage?

WHAT DID GOD SAY TO ME THROUGH HIS WORD?

Peter’s audience was the subject of slander and accusations, and Peter warned them not to fight back with their own envy, deceit, and slander. In your life, where are the biggest competitions for rank and prestige? Where do you struggle most with being put down?

What does God think of you? Despite all the slander brought against the church, Peter reminds them that they have been chosen by God and elevated to be his royal holy priesthood. Does that sound like the way you imagine God pictures you?

Peter tells us that we’ve been given this great honor by God so we can “proclaim the excellencies” of Jesus (2:9-10). Who is God bringing to mind that you know is stumbling around in the dark, feels like they don’t belong (not a people), or is burdened by guilt and shame (having not received mercy)? What difference would a relationship with Jesus make in their life?

WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT?

If your group is feeling low and unloved, consider how you can more deeply experience the love and honor of God toward us this week. Share encouraging thoughts from your daily devotions with each other by text. Pray for each other for God to reveal his love to you more deeply.

If your group is riding high on the love of God for them, consider how you can share the blessing of God’s love with the people in your lives who are sinking in sadness, or striving for other people’s affections. Help someone belong and be real in Christ!