Sermon Guides_August 2

Kid City Notes

Lesson overview:

Bible passage: 1 Peter 2:1-10
Story point: As Christians God has chosen us to be “living stones” as part of His house. This means we have an important part to play, just like each brick in a building or wall. Although we are important, verse 6 says Jesus is the cornerstone, meaning He is the most important part, He is the foundation of our faith, what holds us up and supports us.
Key passage: 1 Peter 2:5a You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood,

Younger Kids: Bible Story Review & Bible Skills
Key Passage Activity:

Supplies: Paper, pen/pencil
Write: the key passage, 1 Peter 2:5a on a piece of paper and have the kids repeat it after you. Then take a ball and pass it around and whoever has the ball must say the next word until the verse is complete.
Say: As Christians we are the chosen people of God and are being built into spiritual houses. While we are stones in the house, Jesus is the cornerstone. He is the part of the house that is crucial to keeping it all together. He is the most important, He is what supports us and keeps the house together

Bible Story Questions:
  1. Do you remember who Peter, the author of this book is? (He was one of Jesus’ apostles.)

2. Why do Peter and Pastor Brandon say we need to put away certain things? Can you give us some examples of behaviors we should put away? (Because as Christians, we should put away bad behaviors to honor God. Just like we put away certain things at home, we should put away certain behaviors.)

3. What did Pastor Brandon say we need as much as babies need milk? (He told us we should want to read and learn from the Bible as much as babies want milk.)

4. What is a cornerstone and who is the cornerstone in God’s house? (The cornerstone is the stone that goes in the corner and is the support. Jesus is our cornerstone. He supports us and we need him. The cornerstone is the most important part.)

Activity:

Supplies: Jenga or dominoes
Set up the dominoes or your Jenga set up so that you can pull one piece out at time.
Say: When we pull certain pieces out the whole thing falls. Just like this tower needs certain supports we need Jesus, our cornerstone

Older Kids: Bible Story Review & Bible Skills
Key Passage Activity:

Supplies: Paper, pen/pencil
Write: the verse, 1 Peter 2:5a , on a piece of paper and read it together. Take turns scribbling over or erasing a word or two and reading the verse filling in the missing words.
Say: As Christians we are the chosen people of God and are being built into spiritual houses. While we are stones in the house, Jesus is the cornerstone. He is the part of the house that is crucial to keeping it all together. He is the most important, He is what supports us and keeps the house together

Bible Story Questions:
  1. Why do Peter and Pastor Brandon say we need to put away certain things? Can you give us some examples of behaviors we should put away? (Because as Christians, we should put away bad behaviors to honor God. Just like we put away certain things at home, we should put away certain behaviors.)

2. What did Pastor Brandon say we need as much as babies need milk? (He told us we should want to read and learn from the Bible as much as babies want milk.)

3. What is a cornerstone and who is the cornerstone in God’s house? (The cornerstone is the stone that goes in the corner and is the support. Jesus is our cornerstone. He supports us and we need him. The cornerstone is the most important part.

Activity:

Supplies: Jenga or dominoes
Set up the dominoes or your Jenga set up so that you can pull one piece out at time.
Say: When we pull certain pieces out the whole thing falls. Just like this tower needs certain supports we need Jesus, our cornerstone.

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Gospel Student Ministry Notes

Scripture: 1 Peter 2:1-10
Faith in Exile

Intro/Overview

As we studied 1 Peter 1:13-25 last week, one of the main points that we took from that text was that God has called us to be a holy people. When God rescued the Israelites from slavery/captivity in Egypt, He instructed them to be set apart, to live differently from those in the land. That idea of living differently is consistent with Peter’s theme of living as exiles. As we look at 1 Peter chapter 2, this theme of holy living continues, but Peter also takes the time to point us towards the cornerstone of our life of holiness, Christ Jesus.

Peter tells us first to rid ourselves of certain behaviors and attitudes that aren’t consistent with holy living. Malice, hypocrisy, envy, among other things, have no place among God’s people. Instead, Peter says that we should seek to grow in our salvation. He uses the analogy of a baby craving milk. Babies need milk in order to grow and develop as they should. Here, Peter uses this comparison to direct believers to seek/crave the word of God in the same way. As God’s people, we should have a desire for His world, as it instructs us on how to live and conduct ourselves.

Peter then reminds us that we are stones, and not just any stones, but living stones that are part of this house that God has built. This means we have a crucial role as part of the body of Christ. And that also means that the way that we live is important, since we are representatives of Jesus. While we are stones, and we do play an important part as part of this house that GOD is building, Jesus is the most important part of this building.

Verse 6 mentions a “cornerstone.” Now if you know anything about masonry, then you know how important the cornerstone is to supporting any structure. Just as this is an essential part of a building’s foundation, belief in Christ is an essential part of our faith. And those that believe in Christ will never be put to shame (v. 6). We have a living Hope that is Christ Jesus, and that is certain, it is assured, it is definite.

We are reminded in verses 9 and 10 that God has chosen us as His own people. And our purpose, as the people of God, is to live in a way that honors His name and displays His glory to the world. Our motivation for living this way, is remembering that He has shown us great mercy by calling us out of the darkness into His marvelous light.

Discussion Questions

Read 1 Peter 2:1-10
Reflect on these verses

These questions are meant to generate conversations with your students.
1. Peter begins chapter 2 by telling us that as the people of God, there are certain attitudes and behaviors that we need to lay aside. Are there certain things in your own life that you know aren’t in accordance to God’s word? Things you know God is calling you to lay aside?

2. Verse 4 refers to us as “living stones being built up as a spiritual house.” What does it mean to be a living stone?

3. Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of our faith. But the text tells us that there are those that reject Him. What causes some people to reject Jesus, and others to follow/surrender to Him?

4. Believers are a chosen race, people set apart by God, for God. As His people, we have received mercy and no longer live in the darkness, but we have been called into His marvelous light. How do these truths impact the way that we live?

As Christians, our hope and our confidence should ultimately rest in Christ Jesus.

End your time together by praying as a family. Pray specifically for the things that you’ve discussed (and confessed), pray for each other, and pray for our world as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 crisis and racial and political tensions currently facing our nation

Parents:
  • Consider ways to leverage the time that you have with your students. How can you utilize this time to help them see Jesus/own the mission?
  •  In what ways can you love/serve your neighbors? Think of some practical (and safe!) ways that you and your student(s) can be the hands and feet of Jesus at this time.

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Adults Notes

“Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander. Like newborn infants, desire the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow up into your salvation, if you have tasted that the Lord is good.”
1 Peter 2:1-3

Experiencing Jesus transforms our attitudes and our actions.

Holiness: live like no one else because there’s no one else like God.

Malice: this in the NT mind is that invisible force that no one sees but is toxic to relationships.

Deceit & Hypocrisy:

Envy & Slander: Envious Slander shows up as we criticize people behind their backs when you don’t know or won’t tell the whole story.

How I feel about someone, left undealt with, will eventually come out in how I treat them.
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“Like newborn infants, desire the pure milk of the word,[a] so that by it you may grow up into your salvation,”
1 Peter 2:2

For the sickness of malice and envy, the prescription is dependence on God.

Who Jesus is and what he has done, and the way of life he invites us into that’s the gospel, that’s the nourishment that matures us and sustains us in exile.

Experience of Jesus that transforms our attitudes and our actions.

“if you have tasted that the Lord is good.”
1 Peter 2:3

Savor the redemptive person work of Christ.

I sought the LORD, and he answered me and rescued me from all my fears. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him from all his troubles. Taste and see that the LORD is good. How happy is the person who takes refuge in him!
Psalm 34:4, 6, 8

Those who look to him are radiant with joy; their faces will never be ashamed. I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will boast in the LORD; the humble will hear and be glad. Proclaim the LORD’s greatness with me; let us exalt his name together.
Psalm 34:5, 1-3

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