Sermon Guides_July 12: 1 Peter 1:1-2

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Bible passage: 1 Peter 1:1-2
Story point: Love one another and cling to what is good.
Key passage: 1 Peter 1:2 May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

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

Supplies: Paper, pen/pencil

Write: out the words of the key passage on different pieces of paper. Have kids arrange the words in order. Have them check their work by reading the key passage again.

Say: Peter wrote these words in a letter to remind people  that God works through believers as they do His work.

Bible Story Questions
  1. Who did Mr. Trevor say God’s chosen people were? (In the old testament, God chose the Israelites to be his people. But when Jesus came down, he established a new kingdom of God that let everybody in the world be a part of God’s chosen people)

2. What are ways we are unfaithful toward God? (Guide kids to talk about our tendency to put other things like money, fame, or comfort before God in our lives. We sometimes worship these things as the most important, when God is really most important)

3. If God remains faithful to us no matter what, why do you think it’s good to obey God? (Help kids think through what it communicates to God and the world when we disobey God. Help kids see that God loves us and wants us to love HIm. Explain how God’s mercy, grace, and love toward us awakens our hearts to love Him, and our love for God will naturally lead us to obey Him.)

Say: God’s love for us never gives up or fades away. It cannot be used up or run out. God is faithful to His people even when they do not love Him. He sent Jesus to save us and the Holy Spirit to help us obey.

Activity: Show and Tell

Supplies: Paper and crayons

Provide paper and crayons to kids. Ask them to draw a picture of their favorite toys or most prized possessions. Then asking them to share what they drew and why it is their favorite.

Say: It’s normal to have a favorite toy or a special treasure that you value a lot. However, the Bible tells us that we are not to show that kind of favoritism to people. God made everyone, and we all carry His image. We are to love all people because Jesus loved all people. A great way to love everyone is to share the gospel with them. God wants everyone to believe in Jesus, and He doesn’t want us to think of anyone as unworthy of His love. No one can earn salvation, but God offers it freely to everyone who believes in Jesus.

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

Supplies: Paper, pen/pencil
Write: the key passage verse on a piece of paper and read it together with the kids. Then erase most of the word leaving only the first letter of each word. Have the kids work together to complete the verse.

Say: Great work! We trust that God will keep His promise to one day end all evil and make everything right. God isn’t being slow to keep His promise. As we see in our key passage, He’s being patient; He wants everyone to repent and turn to Him.

 Bible Story Questions
  1. Who did Mr. Trevor say God’s chosen people were? (In the old testament, God chose the Israelites to be his people. But when Jesus came down, he established a new kingdom of God that let everybody in the world be a part of God’s chosen people)
2. Why can it be hard to love people who are unkind or unloving to us? (How does that help you understand what Jesus did for us? (Help kids recognize that we were enemies of God. God sent Jesus to call us to repent and be forgiven. Jesus obeyed God completely and died on the cross in our place. On the third day, He rose again. We can love others because we have been loved so much.)
3. What people can you love this week, even if it feels like they don’t deserve it? (Help kids think about people they know who need to experience God’s love. Help the kids consider what it looks like to exemplify Jesus’ mercy. Encourage kids to share the gospel with their friends and loved ones.)
Activity: Show and Tell

Supplies: Paper and crayons

Provide paper and crayons to kids. Ask them to draw a picture of their favorite toys or most prized possessions. Then asking them to share what they drew and why it is their favorite.

Say: It’s normal to have a favorite toy or a special treasure that you value a lot. However, the Bible tells us that we are not to show that kind of favoritism to people. God made everyone, and we all carry His image. We are to love all people because Jesus loved all people. A great way to love everyone is to share the gospel with them. God wants everyone to believe in Jesus, and He doesn’t want us to think of anyone as unworthy of His love. No one can earn salvation, but God offers it freely to everyone who believes in Jesus.

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Gospel Student Ministries

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

Intro/Overview

The saying goes “there’s no place like home.” The older I get, and the more chaos and brokenness that I encounter in this world, the more that statement rings true for me personally. There is a feeling of ease and safety to being at home. We tend to find it very convenient as all of the people and things that we love and cherish are there. We have a certain level of control and comfort when we are at home.

As the people of God, we are never truly at home as long as we are on this side of eternity. Our home, our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20). We are exiles; those that have been sent out and displaced for an extended period of time. The nation of Israel was all too familiar with this idea considering their history as exiles.

God had delivered the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and given them a land of their own, to be fruitful and multiply. However, they quickly fell into idolatry and sin and God’s anger burned against them. As a result, they were conquered by foreign lands/armies and taken captive, forced into exile. But God was faithful even in their time of exile. He had promised to redeem them and return the nation of Israel to its promised land.

In 1 Peter, the Apostle Peter is writing to believers, those that make up the Church/the body of Christ, and he calls them exiles. This is the status of every one of God’s people. As inhabitants of this world, we are strangers and sojourners here. We belong to God and our home is with Him. Although we don’t “belong” here, we do have a purpose to serve while we reside on this side of eternity. We are to live in a way that brings glory and honor to God the Father and magnifies the name of Christ. And this, of course, is impossible to do without faith.

We cannot possibly hope to endure this time of exile as we await our day of redemption without faith. Our faith, hope, and trust is in Christ Jesus. Peter tells us that we are “elect” exiles. That means that we have been chosen for this specific purpose. God has predestined us to be His own, and because of this, we can live with great joy and peace. This truth brings comfort to us during our time of exile. We seek to honor Him, to live by His grace and to make Him known throughout our time in this world.

Discussion Questions

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

These questions are meant to generate conversations with your students.
1. Verse 1 tells us that we are exiles. This means that we are not at home in this world. We know that as the children of God, our place is at home with God the Father. How does this reality impact the way that you live? Does this change the way you view certain things?

2. Peter refers to the exiles as elect, and in verse 2 he says that God had foreknowledge of these individuals. This means that God chose us/you to be His own and has set you apart to glorify Him while living in this world. Knowing that God has chosen you, does this comfort you? Does this make you feel any kind of pressure?

3. As believers, we are being sanctified by the Spirit. What does it mean to be sanctified, and how does the Spirit participate in our sanctification?

4. Peter mentions obedience to Christ. For a lot of people this can feel like such a burden. We often think of God’s commands as heavy and overwhelming. How do you feel about obedience? How is God (through Christ) specifically calling you to be obedient?

5.How can we live in a way that brings glory to God even as exiles here on earth?

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 the 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

Chosen Exiles
1 Peter 1:1-2

“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ:
To those chosen living as exiles, dispersed abroad in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient and to be sprinkled with the blood of Jesus Christ.
May grace and peace be multiplied to you.”
1 Peter 1:1-2

Exilic Discipleship Table.

“When we are rooted in Christ, we have nothing to fear from apparent losses and nothing to gain from transient achievements.” Pete Scazzero

“Moses came and told the people all the commands of the LORD and all the ordinances. Then all the people responded with a single voice, ‘We will do everything that the LORD has commanded.’
And Moses wrote down all the words of the LORD. He rose early the next morning and set up an altar and twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel at the base of the mountain.
Then he sent out young Israelite men, and they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed bulls as fellowship offerings to the LORD.
Moses took half the blood and set it in basins; the other half of the blood he splattered on the altar.
He then took the covenant scroll and read it aloud to the people. They responded, ‘We will do and obey all that the LORD has commanded.’
Moses took the blood, splattered it on the people, and said, ‘This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you concerning all these words.’”
Exodus 24:3-8

“according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient and to be sprinkled with the blood of Jesus Christ.
May grace and peace be multiplied to you.”
1 Peter 1:2

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