Sermon Guides_July 26, I Peter 1:13-2:3

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Bible passage: 1 Peter 1:13-25
Story point: We know that we Christians will be refined and that our inheritance is eternal life in heaven.
Key passage: 1 Peter 1:24 for all flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.”

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

Supplies: passage and an object to pass around (like a ball or something similar)
Practice the verse a few times before starting the game. Arrange yourselves to sit in a circle, facing one another. Give one person the ball and instruct them to say the first word of the key passage. Everyone will pass the ball around the circle. Each player will say the next word of the key passage until you say the entire key passage. After a practice round, time how long it takes for the group to say the key passage. Try again to beat your time.
Say: As we wait for Jesus to return, we all have a part to play in sharing the gospel with those around us. And we can be confident in sharing the good news about Jesus because, as this passage reminds us, God’s Word is true. How do we live while waiting for Jesus to return? We remember God’s truth, grow in godliness, and spread the gospel.

Bible Story Questions
  1. Who wrote the letter from today’s Bible story? (Peter)

2. Where did Peter tell the believers to find the truth about who Jesus is? (the words of the prophets and apostles, or God’s Word)

3. True or false: Peter told the believers that Jesus wouldn’t be back for a long time, so they could live however they wanted. (False, Peter wrote that Jesus will return soon, so we should obey Him and tell others about Him.)

4. How do we live while waiting for Jesus to return? (We remember God’s truth, grow in godliness, and spread the gospel.)

Activity: How long until…?

Supplies: calendar (can use the one on your phone)
Show kids a calendar, pointing out the days, weeks, and months in a year. Have kids help you count how long it is until Christmas. Then find a family member’s birthday or favorite holiday, then count how long until that date. Do this for a few events.
Say: Peter wrote that Jesus will come back soon. But “soon” does not mean a particular number of days or weeks or months or years. Besides, a thousand years to us is like one day to God! Peter said that God is patient. He wants everyone to trust in Jesus. At just the right time, Jesus will come again. We look forward to that day when Jesus will make the new heavens and a new earth.

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

Supplies: Paper and markers
Write out the words of the key passage on a piece of paper putting a box around each word. Practice it several times, then have then choose one word at a time to color over.
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. When someone promised you something important and then failed to deliver, how did you feel? (Disappointed, angry, sad, or anything else)

2. With what sort of people do you find it difficult to be patient? (Mom, Dad, siblings?)

3. What does Peter say about the Lord’s patience? (He wants everyone to have time to accept the gospel. Since the day when Jesus will return is unknown to us, we should live each day glorifying and honoring God.)

Activity: How long until…?

Supplies: calendar (can use the one on your phone)
Show kids a calendar, pointing out the days, weeks, and months in a year. Have kids help you count how long it is until Christmas. Then find a family member’s birthday or favorite holiday, then count how long until that date. Do this for a few events.
Say: Peter wrote that Jesus will come back soon. But “soon” does not mean a particular number of days or weeks or months or years. Besides, a thousand years to us is like one day to God! Peter said that God is patient. He wants everyone to trust in Jesus. At just the right time, Jesus will come again. We look forward to that day when Jesus will make the new heavens and a new earth.
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Gospel Student Ministries

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:13-25
Faith in Exile

Intro/Overview

As believers in Jesus Christ, we have a wonderful hope that informs the way that we live. In 1 Peter chapter 1, as Peter is writing to those believers in exile, he reminds them of this reality. He tells them that they have been born again to a living hope that is Christ Jesus, the risen King (verse 3). Peter spends the next several verses reminding his readers of the reality of their salvation. By the time we reach verse 13, Peter then begins instructing the exiles how they are to live and conduct themselves.

The first thing he points out is that believers must have their minds prepared. He says our minds must be ready for action, and we must be sober-minded. This isn’t simply calling us to be free from the abuse of drugs and alcohol, but this is challenging those who belong to Christ to be free from any worldly or outside influences. In fact, Peter says our minds must be firmly focused on Jesus. In verse 13 he says we must set our hope completely on His grace. When we do this, it makes it easier for us to conduct ourselves accordingly.

As he continues with this letter, he tells his readers to live lives of holiness rather than being conformed to their former way of ignorance. We are called to be holy because God is holy. This means we must live differently, in a way that brings glory and honor to God. If we are the people of God, called to be holy, that means our conduct matters. Especially when you consider the reality that we are citizens of heaven, meaning we are all exiles here.

Peter then offers a little bit more motivation for holy living. He reminds us that we have been ransomed by the blood of Christ. And this infinitely more valuable than silver or gold or anything this life can offer you. Verse 20 tells us that this is all part of God’s glorious plan for redemption, which was set before the foundations of the world. This means you have been chosen to be a beneficiary of God’s grace, God has destined you to be His own. This is no insignificant thing!

Finally, Peter ends chapter 1 by challenging these brothers and sisters to love one another constantly. This is essential to the Christian walk, the way that we love and care for other believers. He tells them that they have been born again, by imperishable seed, and through the living and enduring word of God. Peter quotes Isaiah 40 to remind us of how temporary and short this life really is. But he tells us that his Gospel message, the word of God, will endure forever.

In a world where nothing lasts, where things change, people/things let you down and fail you over and over again, Christ’s Gospel is eternal. And it is through His word and the power of the Holy Spirit that people are born again and empowered to live in holiness.

Discussion Questions

Read: 1 Peter 1:13-25
Reflect on these verses

These questions are meant to generate conversations with your students.
1. What does it mean to be sober-minded?

2. How can you live in a way that shows your hope in Christ?

3. When we talk about God, what does it mean when we say He is holy? How can we live holy lives?

4. You were purchased by the blood of Christ. That is an incredible/ultimate price. How does this impact you? The way you live?

5. How can we love our brothers and sisters better? Do you struggle with consistently loving them?

6. The word of God endures forever, how is this greater/different than other things?

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. Visit www.gospelcc.org/serve for some ideas to help with this week’s food drive!

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Adults

Hope. Holiness. Jesus.
1 Peter 1:13-2:3

Exile v. Jerusalem

1. Salvation is certain
2. Suffering is not in vain
3. We are living the fulfillment of the promises of God.

“Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be sober-minded and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. “
1 Peter 1:13.

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

“As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. “
1 Peter 1:14

“But as the one who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct;”
1 Peter 1:15

“for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.”
1 Peter 1:16

“If you appeal to the Father who judges impartially according to each one’s work, you are to conduct yourselves in reverence during your time living as strangers.”
1 Peter 1:17

“For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was revealed in these last times for you. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.”
1 Peter 1:18-21

The life and love of Jesus are our standard of holiness.

The way of Jesus is our way of life.

“Since you have purified yourselves by your obedience to the truth, so that you show sincere brotherly love for each other, from a pure heart love one another constantly, because you have been born again—not of perishable seed but of imperishable—through the living and enduring word of God. For All flesh is like grass,
and all its glory like a flower of the grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls,
but the word of the Lord endures forever. And this word is the gospel that was proclaimed to you.”
1 Peter 1:22-25

“For All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like a flower of the grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord endures forever. And this word is the gospel that was proclaimed to you.“
1 Peter 1:24-25

Jesus is sufficient for what is deficient in us, once and for all time.

Do I know Jesus, or have I settled for simply knowing about him?

Do I know Jesus, or have I settled for simply knowing about him?

Does the way I love others reflect the way Jesus loves me?

Do I know Jesus, or have I settled for simply knowing about him?

Does the way I love others reflect the way Jesus loves me?

How wide is the gap between what I say and what I do? Between my private and public life?

“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. I sought the LORD, and he answered me and rescued me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant with joy; their faces will never be ashamed. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him from all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and rescues them. Taste and see that the LORD is good. How happy is the person who takes refuge in him!”
Psalm 34:1-8

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