April 9, 2023

The House for Elect Exiles

Preacher:
Passage: 1 Peter 2:4-10

Pastor Phill preaches this Resurrection Sunday (April 9, 2023) on 1 Peter 2:4-10. The passage shows us why the world may mock and malign believers today. We discover that the living stone not precious to the world is precious to God, the cornerstone and foundation of where we stand as the house of God. We celebrate the resurrected Jesus Christ who enable both Jews and Gentiles to be a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a people of God’s possession!

Scripture Readings:

  • Luke 24:1-12 (1st Scripture Reading)
  • Psalm 118:19-24 (2nd Scripture Reading)
  • Ephesians 3:20-21 (Benediction)

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does it mean that Christ is the cornerstone and living stone?
  2. How is the rock that makes men fall? How does that happen?
  3. What does it mean to be God’s temple or house? How is that lived out in daily life?
  4. How is it lived out to be in a house that is rejected and treated poorly? How is this compared to the Christian walk?
  5. Why would the family of God move into a house that is rejected and needing a lot of work?
  6. What is the cost of being in the house and family of God? How can we attain the cost needed to be in the family of God?
  7. What does it mean to have a life of exile as a Christian? How are we called to live as those in exile?
  8. What does it look like to for us to live as Christians to have our foundation in Christ?
  9. What do you think are the reasons Christians are surprised when they experience trials/difficulty or when persecutions come?
  10. Is God’s house precious to you? How would you know if it is? What would your life look like if God’s house was precious to you?
  11. How does it impact our life to know that we are not alone in this walk with God?
  12. How does it impact our daily life and choices we make daily to live in light of our foundation lasting?
  13. How do we live our lives in need of Jesus?
  14. How does 1 Peter 1:18-19 help us better understand this passage and how to live out this passage?
  15. How does Hosea 2-3 help us better understand this passage?
  16. How have you seen God bring yourself or others back to God?
  17. How do we know whether or not we are becoming more like Christ? What does it look like?
  18. What does it look like to put our hope in Jesus?
  19. How would we know if we are putting our foundation in Christ?
  20. What does it look like for us to live out who we are in Christ – living stone, chosen race, royal priesthood, a holy nation, people for His own possession, God’s people, and having received mercy?
  21. What does it look like to have an identity in Christ no matter what occurs in my life?
  22. How do we do the work of the Christian life?
  23. How do we encourage each other in our identity of Christ as we engage with one another?
  24. How do we live our life in awe of the gift of mercy that we receive from Christ?
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