April 30, 2023

The Subversive Submission of Elect Exiles

Passage: 1 Peter 2:18-25

Pastor Phill preaches this Sunday (April 30, 2023) on 1 Peter 2:18-25. The big idea this week is that Jesus Christ solves the problem of slavery, suffering, and sin. By becoming a slave himself, Jesus endured suffering and carried our sin on the cross. We can endure in our suffering today by looking to the Christ who saved us from our sin.

Scripture Readings:

  • Isaiah 53:1-12 (1st Scripture Reading)
  • Colossians 3:18-25 (2nd Scripture Reading)
  • Hebrews 13:20-21 (Benediction)

Discussion Questions:

  1. How have you thought about how the Bible addresses slavery? Suffering? Or sin? What do other passages say?
  2. How does this passage point us to Jesus?
  3. How does Jesus becoming a slave, suffering, and taking our sin impact our view of Christ and our interactions with Him?
  4. What does 1 Cor 7 and Exodus help us further understand this passage? What kind of slavery are they talking about? How do these passages help us understand what Peter is saying?
  5. What does this passage teach us on how slaves are to engage with their masters? What does this passage teach us on how we should respond as slaves?
  6. What does the context of this passage help us better understand what this passage says about slavery?
  7. How does Jesus becoming a slave for us impact our daily lives in how we live?
  8. How does someone becoming a slave for you impact how we live our lives?
  9. How does the glory of Christ help us with engaging with slavery and suffering?
  10. How are we to respond to suffering that is not a result of sin? How does it impact our daily lives?
  11. How are we to respond to people who are suffering? How does the book of Job help us further understand this passage on how to respond to those that are suffering?
  12. How do we endure suffering? How do we live our lives honoring Christ in the midst of suffering?
  13. How do we determine whether or not our suffering is a result of sin or not?
  14. How does Isaiah 53 help us understand 1 Peter better? How does Isaiah 53 help us better understand who Christ is and what He did?
  15. What is the purpose of 1 Peter using Isaiah 53 to help us understand who we are and what we are to do as Christians?
  16. How does the benefits of freedom from Christ help us with our battle with sin?
  17. What do you think contributes to us not looking to Christ when we sin?
  18. How does 1 Peter teach us how we are to confess our sins to God?
  19. How does Christ’s justice and entrusting ourselves to him help with our struggle with injustice?
  20. How does 2 Cor 5:21 help us better understand this passage and better understand Christ?
  21. What contributes to us carrying around the burdens of sin and not giving to Christ? What keeps us from bringing them?
  22. How does forgiveness help us be like Christ and know Christ more?
  23. How does the Holy Spirit help us with the battle of sin?
  24. What contributes to us forgetting the beauty of what Christ has done on the cross and Christ rising again?
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