On Sunday, June 21 at Wildwood Community Church, I preached a message from 1 Peter 2:1-10. This message was part 3 in the series “True Grace.” Below are a list of questions for personal or group reflection based on this message.
- Read 1 Peter 2:4-10
- What are some buildings you have seen before in your life that told you that something was important? Have you ever discredited a business before because they did not have uniformed staff or a facility to meet in?
- In the first century, Gentile Christians did not have a temple or church building to worship in, fancy leadership, or a track record of public support. What do you think it would have been like to be a follower of Christ in that day? How would it be different than your experience following Christ today?
- The significance of the church is found by its connection to “Him” (Jesus Christ). In 2:4, He is described as the living stone. Why do you think Peter describes Jesus in this way here?
- Though the world rejects Jesus, God chooses and values Him and has made Him the cornerstone in His new Temple. What do you think Peter meant when He described Jesus as the “cornerstone”?
- Many people throughout history have rejected Christ and “tripped” on Him. What are some of the reasons you have heard before about why people reject Jesus Christ? Are you currently rejecting Christ? What is tripping you up about Him and His claims?
- For those who do not reject Jesus, but come to Him in faith, He honors and does not disappoint. What are some of the ways in which Jesus blesses the church according to this passage?
- Of this list of blessings, which is most significant to you right now?
- Do you regularly make “pilgrimages” to the “new temple” in order to worship God with the other “stones”/people? What would you need to change in your life to make regular worship and fellowship more a part of your life?
To access the entire 1 Peter “True Grace” study, click here.