A New Temple, A New People
Topic: Expository Scripture: 1 Peter 2:4–2:10
The following study guide is to be used to discuss the Friday, May 17, 2019 sermon.
1 Peter 2:4-10
Introduction - Have you ever heard the expression “perception is reality?” In other words, the way people perceive things becomes a reality for them and affects the way they think and behave and respond. There’s some truth to that saying, even in the church. Because how we perceive the church and the reality of our Christian life. Do we see the church as an expression of our home culture? Or maybe we see the church as a spiritual shopping mall that provides services for Christians to use? Or maybe we perceive the church as a place to get a spiritual lift once a week so we can survive life in the world. But Peter gives us a very different way of viewing of the church, that will produce a very different reality in our lives. Peter reminds that the church is the new temple of God built on Jesus, and the new people of God gathered by Jesus.
READ 1 Peter 2:4-10
1. What Old Testament images does Peter use to describe the identity and role of the church and its relationship to Jesus? (verses 4-5)
APPLICATION: The temple and priesthood in the Old Testament were to be holy. How should our identity as the new temple and priesthood in Jesus affect how we live? In what ways could you grow in holiness?
2. Jesus is the living cornerstone rejected by men but established by God. What are the two responses to him? And what are the outcomes of each response? (verses 2:6-8)
APPLICATION: Do you believe that Jesus is the cornerstone laid by God and are you building your life on him?
APPLICATION: Jesus is the stone chosen by God but rejected by the world. How should this set our expectations as Christians?
3. Peter uses several phrases from the Old Testament in verses 9-10 to describe the church. Divide up the following verses among your life group. Look up your verse. To whom does this verse apply? What is the significance of applying this verse to the church in 1 Peter?
- Exodus 19:5-6
- Deuteronomy 7:6
- Deuteronomy 10:15
- Isaiah 43:20-21
- Hosea 1:8-10 and 2:23
APPLICATION: To what extent does ECC exemplify the titles given to the church in verses 9-10? To what extent does your life?
APPLICATION: How does “becoming a people” help us think about relationships in the local church?