Topic: Expository Scripture: 1 Peter 2:11–2:17
The following study guide is to be used to discuss the Friday, May 24, 2019 sermon.
1 Peter 2:11-17
Introduction - Following Jesus puts us in a politically difficult situation. On the one hand, we are no longer citizens of this world. We obey king Jesus and are citizens of the kingdom of God, and so we are free from the power of this world. And yet, we still live in this world, and must still navigate its laws, customs and authorities. To make the situation even more complex, earthly authorities and societies are often hostile to our faith in different ways. How do citizens of the kingdom of God respond to authority structures of the kingdoms of this world?
READ 1 Peter 2:11-17
1. We have been saved from our sins, and yet the battle against sin remains. How should our “expat” status as Christians affect our battle against sin? (verse 11)
APPLICATION: What particular sinful desires or tendencies do you find waging war against your soul? Take time in your life group to pray for one another to have power to abstain from fulfilling those sinful impulses.
2. Christians not only face an internal battle against sinful temptation, but also external pressure from a hostile culture. How are Christians to respond and why? (verse 12)
APPLICATION: Has there been a time when you’ve been slandered or attacked by people in your context—family, school, work, society—because of your Christian beliefs or practice? Are you facing such a situation right now?
3. We live under the authority of Jesus. How then should we respond to earthly authorities? And why? (verses 13-17)
APPLICATION: What are some ways that we can submit to the authorities here in Abu Dhabi?
APPLICATION: Are there any circumstances in which we should disobey earthly authorities? Can you think of any biblical texts that support your answer?