August 19, 2018
1 Peter 2: 18-25 • August 19, 2018 • Pastor Josh Kee
Passage: 1 Peter 2:18-25 Title: The Christian’s Response to Mistreatment Summary: How we respond to mistreatment reveals a lot about our faith in Christ. This week we will look at Peter’s exhortation for the exiled believers to endure mistreatment with faith, because of the example of Christ. Outline: I. Peter’s Exhortation to Endure Mistreatment (2:18-20) II. Christ’s Example as the Suffering Servant (2:21-23) III. The Christian’s True Freedom (2:24-25) Discussion Q’s: 1. How do you generally respond to mistreatment? 2. Read Isaiah 53. How does Isaiah describe Jesus? Write down or circle the words that describe his treatment. 3. How does Jesus mentor us in suffering? 4. Think for a moment and be honest...Do you think you deserve to be treated better than Jesus was? What would it look like for you to follow the footprints of Jesus in your suffering/ mistreatment? 5. How do you benefit from Christ’s suffering? 6. What situations are you currently in that require a shift in your perspective on suffering? 7. If the Christian calling is truly into suffering of some kind, is Christ worth following to you?
August 5, 2018
1 Peter 2:13–17 • August 5, 2018 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Passage: 1 Peter 2:13–17 Theme: Living Submissively We are commanded to submit to the authority structures established in this world. To whom (13–14)? All human authorities, especially those governing us Why (15)? This is God’s will to address the ignorance of this age. How (16)? We use our freedom to serve as God’s bondservants. Application (17): Give both peers and authority figures the honor they are due. Main Idea: God’s children are to use their freedom to good by living submissively with one another in whatever context they find themselves. Application Questions: • When you hear the command to submit to every human institution, what goes through your mind? What is submission? Why does it have such negative connotations today? How should Christians view submission? • Does v. 14 imply that Christians should do things that may be considered wrong if the governing authorities command it? Discuss your response. • How do we obey the command in verse 16 without turning the Christian life into a drudgery? • What can we do to practically live out verse 17?
July 29, 2018
1 Peter 2:11–12 • July 29, 2018 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Theme: EX2: Exemplary Exiles Passage: 1 Peter 2:11–12 1 Peter 2:11-12 calls us to exemplary living. Why: Who we are—foreigners and exiles (11a) How? Two ways in which we live as exemplary exiles: 1. Abstain from sinful fleshly/natural desires (11b). 2. Maintain right behavior (12a). For what purpose? In the end, those we live among will glorify God (12b). Main Idea: God’s children bring him glory by living lives consistent with his word and character. Application Questions: • What do the ideas of foreigner and exile communicate about us as Christians? • What are the fleshly desires that we are to abstain from? How are we to go about this according to verse 11? • How do we maintain right behavior (v. 12)? • In what ways may we as Christians be spoken evil of by this world? • What serves as the ultimate motivation for this call to exemplary living in this passage (12b)? How does this take place now, and how will this take place in the future?
July 22, 2018
1 Peter 2: 4-10 • July 22, 2018 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Passage: 1 Peter 2:4–10 Theme: God’s Building Project 1 Peter 2:4–10 describes two projects God is building: 1. God’s House (2:4–8) a. Jesus represents the foundational Stone upon which the house is built. i. Living ii. Rejected by people iii. Chosen and precious to God b. Those who come to Jesus are the stones God uses to build his house i. Purpose: to establish a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices to God. ii. Status: Honor despite the shame of this world. c. Those who reject Jesus stumble over the Living Stone. i. Result: They fall to their own destruction ii. Reason: They disobey the word; this is God’s will for those who reject Christ. 2. God’s People (2:9–10) a. Identity: chosen race; royal priesthood; holy nation; people of his own b. Purpose: God has chosen us to proclaim his actions towards us. c. Basis: God extends mercy to us sinners who believe in Jesus, the Living Stone. Application Questions: • According to 2:4–8, what elements compose God’s House? Who is included and why? Who is excluded and why? • How are those who come to Christ a priesthood? What does this priesthood mean. and what doesn’t it mean? • How do we offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God (2:5)? • Discuss the various elements that describe God’s people in v. 9. How are these encouraging to you? • In what ways have you been a recipient of God’s mercy (v. 10)?
July 15, 2018
1 Peter 1: 22 - 2:3 • July 15, 2018 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Passage: 1 Peter 1:22–2:3 Theme: Fostering True Community 1. Love one another fervently (1:22–25) a. … because you have been set apart to the obedience of truth b. … because you are new creation 2. Crave spiritual milk desperately (2:1–3) a. … by removing destructive relational behaviors b. … by taking in the goodness of God Main Idea: As believers, we foster true community by wholeheartedly loving one another and pursuing God. Application Questions: • What is meant by the phrase “the obedience of truth” in v. 22? • What should love for one another look like in the church community? • Why is the eternal nature of God’s word such a comfort for us that place our faith in it? • How does 2:1 serve as a hinge to both what precedes it in 1:22–25 and what follows it in 2:2–3? • Discuss how we go about craving the spiritual milk that is ours through the grace of God.
July 8, 2018
1 Peter 1:17–21 • July 8, 2018 • Pastor Josh Kee
Passage: 1 Peter 1:17-21 Title: Ransomed from Worthless Living Summary: These verses summarize Peter’s heart for his hearers: God is both Father and Judge, and those who have been rescued from sin’s curse through Christ’s sacrifice have been brought into the knowledge of God’s grace and judgment. This should inform everything about how we live our lives. We no longer dread God’s condemnation, because Christ has suffered death for us, and yet we live in the awareness that we will give an account for our lives. Outline: I. God is Father and Judge (v. 17) - God has made us his children by grace - God remains the Judge over humanity - Our deeds will be the objective evidence by which we are held accountable II. Rescued from Futility (vv. 18-19) - Our former ignorance doomed us to worthlessness - Apart from God’s work, we had no hope to live for what matters III. The Supreme Value of our Ransom (v. 19) - The Necessity of Christ’s blood - The Sufficiency of Christ’s blood - The Power of Christ’s blood IV. The Eternal Plan of God to Save Sinners (vv. 20-21) Application Q’s: 1. Are you confident that God is your Father? What images does that create in your mind? 2. Are you living in the awareness that you will give an account to God for your life? (See 2 Corinthians 5:10) What might need to change in light of this truth? 3. In what ways are you prone to live for futile/ empty/ worthless/ vain things? What do you hope these things will give you? 4. How precious is Jesus’s sacrifice to you? (The greater our awareness of our sinfulness, the greater our love for Christ’s redeeming work will be. “Great Sinners need a great Savior.”) 5. Are you trusting entirely on Christ’s work through his death and resurrection for your salvation? 6. Is God’s saving grace motivating your worship and your obedience? How can you meditate on this this week?
July 1st, 2018
1 Peter 1: 13-16 • July 1, 2018 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Passage: 1 Peter 1:13–16 Theme: Hope and Holiness In light of the grace and mercy God has lavished on us through the work of his Son Jesus, you need to respond in the following ways: 1. Completely place your hope on God’s grace (13). a. Action: Placing our trust in something that is assured to happen b. Object: God’s grace through Christ’s work c. How? i. By mental alertness ii. By self-control 2. Choose to be holy in every aspect of life. a. Stop making choices as you did before you were made right with God. b. Imitate the holy nature and characteristics of your heavenly Father. Main Idea: As God’s children, we must make decisions in life that align with God’s holy character rather than this world’s wisdom or what feels right to us. Application Questions: • Discuss the concept of placing hope in someone or something. What do we typically mean by hope? How does that differ from what Peter says here? • As Peter says that we are to set our hope on grace, how can this grace be understood as something that is past as well as future for us? • In what ways do you conform to and make choices in alignment with your desires from the past? • How do we obey Peter’s command to be holy as our God is holy?
June 24th, 2018
1 Peter 1:3-12 • June 24, 2018 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Passage: 1 Peter 1:3–12 Theme: Glorifying God for New Life Three things we should do in response to Peter’s doxology at the beginning of this letter: 1. We should praise God for what he gives us in our new life (3–5). a. A living hope b. A permanent inheritance 2. We should rejoice in the midst of sufferings that our new life brings (6–9) because… a. Suffering tests the genuineness of faith. b. Real faith results in salvation. 3. We should recognize the privileged position into which our new life places us (10–12). a. The OT prophets searched diligently into the salvation and sufferings of the Messiah. b. What they revealed confirms for us that Jesus is the Messiah. c. Our salvation privileges us above these prophets and even the angels. Main Idea: We can glorify God by joyously acknowledging his great plan of salvation for us even in the midst of suffering through the trials of life. Application Questions: • What does the concept of new birth conjure up in your mind? According to Peter in vv. 3–4, what two things does God give us with this new birth? What is meant by these? • How can we possibly rejoice and even experience joy as we go through the sufferings and trials of life? According to vv. 6–9, what do trials reveal in the life of the believer? How have you seen this revealed in your own experiences of suffering? • According to vv. 10–12, why do we stand in a privilege position in comparison with OT prophets and angels? Can you think of OT prophetic passages that spoke of the suffering of the Messiah? • How can we glorify God by joyously acknowledging his salvation? (List some ways)
June 17th, 2018
Happy Father's Day • June 17, 2018 • Paster Jack
This is Missions Sunday and won't be broadcasted to protect the Missionaries. We were encouraged from 2 Corinthians 4:1-4 to: 1) Not lose heart, 2) Proclaim the word of the gospel, and 3) Pray for the world. Our hope is God's power to rescue and redeem by his grace in Christ. He has "shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (v. 6). Rejoice in hope, be patient in trial, and be constant in prayer (Romans 12:12).