1 Peter Week 2: Who we are as children of God

1 Peter Week 2: Who we are as children of God

Here is the next in our series of “Talk Notes.” Really don’t know if these are useful or not, but I often am looking for someone to give me a rough outline so this might work that for you. This is the second in our series on 1 Peter. We are just doing 3 lessons grand total so we won’t be covering the whole book. I wanted to add a zip file of the slides I used, but I couldn’t get them to upload. For the “new name” bit I found a picture of a geek, a sad girl, a sad dog, an ugly goat, and a kid. 

Who we are as children of God

So we are in the middle of a quick look through 1 Peter. We looked last week about how this was a letter written or the churches of Asia Minor. We are assuming that Peter is at Rome at the time of this writing and he sends the letter here

Show the slide of Asia Minor

Since he addressed it to all of these different churches we assume that it was a circular letter that moved from place to place being read by the churches that were there.

So last week we looked at chapter 1 and how we are supposed to live holy lives, and how that holiness is motivated by Jesus’ love for us. We are going to look at tonight what your new name really is once you become a Christian and then we are going to look at what it means that God calls you his people and how we need to pursue God in light of all of this other stuff.

We are going to start by reading 1 Peter 2:1-10

1 Peter 2:1–10 (HCSB)

So rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, desire the pure spiritual milk, so that you may grow by it for your salvation, 3 since you have tasted that the Lord is good. 4 Coming to Him, a living stone—rejected by men but chosen and valuable to God— 5 you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house for a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it is contained in Scripture:
Look! I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and honored cornerstone,
and the one who believes in Him
will never be put to shame!
7 So honor will come to you who believe, but for the unbelieving,
The stone that the builders rejected—
this One has become the cornerstone,
8 and
A stone to stumble over,
and a rock to trip over.
They stumble because they disobey the message; they were destined for this.
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, a people for His possession,
so that you may proclaim the praises
of the One who called you out of darkness
into His marvelous light.
10 Once you were not a people,
but now you are God’s people;
you had not received mercy,
but now you have received mercy.

Now I think there are 3 big concepts here and I am going to take them in reverse order of how they are presented because it makes a little bit more sense when you look at it this way.

First things first let’s take a look at who we are.

We who were far away have been brought close.

Let’s look at verse 10. This language is actually echoing a story that happened in the old testament it is from the story of Hosea and Gomer. God tells Hosea to marry an adulterous woman and after Hosea does this Gomer has two children who get some pretty terrible names.

Hosea 1:6 (HCSB)
6 She conceived again and gave birth to a daughter, and the Lord said to him:
Name her No Compassion,
for I will no longer have compassion
on the house of Israel.
I will certainly take them away.

 

Hosea 1:8–9 (HCSB)
8 After Gomer had weaned No Compassion, she conceived and gave birth to a son. 9 Then the Lord said:
Name him Not My People,
for you are not My people,
and I will not be your God.

So God calls these two kids No Compassion or No Mercy and Not my people.

How would you like to go through life with those names?

What do you think would be a terrible name that people could name someone today that would speak to our country? Let them come up with a few names. Here are two of my suggestions: Hello this is my son “Everyone’s Racist” and my Daughter “Greedy Rich People”

The reason why he gives them these names is because He wants Israel to know that because of her sin God is turning his back on them and is going to give them over to their enemies. Hosea uses their names as a way of saying what God is going to do. Then through the old and new testament these names are echoed again and again.

The reason why these names come up isn’t because Hosea is weird and naming his kids weird things. The reason why these come up is because of what else Hosea says. Hosea doesn’t stop by saying that God’s people will be driven away. He says that God will call them not my people but eventually God will call them back and will restore their name.

Hosea 2:23 (HCSB)
23 I will sow her in the land for Myself,
and I will have compassion
on No Compassion;
I will say to Not My People:
You are My people,
and he will say, “You are My God.”
Those who were not my people will become my people.

So now we see that same idea here in 1 Peter. You who were once not a people are now God’s people. And you who didn’t have mercy before now have mercy. God has changed the label of these people.

Remember last week how in the video it showed the people getting a new label. Well, this is what happens. God takes those who are on the outside, those who are orphans, who are sinners, who are enemies and he makes them his children. God takes those who are not his people and gives them a new name.

It is amazing how much a new name changes things:

Show a collection of pictures and have people write up different names for them. (see zip file)

So you who were away from God are pulled close to God and given a new name. What is the name that you are given (look back at verse 9)

9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, a people for His possession,
so that you may proclaim the praises
of the One who called you out of darkness
into His marvelous light.

What do you think it means that we are a chosen race?

Remember that Peter is talking to a mainly gentile audience so he is taking the language that is used to talk about Israel and is now applying it to all Christians.

What does you think it means that we are a royal priesthood? Why Royal? What’s the priest part?

This has two big ideas. One as priest we have access to God and as priest we are to be be the conduits of God in our world. But not only are we priest, but we are royal priests. We are members of the royal family who are tasked with being a vessel for taking the message and love of God to the nations.

What do you think it means that we are a holy nation?

God has called us to be holy so we are supposed to be set apart from the world, And here is the one that I really like. We are a people for His possession. We belong to God. Whatever else happens we are his. So we who were far away have been brought close

We who were useless are made important

1 Peter 2:4

Coming to Him, a living stone—rejected by men but chosen and valuable to God— 5 you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house for a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

 

We have become living stones being built into the temple of God. Now we are all the temple of God, but this is talking specifically about the new nation that God is creating in Christianity. We are being built into a spiritual house.

All of us have become part of this house. We have become stones that make up the wall.

Let’s build some walls and then pull one stone out. (Give groups of students sugar cubes and let them build small walls. Then pull some of the cubes out and see if the wall falls down. )

It makes the wall weaker, and if you pull out enough the wall will crumble

We are valuable because we have been called by God. Each piece of the wall is important, and we are being built into a living wall that God is using to take his message around the world. You may have been rejected, thrown down, put out, or just ignored, but you are a living stone and you are important. You who were useless have been made important.

That leads us to the last thing.

Because you are brought close and made valuable

We need to live up to our calling.

1 Peter 2:1-3 So rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, desire the pure spiritual milk, so that you may grow by it for your salvation, 3 since you have tasted that the Lord is good.

So you need to get the sin out. The list of sins that Peter lists here is important because each of these sins tears at the fabric of the community. If we are being built into a living wall. These are sins that weaken the wall.

Let’s walk through these a bit. What is malice? (Ill will towards one another. It is easy to see how )

What is deceit? Lying to others breaks down the fabric of community

How about Hypocrisy? Like lying putting on a false face destroys trust and makes others feel like they can’t live up to what you are projecting.

Envy? Envy is the opposite of love. Envy hopes for others to get less so that you can feel better.

Slander? (Nothing destroys community faster than talking bad about people. Slander will weaken the wall that we are building.)

Each of these are things that people deal with that we need to remove and then we need to crave spiritual milk so that we can grow. We can’t be simply who we have been. We can’t rest on remembering a time in the past when we were spiritual.

We must continue to grow.

You were far away and then you were brought close. You were useless and were made valuable, so you need to continue to grow into this calling of God. It is because we have tasted and seen that God is good that we are able to continually grow into his image.

Pray

Files

Youth Group Lesson Plan: Gross, Weird, True

Youth Group Lesson Plan: Gross, Weird, True

Download Gross, Weird, True Complete (ZIP)

Download Gross, Weird, True Non-Editable (ZIP) (Does not include Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign files)

Download Gross, Weird, True Lessons (PDF) 

Gross, Weird, True is a 4-week youth group Bible study that looks at some of the strange stories and commands in the Bible. It includes instructions on how to incorporate the 60-second games from NBC’s “Minute to Win It.” Included in this download is the complete leader guide; small groups discussion questions for each session; a screen quiz about strange things in the Bible; series art; promotional material; student handouts; a 60-second countdown timer; the original Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign files; and pretty much anything I could think of having to do with this study.

Session 1: Remove the Poop
Deuteronomy 23:12-4; 1 Peter 1:13-16
A look at one of the stranger rules of God from the old testament examining what it teaches us about God’s holiness.

Session 2: Death by Dishonor
Genesis 9:18-29; 2 Kings 2:23-24; Deuteronomy 21:18-20
Starting with the story of Noah naked in his tent and continuing through Elisha cursing youths with a bear to God’s promise in the 10 commandments this lesson takes a look at honoring your parents. 

Session 3: Strong Man’s Weakness
Judges 13-16
A look at some of the stranger events that took place in the life of Samson. This lesson is small group based with students answering questions and reporting back to the group. The overall focus of the lesson is to be controlled by God instead of by our emotions. 

Session 4: The Prophet/Prostitute Wedding 
Hosea 1-3
Is there anything stranger than God commanding Hosea to go and get an adulterous wife? This session wraps up our weird study with a reminder that God wants us to be holy and that he will go to great lengths to help us to become like Him.