Going Deeper – 1 Peter 2:21-24

Title and Text: “Leaving You an Example” – 1 Peter 2:21-24

Connect:

  • What thoughts/feelings do you have about Jesus’ sufferings?  We often speak of the purpose of his death; but what purpose is there to the brutal and intense suffering he endured leading up to his death?

Cultivate:

  • We commonly think of Jesus’ suffering/death as done for our future salvation, but Peter puts emphasis on their impact for our present sanctification: it is an example for us to follow (v 21).  How does this shift in thinking impact the way we interpret the story of Jesus’ passion?
  • When have you been afraid to tell the truth about your faith or to live your faith before others?  How can Jesus’ example of fearless honesty inspire you (v 22)?
  • When are you tempted to resort to retaliation against those who hurt you?  How can Jesus’ example of uncommon kindness guide you (v 23a)?
  • Have you thought of the Christian life as a one-time decision?  If we conceive of discipleship instead as moment-by-moment surrender, how would this impact our lives?
  • In what aspects of your life (or to what people) have you been challenged to show love through sacrifice?  How can Jesus’ example of sacrificial love empower you?

Commission:

  • Jesus made it clear that the shape of the Christian life is cruciform in his invitation to discipleship: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).  If we truly accept this invitation and walk the way of the cross what will our lives look like?
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