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