1 peter 2:4-10 NLT
You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor.
And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. As the Scriptures say,
“I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem,
chosen for great honor,
and anyone who trusts in him
will never be disgraced.”
Yes, you who trust him recognize the honor God has given him. But for those who reject him,
“The stone that the builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.”
“He is the stone that makes people stumble,
the rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them.
But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
“Once you had no identity as a people;
now you are God’s people.
Once you received no mercy;
now you have received God’s mercy.”
Reflect on the Passage
Take a moment to read through the passage slowly. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you through it.
Is there a word or phrase that God is drawing to your attention? What is He saying to you through this text?
Engage with the Message
· What stood out to you from the Scripture passage and/or this week's message?
· In what ways is God challenging you and/or encouraging you through the message?
· Peter describes Jesus as the living cornerstone of God’s temple, the Church. The cornerstone carries the weight of a structure and acts as the reference point for the entire building. In our culture, what kind of “cornerstones” do you see people building their lives around? In other words, what values or priorities tend shape the way people live? What kind of impact does this have in their lives and in our communities?
· What "cornerstone" are you building your life on? What values or priorities are shaping the way you live? Practically speaking, why is it often such a challenge for us to live with Christ as our cornerstone, and how can we do this practically?
· Peter speaks once again about identity in this passage. He tells his readers that they are a chosen people, royal priests, a holy nation, and God’s very own possession. He says,“Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people." Why do you think Peter is so concerned with the issue of our identity? Where do you find your identity? How do Peter's words here impact the way you see yourself and others?
· In the message, Pastor Jeff spoke about the tendency for the Evangelical Church to emphasize "truth" as the foundation upon which everything else rests. In Scripture, however, Christianity is built on the foundation of grace that comes through Jesus Christ. We can only understand truth when we have received God's grace. Why is it so important to keep grace at the foundation of how we understand and live our faith?