1 Peter Bible Study – Week 3

Christian Identity in a Hostile Society – Part 2 – (2:1-10)


Welcome to Week 3 of your 1 Peter Bible Study.

Last week, we looked at the closing verses of Chapter 1, where the apostle Peter began to lay out some important characteristics of our Christian identity.

This week, we want to continue building on this theme by taking a closer look at 1 Peter 2:1-10.

In this section, the apostle Peter continues exhorting his audience to conduct themselves in a certain way.

Towards the end, however, he provides the divine basis for this conduct: we are God’s chosen, holy and royal nation.  We are also a kingdom of priests.

These are lofty titles which represent the core of our Christian identity.  In addition, they represent the ground for a totally transformed life and lifestyle.

Let’s dive in to see what this week’s lesson has to say to us.

You Are a Holy Nation

Read 1 Peter 2:1-3

Questions to reflect on the passage

  1. Read the list of “vices” in 2:1.  How would you define each one?  What are some patterns or “types” of vices within the list?
  2. Why would Peter describe God’s word as “pure milk?”  How is this “milk” connected to verse 2:1?

Questions to reflect on your life

  1. Read the list of “vices” in 2:1.  Have you been the recipient of any of these from others?  Describe.
  2. Which one of these vices (if any) represents your biggest challenge at the moment?  What are you doing to overcome this weakness in your life?

Read 1 Peter 2:4-10

Questions to reflect on the passage

  1. In verses 2:4-5, How does Peter use the metaphor of a stone to describe his audience?
  2. In verses 2:6-8, How does Peter use the metaphor of a stone to describe Jesus?
  3. In verses 2:9-10, Peter lists a host of descriptions for the church.  What is the biblical background for these descriptions?
  4. Why did God call out his people according to verse 2:9?

Questions to reflect on your life

  1. In verse 2:5, Peter uses the metaphor of a spiritual house (temple) and a holy priesthood to describe the church.  What do these descriptions say about you as a Christian and about the church as a whole?  How do they motivate you in your walk with the Lord?
  2. In verses 2:6-8, Peter describes Jesus either as a precious cornerstone of a spiritual house or as a stumbling block?  Describe the type of person that would experience Jesus in these varied ways?
  3. In verses 2:9-10, Peter uses terms for the ancient people of God (Israel) to describe Christians: Why would he do that? How do these corporate descriptions fit with how you view the church and your involvement in it? Which corporate description must the church appropriate more of these days.