Life Group Questions – 2/12

Different – A Study through 1 Peter

Read: 1 Peter 1:22-2:10

22 Since you have purified yourselves by your obedience to the truth, so that you show sincere brotherly love for each other, from a pure heart love one another constantly, 23 because you have been born again—not of perishable seed but of imperishable—through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like a flower of the grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, 25 but the word of the Lord endures forever. And this word is the gospel that was proclaimed to you.

Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander. Like newborn infants, desire the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow up into your salvation, if you have tasted that the Lord is good. As you come to him, a living stone—rejected by people but chosen and honored by God— you yourselves, as living stones, a spiritual house, are being built to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture: See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and honored cornerstone, and the one who believes in him will never be put to shame.So honor will come to you who believe; but for the unbelieving, The stone that the builders rejected—
this one has become the cornerstone,and A stone to stumble over, and a rock to trip over. They stumble because they disobey the word; they were destined for this. 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.

Transformation Questions: 

  • How can we show sincere brotherly love to one another?
  • Why is God’s Word so important in the growth of a Christian?
  • What are the qualities of God’s Word that Peter gives us in this section? What makes each of these qualities important?
  • Why does Scripture tell us that Jesus is our cornerstone? How does that work itself out in our lives?
  • Peter quotes from the Old Testament repeatedly in this passage. Of the 1800 verses that record Jesus’ words, 180 are quotes from the Bible! How can we saturate our lives with God’s Word in a similar way?
  • What are some of the ways that Peter describes us in verses 9-10? What is significant about each of these descriptions?
  • Our activity for God should flow out of an understanding of our identity. How does identity influence activity in different areas of our lives?
  • How have we received mercy? What should we do with this truth?