Sunday “E.Q.U.I.P.” is an exercise meant to better equip us for corporate worship on Sunday evenings. We want to help you reflect on the sermon passages and familiarize yourself with the songs we’ll sing.
This week’s passage is 1 Peter 1:20-2:3 (from Pastor David).
E – Eyes to the passage. Read 1 Peter 1:20-2:3. As you have time, try reading Isaiah 40 and Psalm 34. Peter quotes Isaiah 40:6,8 and refers to Psalm 34:8.
Q – Questions for reflection.
- Look at 1 Peter 1:20. What is Peters point when he says that Jesus was foreknown? How are impacted after discovering the why behind Jesus’ coming?
2. Look at 1 Peter 1:21. In what way are we believers in God the Father through Jesus?
3. Look at 1 Peter 1:22. What truth did Peter’s audience become obedient to that resulted in their purification? What is God’s purpose in cleansing his people?
4. Look at 1 Peter 1:23. What is the hope for being able to love others the way God desires?
5. Look at 1 Peter 1:23-25. What is the specific word that brings new life? In what way is that word abiding?
6. Look at 1 Peter 2:1. How does understanding and trusting the gospel in greater depths push out unloving attitudes and behaviors?
7. Look at 1 Peter 2:2-3. In what way does Peter want his audience to act like infants? What does the milk do for the believer? How is God’s goodness experienced in the milk? How does weather or not someone has ever experienced God’s goodness affect the future longings for spiritual milk?
U – Unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:13; also 4:13).
How can we take this passage and use it to love one another, so that were knit together in love?
What does it mean to love others in a sincere, brotherly, earnest, and pure way (1 Peter 1:22)? Who do you struggle with loving like this? What area do you struggle the most in and why?
How does the new birth provide hope to you today in the midst of your failure to love others (1 Peter 2:23)?
Is there any malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, or slander in your heart or life that you need to repent of?
How does understanding the goodness of the Lord through the good news of the gospel help inspire love for others in your life?
I – Ignite for Christ.
What excellenices about Jesus ignite in us a greater love for Him that reaches out to make Him known?
Consider that your sin was so bad that it took the Son of God’s shed blood to satisfy God’s holy Justice on your behalf (1 Peter 1:18); Jesus purposed to die for your sake (1 Peter 1:20); Your souls have been purified through faith in the gospel (1 Peter 1:22); You have been born again through faith in the gospel (1 Peter 1:23); New birth has made loving others with Jesus’ love possible (1 Peter 1:23); The gospel will not ever become obsolete (1 Peter 1:23-25); You’ve tasted God’s goodness through the gospel (1 Peter 2:3).
P – Pray for transformation. Pray that we would have a greater experience of and longing for the gospel. Pray that we would put off unloving attitudes and actions and put on the love of God through Christ.