Sermon Study - 1 Peter 2:9-10
Sermon study for “A People to Proclaim God’s Glory” from 1 Peter 2:9-10. You can listen to the sermon here.
In these verses, Peter focuses on two important truths concerning the church. First, he reminds us of the church’s identity as God’s People. And then second, Peter reminds us of the church’s purpose as God’s People. Identity and purpose – that is Peter’s focus.
In many ways, these verses are the climax of the first section of Peter’s letter. This first section began back in chapter 1, verse 3, and it reaches it climax here in vv9-10 of chapter 2. It is not so much that Peter gives us new teaching in these verses as it is that he summarizes what he has been teaching throughout this opening section. He does this, I think, to create emphasis. Before we move on to the next section of the letter, what are the things we absolutely have to understand? Our identity and our purpose as God’s people. Those are the points that bring this first section of the letter to a climax.
For Further Study
Peter’s language in verses 9-10 recalls Isaiah 43. Read Isaiah 43 and answer the following questions:
- According to Isaiah 43, what is God’s purpose for Israel? See specifically verses 7 and 21.
- How does this help us understand the church’s people as God’s people?
In the sermon, we noted that our identity as God’s people owes entirely to God’s grace. Read the following Old Testament passages. How do you see God’s grace in those passages?
- Exodus 19:1-6
- Deuteronomy 7:1-11
For Personal Reflection
- In your own words, what does it mean to glorify God?
- Based on your answer above, what might that look like in your life? Think specifically about the relationships God has given you, as well as the contexts that he has placed you in.
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