October 15, 20130 comments
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:
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?
For Personal Reflection