One of the principles of the wilderness treks that I have led is that we approach our treks as a team sport, and by that I mean that we do all things mindful of one another. We hike together, staying within sight of one another and going only as fast as the slowest person; we set up camp together, and cook and eat together. Treks are an exercise in learning to love and serve one another. We bear each other's burdens and encourage one another.
As you well know, Jesus sets a priority on loving one another (John 13:34-35; 17:20-23). In our test last week, I Peter 2:17, Peter summed up our duty with the commands to "Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the Emperor." There is to be a unique love for one another, for those who are family in Christ. Today's text will focus our attention on that and challenge us with making some very practical applications.
Read I Peter 1:22-2:3 and use the questions listed below to help you think through this text.
- In what sense have our souls been purified, and how does that happen (v. 22)? Consider John 15:3.
- What does Peter say is the result of our obedience to the truth (v. 22)?
- What is the command or verse 22?
- How is it possible that we fulfill the command of verse 22 (v. 23)?
- We were all born at one time of perishable seed. What are the implications of being born again by the imperishable seed of the word God?
- What do we learn here about the Word of God, verses 23-25?
- What do we learn about the nature of man in verse 24?
- Why might this be an encouragement to those who lived in the first century under the rule of Emperor Nero?
- List and define the vices listed in 2:1
- How do you think these vices affect the command to love one another?
- How have you seen these vices impact the fellowship of a local church?
- Which one do you need to address?
- In verse 2 Peter says, "Like newborn infants." What is the point of this metaphor? What does Peter want us to do?
- What is themeans for maturing in our salvation (v. 2)?
- What metaphor would you use to describe your current attitude towards the "pure spiritual milk" of the Word of God?
- What is the motive for growing in our salvation (v. 3)?
- Why do you think it is so vitally important to Peter and our Lord that those of us who have been chosen by God out of this world to live as sojourners in the world should "love one another earnestly from a pure heart"? How are you doing with that?
God be with you, and see you on Sunday, Lord willing!