1 Peter 2:4–12 (NIV)
1. This week –Chosen for a Royal priesthood –Gods plan from the beginning
Exodus 19:3–6 (NIV)
Isaiah 49:6 (NIV) — 6 he says: “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”
The priesthood in the Old Testament
You and I are called to be priests – Job title – we have others –disciples and disciple makers
2. What does a priest do
A. We are ambassadors –messengers –and the King sets the terms for the job
2 Corinthians 5:16–21 (NIV)
B. We are teachers
Matthew 28:19–20 (NIV) — 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Hebrews 5:12–13 (NIV) Ephesians 4:11–12 (NIV) 2 Timothy 2:15 (NIV)
Matthew 10:16 (NIV) — 16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
C. We intercede for believers and unbelievers
Luke 23:34 (NIV) — 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
Philippians 3:18 (NIV) — 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.
Colossians 4:3 (NIV) — 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.
3. How we do our job in the different spheres –we walk in the tension of being among and separate (verse 11)
Matthew 5:13–14 (NIV) 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV) 2 Peter 1:3–10 (NIV)
1 Peter 1:6–9 (NIV)
For Small Group Discussion:
Opening Question: What’s your favorite piece of clothing or thing to wear? Why?
Main Point: As God’s chosen people, we are set apart by Christ and we should reflect Christ to the world.
Read/Tell the Story: Exodus 19:3-6, 28:1-5; Colossians 3:5-17 Questions:
Supporting Scripture: 1 Peter 2:9-10, Psalms 4:3, Romans 1:1