A Life of Submission
• We are exiles –from the world –strangers
• But chosen by God
• Individual forging – chosen –justified –sanctified
• For a spiritual temple –individual and corporate forging –sanctifying
• Holiness is love that binds us together like mortar
o 1 Peter 2:11–12 (NIV)
o Galatians 6:14 (NIV)
o 1 Peter 2:9–10 (NIV)
• Remember Peters context – in jail –kicked out of Jerusalem and Rome
o 1 Peter 2:13–17 (NIV)
1st Submission/Humility–A characteristic of Holiness –
• Maturity is holiness –which equals love -which requires humility
• Submission before God leads to submission before Gods delegated authority
• External submission isn’t necessarily humility
• Balancing submission before God and others –nuances
• Are there conditions to submission?
Hesed is not an emotional response to beauty, merit, or kindness, but a moral attitude dedicated to another’s good, whether or not that other is lovable, worthy, or responsive
agapē, generally assumed to mean moral goodwill which proceeds from esteem, principle, or duty, rather than attraction or charm. Agapē means to love the undeserving, despite disappointment and rejection
Defined – Submission
• The condition of being submissive, humble, or compliant
• An act of submitting to the authority or control of another
Defined: Humility: freedom from pride or arrogance
• Freedom from freedom for
o 1 Peter 1:22 (NIV)
o Galatians 5:6 (NIV)
2nd Why should I submit? –
• Fear of submission – why fear? – people have been painful
• Out of reverence for Christ
• Because He set the example and asked us to
• Because of what He has done for us already
• Because He is faithful to do what He has promised
o Ephesians 5:21 (NIV)
o Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)
3rd What does humble submission get me
4th Submit where—In every sphere –
• Slaves and masters (servants and masters)
• Husbands and wives
• Later in the church sphere
Questions to discuss:
Passages 1 Peter 2:9-3:12
Ice Breaker: How much trouble did you get into in your school days? Explain.
Sermon Reflection – Share what challenged you in the sermon.
- Read 1 Peter 2:9-17. What stands out to you from this passage?
- In what ways is: doing good to impact those around you, even those who do not follow Jesus, and submitting to various authorities, part of your thinking?
- What does showing respect for others look like practically? Think about: In your home, in your neighborhood, in your workplace, in how you interact with businesses/ government & authorities/ social media?
- Read 1 Peter 2:18-25. What has been your experience with ‘suffer for doing good’? A) What has been your experience with growing in humility and submission to others?
- How does your relationship with Jesus, seeing yourself as part of a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, and a people belonging to God, affect how you do your job and relate to the society around you? (Note: we all have ‘jobs’. Some are paid; some are investments in those around us)
- What helps you remember this is who you are (1 Peter 2:9,10) as you interact with your community and people close to you?
- Read 1 Peter 3:1-12. This summer how would you like your relationships at home to be impacted by following Jesus, especially in the areas of humility and concern for others? (Think of what is your part.) A) What steps do you need to take to stay connected and growing this summer?
Preparation for Next week: Focus for next week is 1 Peter 3:13 – 1 Peter 4.