Grace Group Discussion Questions on 1 Peter 1:1-2
1 Peter 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.
- Why do you think that Peter used terms to describe New Covenant believers even though they formerly identified Israel?
- Discuss what is entailed in the term ‘exile’ and how this concept creates the discipline of not making this world the ultimate thing in our lives?
- Discuss what is entailed in the term ‘dispersion’ and how this concept presents the challenge of dwelling among the nations?
- If the gospel is the driving force of our lives, then why will it drive us at times to isolate from certain aspects of the world we live in but at the same time drive us to engage the world we live in.
- Why will be never be fully isolated from society nor fully engaged in society if the gospel is the driving force of our lives?
- What are the deficiencies in some of the approaches that believers take in relating to the world in which they live
- Separatist – how far away can I get from the culture in which I live?
- Antagonist – at what points do I attack the culture in which I live?
- Theonomist – how can I dominate the culture in which I live?
- Relativist – how can I fit into the culture in which I live?
- Evangelist – how can I save the culture in which I live?
- Survivalist – how can I survive in the culture in which I live
- Discuss what is entailed in the term ‘elect’ and how this concept establishes our primary identity?
- Why is it important to know the following: The primary identity that determines how we live in a non-Christian world has nothing to do with nature, nurture, it is brought about by divine choice which results in our alien status in this world.
- What does being ‘elect by the foreknowledge’ of God’ say about the establishing of our identity?
- What does ‘through sanctification of the Spirit’ say about the establishing of our identity?
- In what ways is this sanctifying work of the Spirit radical, supernatural, and holy?
- What does ‘unto (because of) ‘obedience and sprinkling of the blood’ say about the establishing of our identity?
- In what sense are the status of ‘exile’ and ‘dispersed’ brought about by election?
- Why should knowing – ‘the tension’ that exists in living as a Christian in a non-Christian world came about because we are being transformed’ – help us to live humbly and respectfully in the world?
- How does grasping your primary identity in Christ affect you as you relate to God, to yourself, to others, and to the world in which you live?