What is the Purpose of Our Calling?

Read 1 Peter 2:4-10. This passage uses Old Testament imagery to tell the church what is the identity and purpose of our calling.

As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
    a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,

“The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone,”[a]

and

“A stone of stumbling,
    and a rock of offense.”

They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

The major identifiers of the call of Christ on the church are that we are found in verse 9. One of those identifiers is that we are a holy nation. Watch this video from the Bible Project as a really good explanation of the concept of holiness.

Discussion Questions

  • How does God’s holiness reflect on us?
  • How does the church view Jesus in a fundamentally different light than those who are not the church?
  • What is the relationship between Christ and the church?
  • What makes a person a part of the church?
  • Which of the identifiers in 1 Peter 2:9 stands out to you the most?
  • Do you think American Christians underestimate the collective identity that God has given to believers together, not simply as individuals?
  • What is one action you can take this week that will “proclaim the excellencies” of God?

Prayer Time

Engage in a time of prayer for one another. Make sure that every individual prayer request is prayed for by another individual in the group.

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