New Series Alert!! Basically, I did a bible study towards the end of last year (2016) off my own back. I was down in the dumps and just wanted to read something encouraging. This was my first time reading and making full notes for a whole book, and the impact it had was massive, I’m still living in the fruit of the things I learnt through this study, so I figured it could help other young people that are down or feeling stagnant or just don’t know exactly what to read.
We’re gonna post them weekly till the book finishes, and I started with 1 & 2 Peter, but if anyone has any suggestions for what they want studied (go easy, no Revelations just yet please), then leave a comment! Also, I highly recommend you read this with a Bible open, so you actually know what I’m talking about. Otherwise, I could be saying anything. Without further ado, here’s the first edition of #YoungPersonsGuide!
1 Peter 2
Continuation: Verse 1-3
- Like new born babies, we need a pure diet, not only to grow, but to survive. We must be able to differentiate between good and bad and get rid of the bad completely. If you can’t differentiate, read the Bible and learn how to.
The Living Stone & A Chosen People: Verse 4-12
- We are being built, so we are a work in progress. The Word, the living Stone, is at work in us, and we must allow it to grow. Houses aren’t built in a day, but take hard work and construction, and it’s the same here. (v. 4-6)
- This stone that is cause for our growth is a ‘stumbling block’ to those who aren’t in faith. So the more you grow, the more they stumble because there’s more stones. But Peter is also saying that they stumble because the message isn’t for them. It’s foreign and therefore wrong to them*. Thankfully, we do not know who ‘them’ is, so we must still live as witness to everyone. (v. 7-9)
In the same way, don’t be surprised when people are hostile towards us living different. You see the way we treat and speak about immigrants, well we are foreigners to this world. Until the Lord calls people, He’s foreign to them. We have to stay on our witness cause God might be trying to call particular people through us.
- We were rescued from the darkness, leave it alone! Live differently, as Jesus did, so that even though we stick out we can still be known for the love that we show and the joy and content we have in our faith. (v. 9-12)
Submission to Rulers & Masters: Verse 13-25
- Every authority (Including Trump*) are sent to their position by God. He is in control so honour His decision by following the law and having a Spirit of obedience. Remember, we serve God, not man, so we must trust in His plan for our times, it’s in His hands so it will all go good in the end. (v. 13-15)
*Don’t be short sighted so you don’t get caught up in the worry and sensationalism that comes from politics and media. Yes, Trump is dangerous but keep the whole perspective, and look at what his presidency has done for our political awareness and unity of groups against discrimination. Good comes when bad is visible, so trust God’s reasoning for putting people in power.
- Serving God is complete freedom. We have the freedom to do whatever, but there are consequences and there is only true joy in the freedom from death, which only Christ brings.
“Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover up for evil; live as servants of God” – 1 Peter 2:16
- We must decide to do good at all times because we are servants of God, and we must represent correct. Don’t give anyone anything to talk about, hence obey the law and government. (v. 15)
- Keeping our eyes on the prize and perspective is key through sufferings. There is nothing righteous about a criminal being punished, but when the righteous are punished they are commended by God*. Jesus is our model for this, so we must follow. (v. 16-25)
*As Christians, we’re always gonna be under attack in some way, shape or form. Just because you’re facing unfair punishment doesn’t give you an excuse to do something wrong. Just because people are expecting and wanting you to slip up, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to stay on your feet. Just because you’re forgiven for your slip ups doesn’t mean you should take them lightly. Evil is evil, sin is sin, and being comfortable in slip ups is being a hypocrite.
- Continue to grow. With growth comes difference, but keep going.
- Keep perspective and know who’s in control. Keep your head and represent.