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Copr. 1997, Bruce N. Cameron, J.D.

LESSON 6 - GOD'S SHOWCASE (1 PETER 2:1-10)

INTRODUCTION: THIS WEEK WE STUDY 1 PETER 2:1-10.  THANK GREG.
UNEXPECTEDLY GONE.

I. LETS REVIEW:

     A. LAST WEEK PETER STARTED OUT WITH HIS FIRST CONCLUSION,
(v.13) "THEREFORE,"--
      GIRD UP THE LOINS OF YOUR MIND" 
     
(PREPARE YOUR MIND FOR ACTION) (I LOVE THAT WORD PICTURE: HIKE UP
THE SKIRT OF YOUR MIND, AND GET READY TO RUN.)

     B. PETER ENDED LAST WEEK BY REMINDING US THAT WE ARE BORN
AGAIN, AND THAT NEW BIRTH IS OUR ONLY HOPE OF ESCAPING BEING A
FLASH IN THE PAN--JUST LIKE THE FLOWERS AND GRASS WHO ARE ONLY HERE
FOR THE SUMMER.

     C. AND THAT BRINGS US THIS WEEK TO HIS SECOND MAJOR
CONCLUSION: "THEREFORE"--

II. ATTITUDES

     A. LETS READ THEREFORE WHAT: 2:1
     
     B. WHAT ABOUT THESE SINS?  AS YOU CONSIDER THEM, DO THEY HAVE
ANYTHING IN COMMON?  
     C. YOU KNOW, LIKE THE OLD GRADE SCHOOL TESTS, YOU HAVE A
CARROT, BEAN, CORN COB AND POTATO, AND THEY ASK YOU, "WHAT DO THEY
HAVE IN COMMON?"  

     D. WHAT DO THESE SINS HAVE IN COMMON? (THIS IS INTERPERSONAL
STUFF AND ATTITUDES OF THE MIND.  NOT ABOUT OUR RELATIONSHIP TO
GOD BECAUSE WE CANNOT DECEIVE OR BE A HYPOCRITE WITH HIM.  AND NOT
PHYSICAL SINS LIKE KILLING, STEALING, ETC.)

     E. PETER SAYS, "RID YOURSELF OF THESE SINS."  
          1. CAN WE DO THAT?  
          2. ESPECIALLY ATTITUDES OF THE MIND?  

(IT GOES BACK TO 1:22 & 23, WHERE HE SAYS THAT WE PURIFY OURSELVES
AND CAUSE OURSELVES TO LOVE BY OBEDIENCE AND WE ARE BORN AGAIN BY
THE WORD OF GOD.)

     F.  LETS LOOK AT THE NATURE OF A COUPLE OF THESE SINS MORE
     CLOSELY:

          1. MALICE.  WHAT IS MALICE? 
          
(AN INTENT TO INJURE ANOTHER. THE GREEK MEANS "VICIOUS CHARACTER."
Strong's # 2549 kakia (kak-ee'-ah);

          2. DECEIT WOULD SEEM PRETTY STRAIGHTFORWARD, BUT THIS
WORD IN THE GREEK IS Strong's # 1388 dolos (dol'-os); (probably
meant to decoy; a trick (bait), OUR LESSON SUGGESTS "FISH BAIT."

          3. WHAT IS MEANT WHEN WE ARE TOLD TO RID OURSELVES OF
FISH BAIT? 

(I'M NOT SURE IF IT MEANS TO STAY AWAY FROM EVIL, ATTRACTIVE THINGS
(SO WE WILL NOT BE CAUGHT); OR WHETHER IT MEANS THAT WE SHOULD NOT
ATTRACT OTHERS TO EVIL.)

     G.IF IT MEANS ATTRACT OTHERS TO EVIL, THAT IS SOMETHING THAT
I CANNOT REMEMBER EVER DISCUSSING IN CLASS.  IS IT POSSIBLE FOR US
TO ATTRACT OTHERS TO EVIL BY NOT EXPLICITLY STANDING UP FOR WHAT WE
KNOW TO BE RIGHT? LETTING OUR INFLUENCE HELP EVIL? 
          1. CAN YOU THINK OF TIMES WHEN YOU EXPLICITLY ATTRACTED
          OTHERS TOWARDS EVIL?

     H. HYPOCRISY (GREEK MEANS "PLAY ACTING.")

     I. ENVY-- Strong's # 5355 phthonos (fthon'-os);
VINES SAYS THIS MEANS WANTING TO DEPRIVE SOMEONE OF WHAT THEY HAVE
(AS OPPOSED TO WANTING TO HAVE THE SAME THING AS SOMEONE ELSE.)

     J. SLANDER Strong's # 2636 katalalia (kat-al-al-ee'-ah);
       from 2637; defamation: KJV-- backbiting, evil speaking. 

III. YOUR PART IN CHANGING YOUR ATTITUDE.

     A. PETER NEXT SUGGESTS THE SECOND PART OF THIS CONCLUSION,
SOMETHING POSITIVE THAT WE CAN DO.  NOT JUST GET RID OF
THESE BAD ATTITUDES.  

     B. READ v. 2 AND 3.

     C. DOES "CRAVING" SOUND LIKE AN ATTITUDE TO YOU?  

     D. HOW DO YOU TEACH YOURSELF TO CRAVE SOMETHING?

     E. HOW DOES THIS WORK WITH A REGULAR DRINK? HOW WOULD YOU GO
ABOUT TEACHING YOURSELF TO CRAVE COFFEE? WHICH IN MY OPINION DOES
NOT HAVE A GOOD TASTE. 

     F. HOW DO YOU ACQUIRE THIS TASTE? 

(I THINK THAT WE HAVE TO FEED ON THE SPIRITUAL MILK IN ORDER TO
TEACH OURSELVES TO CRAVE IT.)

     G.HOW DO THE MANAGERS PROMOTE THE "TASTE" OF COKE? (BY
IMAGES-WORDS-ADS)

     H. SO IS THERE ANY LESSON IN THIS AS A PRACTICAL MATTER? (THAT
WE STUDY THE BIBLE REGULARLY, WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT AT FIRST.)

     I.  SEE THE LINKAGE HERE. WE CANNOT OBEY UNLESS WE LEARN WHAT
GOD WANTS--GOD'S WORD (1:23).  LEARNING WHAT GOD WANTS IS LIKE A
LIVING SEED (1:23) WHICH GROWS INTO OBEDIENCE AND LOVE (1:22), AND
CAUSES US TO WANT TO LEARN MORE. (2:2))
     
STUDY->OBEDIENCE->LOVE->DESIRE TO STUDY.

     J. WOULD YOU EVER CRAVE MILK IF YOU HAD SODA AVAILABLE AND HAD
BEEN DRINKING SODA ALL THE TIME?
     
(NO.  WE CAN SCREW UP BY FEEDING ON THE v.1 TRAITS IN OUR LIVES. BY
HEARING, SEEING, ADOPTING THOSE TRAITS.  WE HAVE TO OBEY v.1 BEFORE
WE GET TO v.2 AND 3)

     K. LOOK AT THIS MILK FOR A MINUTE. IT SAYS IT SHOULD BE PURE
("ADOLOS" WITHOUT GUILE, UNADULTERATED). CAN SPIRITUAL MILK BE
ADULTERATED?  
          1. HOW?  
          2. WHAT IS IT WE ARE LOOKING OUT FOR? (THE IDEA OF GOING
STRAIGHT TO THE SOURCE, THE BIBLE.)

     L. READ v.4-5

     M. PETER SHOWS US A PATH HERE. HE JUST GOT THROUGH SAYING THAT
WE ARE LIKE NEWBORN BABIES WHO NEED TO GROW IN SALVATION.  THE NEXT
STAGE OF OUR DEVELOPMENT IS TO BE LIKE A STONE.

     N. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT PETER SAYS WE SHOULD BE A STONE?
          1. WHAT ABOUT A STONE SHOULD WE BE LIKE?

(STONES ARE SOLID. THERE ARE VARIOUS GREEK WORDS FOR STONE, BUT
THIS IS "LITHOS" WHICH MEANS A STONE THAT HAS BEEN HEWN INTO SHAPE
FOR USE IN A BUILDING. SO A SHAPED STONE. A STONE BY ITSELF IS A
PROBLEM. A STONE FITTED TOGETHER WITH OTHERS IS A SHELTER.)

     O. DO YOU THINK THIS PARALLEL TO STONES SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT
WHETHER WE SHOULD BE CHURCH MEMBERS?

     P. WE OFTEN EMPHASIZE THE PRIESTHOOD OF THE INDIVIDUAL
BELIEVER, WHAT DO WE LEARN FROM THE IDEA THAT WE ARE BUILT TOGETHER
INTO A SPIRITUAL HOUSE, A HOLY PRIESTHOOD? 

(THAT WHENEVER CHRISTIANS MEET, THEY ARE A TEMPLE. THE IDEA OF
WORKING TOGETHER IS VERY IMPORTANT.)

     Q. WHAT DOES THE IDEA OF CALLING US A PRIESTHOOD, AS OPPOSED
TO STONES ADD TO THE WORD PICTURE THAT PETER PAINTS? 

(WE NOT ONLY FORM THE COMMUNITY OF BELIEVERS, THE IDEA IS THAT WE
CAN, AS PRIESTS, DECLARE GOD'S GLORY.)

IV. CORNERSTONE

     A. READ v.6-8. 

     B. WHO IS THE CORNERSTONE? PETER? 

(THE NIV SAYS "CAPSTONE," BUT THE GREEK SEEMS TO BE THE HEAD OF THE
ANGLE, THE CORNERSTONE.)

     C.  ANYONE KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT MASONRY? 
     
     D. WHAT IS IMPORTANT ABOUT THE CORNERSTONE (OR THE BEGINNING
COURSE OF BLOCKS OR BRICKS)? 

(THEY SET THE STANDARD.)

     E. HOW DOES THAT APPLY TO OUR SPIRITUAL LIFE? 

(THAT JESUS IS THE STANDARD, AND THAT WE ARE BUILT TOGETHER ON HIS
STANDARD.)

     F. NOTICE THAT JESUS THE CORNERSTONE CAUSES TWO DIFFERENT
REACTIONS? (IT IS EITHER PRECIOUS OR A STUMBLING BLOCK.)

     G. COULD YOU LITERALLY STUMBLE OVER A CORNERSTONE IN A
BUILDING? 

(NOT LIKELY.  THE PICTURE I SEE IN MY MIND IS THAT IF THE STONE IS
USED AS THE CORNER STONE YOU COULD NOT STUMBLE.  BUT IF YOU JUST
LEAVE IT OUT SITTING BY ITSELF, YOU COULD STUMBLE OVER IT.)

     H. WHAT CAUSES PEOPLE TO STUMBLE? (DISOBEDIENCE!)  THIS IS
ANOTHER INDICATION THAT OBEDIENCE IS IMPORTANT.  OBEDIENCE DOES NOT
SAVE US.  WE CANNOT BE SAVED BY THE LAW. BUT OBEDIENCE SEEMS TO BE
A PRETTY GOOD INDICATOR OF WHETHER WE HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS'
SACRIFICE FOR US.)

V. CALLED PEOPLE

     A. READ v.9-10.

     B. PETER SAYS THAT WE WERE NOT A PEOPLE.  WHAT DO YOU THINK
THAT HE MEANS BY THAT? 

(GOD FIRST CHOSE TO WORK THROUGH THE JEWS.  AT THAT POINT WE
(GENTILES) WERE NOT A PEOPLE. BUT NOW THE GOSPEL HAS GONE TO US, WE
ARE NOW STONES IN THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD.   WHAT A PRIVILEGE!)

VI. NEXT WEEK: 1 PETER 2:11-20.  CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY
WE (GENTILES) WERE NOT A PEOPLE. BUT NOW THE GOSPEL HAS GONE TO US, WE ARE NOW STONES IN THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD. WHAT A PRIVILEGE!) VI. NEXT WEEK: 1 PETER 2:11-20. CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY