Small Group Curriculum

1 Peter | Week 2 | 1 Peter 2:4-10

Small Group Discussion Guide

Before beginning the video, open your Bibles and read 1 Peter 2:4-10

  1. What does it mean to be both elect and exile?
  2. How do we, as people who would be considered the builders, the religious elite, reject Jesus as our cornerstone, even today.
  3. What does it mean that God chooses to place God’s presence with us?
  4. Who do you trust to tell you who you really are?
  5. Do you find comfort in knowing that everything about our future rests on Jesus?
  6. “The weight and pressure of your life will ultimately reveal all the things other than Jesus that you have built your life on.” Is Jesus your true cornerstone? or is Jesus just a symbolic cornerstone for you?
  7. What are the weak cornerstones in your life that you need to get rid of so that you can build your life on Jesus?

1 Peter | Week 2 | 1 Peter 1:13-23

Small Group Discussion Guide

Before beginning the video, open your Bibles and read 1 Peter 1:13-23

  1. What did Jimmy mean by “Christians take the ‘long view’ of life?”  Do you think about your life in this way?  If so, how?
  2. Peter tells the church, “your action or inaction reflects back on the whole Church” much like the actions of a child reflect back on the whole family.  How have you found this to be true in your own life?  Reflect on your own actions or inaction over the last week.  How has you represented the Church? How have you represented Jesus?
  3. What have you always thought holiness meant?
  4. What makes God holy?
  5. How are we set apart and different from the world? What does that look like now?  What could that look like for you?
  6. What is the ultimate thing that makes us holy?
  7. How do we exhibit the fruit of a loving life? What are some concrete ways that we can strive to live out holiness in the world?

1 Peter | Week 1 | 1 Peter 1:1-9

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Small Group Discussion Guide

Before beginning the video, open your Bibles and read 1 Peter 1:1-9.

  1. What types of persecution might the “members” of these early churches faced and from whom?
  2. What would you do if your friends and family turned against you because of your faith? 
  3. If you were experiencing persecution like the people Peter is writing to, how would you hear his words? 
  4. Are there times of suffering that you have felt your faith being tested? 
  5. What are the 3 Marks of “Genuine Faith?”
  6. Discuss the evidence of these marks of faith in your life.
  7. How can genuine faith help you come through the trials of life? How has your faith helped you in your trials?