Catch up on how things have been since the last time your Impact Group met. Allow anyone new to introduce themselves. Then ask group members:
Ask for a volunteer to read 1 Peter 2:9-12 to the group, praying a short prayer that – however much they’ve come to know Jesus, they’d know him better as a result of your time together.
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Peter alludes to several Old Testament passages in verses 9-10.
First, he takes the titles that described the people of Israel (especially Exodus 19:5-6 and Deuteronomy 7:6) and applies them to all those who have come to know Christ. Just as God called Israel out of Egypt and appointed them to be his representatives in the world, so he has called followers of Jesus out of darkness and appointed us to be his representatives in the world today.
He also references Hosea. God gave names to Hosea’s children which illustrated that disobedient Israel would no longer be his people, and how they would no longer receive mercy. But God declares that, though this will be true for a season, this will one day be reversed (Hosea 2:23). Peter sees all God’s people within this picture: we did not deserve mercy, but God has shown us mercy and drawn us to himself.
Peter’s final reference is to Isaiah 43:20-21. In these verses, God speaks of how the jackals and owls – a poetic depiction of other nations – honour God because of what they’ve seen him doing for Israel, the people he formed for himself to proclaim his praise. Again, Peter applies this picture to us today. Having been qualified forever by Jesus to be God’s people, we’re charged with the task of joyfully praising God, abstaining from the desires which no longer match our new identity, and living beautiful lives which reflect the character of God to the world. Then the people around us – our equivalent of jackals and owls – can come to know and honour God too.
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Peter has emphasised that God has given us each other to be representatives in his world together.
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