God’s Identity, Calling, and Example for You | 1 Peter 2:13-25

1 Peter

God’s truth dispels the lies of our false identities so we can be secure in who we are and know how to live as we follow God. Listen as John Elmore shares from 1 Peter 2 the truth of our identity, calling, and Jesus’s example for our lives.

John ElmoreMar 5, 2023
1 Peter 2:13-25

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We all have false identities we take on. Peter teaches us where our true identity is found, what we are called to do with that identity, and whose example we follow.

  • God’s identity for you: servant of God (1 Peter 2:13-17)
    • God’s authority over you. God’s authority is over every authority (1 Peter 2:13-14). Our fear of the Lord leads to our freedom. (1 Peter 2:17)
    • God’s will for you. By doing good, our actions silence others’ arguments (1 Peter 2:15).
    • God’s identity for you. We are to live as servants of God (1 Peter 2:16). Our identity begets action; as servants of God, we relinquish our right to do whatever we want and choose to do what God wants.
  • God’s calling for you: suffer (1 Peter 2:18-21a)
    • Suffering at work. Work well even when suffering. Be mindful of the Lord, not your circumstances (1 Peter 2:18-20).
    • Reject prosperity theology. Do not be surprised when suffering comes. Ask God for the grace to suffer well (1 Peter 2:21a). Our preparation is essential because our suffering is inevitable.
  • God’s example for you: Jesus (1 Peter 2:21b-25)
    • Jesus suffered for you (1 Peter 2:21b). He suffered for you so that you could be saved.
    • Jesus showed us how to suffer well. We need to repent of sin daily (1 Peter 2:22) and not seek revenge for our suffering (1 Peter 2:23). Jesus died for our sin so that we may die to our sin (1 Peter 2:24). You will never go through suffering without shepherding (1 Peter 2:25).

Discussion and Application

  • What fake identity are you holding on to? Confess it to community this week.
  • Do you seek to serve or be served in your relationships with others?
  • How can you “do good” this week in your workplace or at home?
  • What are you suffering through right now? Does your community know that you are suffering? How might you be able to help someone in your community who is suffering this week?