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DISCUSSION GUIDE FOR CITY GROUPS, FIGHT CLUBS,   HOUSEHOLD CONVERSATIONS  THE CITY CHURCH I WINTER     SUMMER 2018
Contents FOUNDATIONS  Overview        3  Context        4    Walking through 1-2 Peter Together       10  WEEKLY SUMMARIES...
Overview Augustine, a famous fourth-century bishop, once referred to Jesus    followers as    the city of God   , who exis...
submission, hope, humility, confirmation, and truth. And we   re able to live as the city of God     all in the midst of a...
and condemned to death. During the few short hours of the trial, Peter flatly denies knowing Jesus     on three separate o...
D. A. Carson explains exactly what kind of suffering is being referred to in these letters     The evidence from Peter  hi...
In this language, Peter is reminding them and encouraging them with the truth of what God has done to rescue them, adopt t...
of a vast geographical area with small cities few and far between, of a diversified population of indigenous peoples, Gree...
somehow found one another and banded together in the love of Jesus. You and your small community of friends who believe in...
Walking Through 1   2 Peter Together Make sure you grab our monthly Worship Guide, available on Sunday mornings  they   ll...
EXAMINE  Spend some time reflecting. Ask yourself these questions, and write down your thoughts       How do you think the...
Discipleship Guides    on the back table of every Sunday   s gathering, as well as in the hands of your child at the start...
contrast 1  13
Part 1     1 PETER 1 1-2  2 PETER 1 1-2 SUMMARY Who is Peter  To whom does he write these letters  The opening lines of bo...
4.  How do both words in the term    elect exile    describe the dual reality for the follower of Jesus  _________________...
Part 2     1 PETER 1 3-9 SUMMARY A first foundation for thriving in a world of exile is recalling objective and eternal tr...
4.  How should these truths change the way we view trials we face in a world that doesn   t live for God  ________________...
Part 3     1 PETER 1 10-12 SUMMARY A second foundation for thriving in exile is dwelling on the beauty and grace of God. I...
4.  Whether you follow Jesus or not, let   s have everyone who   s willing, explain the good news as best as we each under...
contrast 2  20
Part 1     1 PETER 1 13-21 SUMMARY Right thinking leads to right action. By comparing his readers    former brokenness of ...
4.  What did our eternal life and holiness cost  Why was God willing to pay that price  __________________________________...
Part 2     1 PETER 1 22-2 8 SUMMARY If last week   s verses focused on personal holiness, this week considers the corporat...
4.  What are some ways these verses describe followers of Jesus loving one another, as we    live in exile    together  __...
Part 3     1 PETER 2 9-12 SUMMARY While a right foundation leads to holy living, and holy personal living leads to biblica...
4.  These verses charge us to both display God   s works and declare God   s works, to the world in which we   re exiled  ...
NOTE  Peter   s first chapter and a half give God   s people a theological framework for who we are and how we live, in li...
contrast 3  28
Part 1     1 PETER 2 13-25 SUMMARY The first question our theology and identity faces is that of submission. In a world th...
4.  Does anything make these verses hard to accept as 100  true  Are there things we need to remind each other of, in area...
8.  Bonus  Read Daniel 6 1-14. Daniel was in literal exile, and submitted to an ungodly king for most of his life. What li...
Part 2     1 PETER 3 1-7 SUMMARY Continuing last week   s theme of submission and authority, God turns toward the marriage...
4.  How does v7 place implicit value and worth on wives, and what posture does it charge a husband to take toward your wif...
Part 3     1 PETER 3 8-17 SUMMARY In a final week of considering the world   s rejection of God and his commands, God addr...
4.  Why is it so difficult to respond to rejection and oppression through the lens of the gospel  ________________________...
contrast 4  36
Part 1     1 PETER 3 13-22 SUMMARY Where do we find hope as we face suffering in a world that rejects God and his people  ...
4.  What do these verses describe as the result of Jesus    suffering well, and how does that truth give us hope in the th...
Part 2      1 PETER 4 1-11  SUMMARY While the gospel greatly benefits our eternal life in a new heavens and new earth, it ...
4.  This passage indicates again that our lives for Jesus are lived    among the Gentiles     2 11   what are some ways yo...
Part 3     1 PETER 4 12-19 SUMMARY A final source of hope in the midst of suffering comes from setting our expectations ri...
4.  How can we rejoice, realize we   re blessed, glorify God, and trust him in the midst of suffering  not just once suffe...
contrast 5  43
Part 1     1 PETER 5 1-5 SUMMARY As we consider the posture of God   s people toward each other, we first consider the rol...
4.  What are some ways you   ve seen God display    oppose the proud   , or    give grace to the humble     ______________...
Part 2     1 PETER 5 6-14 SUMMARY After last week   s posture of God   s people   s humility toward one another, we see th...
4.  What does it look like to stand firm, to be sober-minded and watchful, and to resist, in the face of temptation  _____...
contrast 6  48
Part 1     2 PETER 1 3-9 SUMMARY As the rest of the world seems to endlessly chip away at our souls, 1 Peter   s theme    ...
4.  In what ways do the qualities in v5-7 build on each other to    supplement our faith     _____________________________...
Part 2     2 PETER 1 10-15 SUMMARY As the    follow-up step    to last week   s verses, we see that while all those godly ...
4.  What is Peter   s view of God   s eternal kingdom, and how does that seem to give him confidence to face his final day...
Part 3     2 PETER 1 16-21 SUMMARY Peter saves the strongest confirmation of truth in the midst of our doubts for his last...
4.  While Peter gives his eyewitness account, he encourages us to trust the Bible as God   s greatest confirmation of trut...
contrast 7  55
Part 1     2 PET 2 1-10A SUMMARY God has always gone to great lengths to protect his name, righteousness, and truth. In th...
4.  What fate does God have for false teachers, once he calls us home out of exile  ______________________________________...
Part 2     2 PET 2 10B-22 SUMMARY In this second week of considering God   s harsh discipline toward false teachers, Peter...
4.  These are incredibly strong words  why does God   s anger burn so hot against false teachers  ________________________...
contrast 8  60
Part 1     2 PETER 3 1-13 SUMMARY As 2 Peter starts to come to a close, Peter reminds us of the prophets and gospels whose...
4.  How does Peter describe different aspects of    the day of the Lord     What impact do those descriptions have on you ...
Part 2     2 PETER 3 14-18 SUMMARY As we look back over the themes of 1-2 Peter, we see the books    final charge  to live...
4.  What do you think the relation is between a right knowledge of the Bible, the grace of Jesus, and the overall theme of...
Selected Bibliography Here are some of the resources used in sermon preparation and in the creation of this booklet      C...
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