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A Chosen People

1 Peter 2:9-17

Sermon – April 29, 2012


I. The Hunger Games

A. Teen sensation

Movie recently released

3 book trilogy – Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games

Catching Fire

The Mockingjay

B.  Oppressive Futuristic State

Sense US in future

Distressed and Oppressed Districts

Powerful and privilege capital

Heroine is Katniss

Struggle for survival

C. The Hunger Games

Competition to the death

Winning formula

Survival of the fittest

Dog eat dog



D. Reflective of survival in the real world

Sharp contrast to Peter’s call for how we shall live

II.  A Chosen People (vs 9-10)

A.  Royal priesthood

Purveyors of God’s grace and forgiveness

B.  Proclaim God’s excellencies

C.  Reflecting your call from darkness into light

D.  Live as claimed people who have received mercy

III.  Relationship to the world (vs 11-17)

A.  Sojourners and exiles

Jesus’ repeated concern/challenge in  John chapters 15-16

In the world, but not of the world

B.  Live differently

See your good deeds and glorify God

C.  Not rebels, rejecting authority of the world

=> source of hardship

D.  Live as people who are free from the world

IV.  Contrast of Peter’s Call to How Many Christians Live

A.  Raise children to succeed in the world

B.  Seek to succeed ourselves in the world

Our success is basis of our worth and identity

C.  To succeed and achieve identity

We adopt the success tools of the world

D.  Our failure to follow Peter’s instruction

 The source of our disobedience

Our biggest problem as churches

The source of our failure as churches

E.  We do this because we are driven by our own hungers

We go to the world for substance and to satisfy

Jesus said in John 6:35

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.




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