1 Peter 2:4-10,13-14
Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion. A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.” 7 Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient,“The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,”8 and “A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy…… 13.Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good.
1 Peter 5:2-4
Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; 4 and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.
Q1. Describe the difference between the Israelites during the time of Haggai and the king David concerning God’s House. What should be our attitude towards the Church? (Haggai 1:8-11; 1 Chronicles 17:1-2; Matthew 16:18; 1 Peter 5:2-4)
Q2. How should we understand the submission to authority in this nation? (1 Peter 2:13-14; 1 Timothy 2:1-2)
Q3. As God’s living stones, what should be our priority? In the case study of the three scenarios solving a church problem, which one is to be preferred and why? (1 Peter 2:4-5; Rom 12:1; Matthew 12:25; Numbers 12:1-2; Hebrews 13:17)
Q4. How do you run with the vision of our local church? Mention some practical examples. (1 Corinthians 1:2; Acts 9:31; Philippians 2:2; 1 Timothy 3:15)