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Devotional - What the Church Needs: Exemplary Living

Verses: 1 Peter 2:9-12 NASB

I.We need to see what we are (9-1)

A. What are we?

---->_________ _________

---->_________ _________

---->_________ _________

---->We are a people for God's own possession.

B. What were we?

---->We were in _________ but are now in the _________ (Acts 26:18; Phil. 2:15)

---->We were _____ a people but are now ______ people (Eph. 2:11-22)

---->We had not received_________ but now have received _________.

C. Therefore we proclaim God's excellencies!

---->What a strong motivation to praise God!

---->Acknowledging what God has done for us helps us avoid the trap of pride and gives us a strong sense of purpose.

II. We need to be what we are (11-12)

A. We must abstain from _______ ______. Why?

---->Because we are aliens and strangers (2:11).

---->We are not at home in this world (Heb. 11:9-10; 13:14)

---->"...our citizenship is in _________" (Phil. 3:20; cf. John 15:19; 17:14-16; 18:36)

---->Because these lusts ______ _____ against the soul.

----> Satan can use these lusts against us.

----> If we let our lusts win, we lose.

B. We must keep our behavior Godly. Why?

---->So outsiders will change their minds (2:12). What changes their minds? Our ______ deeds (2:12)

---->So they will_________ God (12; Matt 5:16)

 

***Answers from NASB, yours may differ slightly according to your Bible version.

I. A. What are we?

---->chosen people

---->royal priesthood

---->holy nation

B. What were we?

---->We were in __darkness__ but are now in the __light__ (Acts 26:18; Phil. 2:15)

---->We were __not___ a people but are now __God's__ people (Eph. 2:11-22)

---->We had not received__mercy_ but now have received __mercy__.

II. A. We must abstain from _sinful_ _desires_. Why?

---->"...our citizenship is in _Heaven_" (Phil. 3:20; cf. John 15:19; 17:14-16; 18:36)

---->Because these lusts _wage__war_ against the soul.

B. What changes their minds? Our _good_ deeds (2:12)

---->So they will _glorify_ God (12; Matt 5:16)

 

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