People of God – Gospel in Life
Sermon

People of God

Tim Keller |  February 13, 1994

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Topics:
  • Purpose and Calling
  • The Church (Unity, Fellowship, Leadership)
  • Identity
Duration:
43:40
Scripture:
1 Peter 2:9-10
SKU:
RS 251-02

1 Peter 2:9–12

Let’s dive into the deep meanings hidden in 1 Peter 2:9-12. This part of the Bible talks about the church and its followers. It uses phrases like ‘chosen people’ and ‘holy nation’ to describe us believers. These words tell us about who we are and what our mission is.

1. A royal priesthood

We, as Christians, are like priests. Just as priests pray for others, we too should pray for and help others around us. Jesus, our High Priest, prays for each one of us. Think about when Peter denied Him, Jesus still prayed for Peter. It’s important that we check our hearts, submit to God, and try to live like priests in our everyday lives.

2. A chosen race

When Peter calls us a “race,” he means a group of believers from all different backgrounds. This fulfills a prophecy from the Old Testament that God’s people will come from all over. We are part of this race not because of our family history, but because God chose us and loves us. It doesn’t matter what we’ve done, but that we accept God’s love and grace. This idea fights against the idea of being better than others and teaches us to stand together as believers, setting us apart from the world.

3. A holy nation

Being a “holy nation” means we, as Christians, are different. It’s not just about being better people, but about letting Christianity influence every part of our lives. We should live in a way that goes against what the world often tells us. We’re called to connect with others and make a difference in our communities. This means thinking deeply about our faith and how it affects what we do, from our jobs to our relationships. We should question the world’s norms and values, aiming to be united and different as a Christian community.

4. A people belonging to God

Being God’s “peculiar people” means we’re His special and loved possession. Just like a treasure, we’re precious to Him. Knowing this can give us courage, like how Isaiah was brave because he knew God loved him. It’s important to keep trying to understand who we are in God, and let that knowledge guide and inspire us in our lives.

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