Do you have a story (funny or otherwise) of building something or trying to build something? This could be Ikea furniture or something much more involved & advanced. How did it go? What happened?
SPECIAL NOTE: Read 1 Peter 2:1-10, Hebrews 4:14-16, and Ephesians 2:11-22 together as a group. This can be read all at once or by section based on the question being discussed.
1. Kyle mentioned the concept of RFI (Request For Information). Sometimes we need that in our discipleship and walk with Jesus.
-What areas in your spiritual life could benefit from more information or understanding?
-Where have you sought information or understanding in the past as it relates to your spiritual life?
-Where can/do you turn to now when you have this need?
2. This is the final week of the series “What Is Church Like?” where we have looked at five analogies the Bible uses to describe the church: Body, Family, Lampstand, Branches, Temple & Priesthood.
-Summarize how you understand each of these analogies working to fill out what it means to be the church & to be a Christian.
-Which analogy do you think most describes what you feel your role at BCC is at this time?
-What would it look like to lean into & embrace your role in making that analogy more of a reality at BCC?
3. 1 Peter 2 says that we are living stones being built into a spiritual house, chosen people, and a holy priesthood. Ephesians 2 says we are a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
-What do these images convey about the unity and purpose of the church?
-How do these concepts challenge or reshape your view of the church and its mission?
-How do these analogies impact the way we approach God and serve others?
-Share practical ways we can live out in the groups & communities we are a part of our identity as God’s chosen people & God’s dwelling place by his Spirit.
4. 1 Peter 2:10 quotes from Hosea 2:23. Peter applies this analogy to Gentiles, non-Jewish members of the church. This holy nation was previously just ethnic Israel. But now it includes people of all ethnicities and nations.
-What practical effects can this reality of a multinational and multiethnic people of God have on our local churches?
-What practical effects might this reality have on how we view our responsibilities & attitudes to our brothers & sisters in Christ around the world?
5. 1 Peter 2 & Ephesians 2 calls Jesus the cornerstone/chief cornerstone. Kyle described these like footers that set the stage for the rest of the building.
-How does this analogy point to important place Jesus must occupy in our lives?
-Where have you seen the blessing of having Christ as your cornerstone?
-Where have you seen the church fail to make Jesus its cornerstone and what affect have you seen as a result?
6. 1 Peter 2 says Jesus has a dual nature. He is both a cornerstone and stumbling stone.
-Are there things about Jesus, the Bible, the church, historic teachings of Christianity, etc. that have caused you to question whether or not it’s true or that have caused you to “stumble”?
-How have you seen people stumble over Jesus?
-How can we navigate the reality that Christ will be a stumbling block to some while being central to our faith?
-Can Jesus be both to a person at the same time? Why? Why not?
7. 1 Peter 2:1 mentions five sins that can damage our relationships with other believers.
-How would these five sins impede our ability to worship with other believers?
-When have you seen or experienced this in church relationships?
-How can we overcome these sins in church so we can experience peace & harmony?
-How do the various analogies of the church encourage us to keep trying even when we see these sins in ourselves & others?
8. Kyle mentioned the importance of coming to church prepared and ready to worship.
-How do you personally prepare for worship?
-How does your personal preparation impact the collective experience of worship?
-Share a time when your personal state affected your ability to connect with God during a church service.
-How can we, as individuals and as a church, continue to foster an environment where God’s presence resides?
1 Peter 2:9 says that Christians are called to “declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” Take time in your prayer time to reflect back over the analogies of the church (Body, Family, Lampstand, Branches, Temple & Priesthood). Offer praises to God for his work in creating his people for these purposes. Then take time to petition him to make these analogies more & more true in your life, in BCC, and in his people around the world.