Ransomed & Reborn

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Sermon Text: 1 Peter 1:17-23

If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God. Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart. You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.

Discussion Questions

  1. Where in your life do you sense God's presence the most? The least? How do you think your awareness (or unawareness) of God's presence affects your thoughts, words, and actions in these areas of your life?
  2. According to this passage, what has God done for us in Christ, and why does that matter in your own life?
  3. What is one specific way you can see your own self-centeredness keeping you from having "a mind full of others" (i.e. loving others deeply from the heart)? What is one specific way you could practice putting on other-mindedness this week?