A Spiritual House

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Sermon Text: 1 Peter 2:2-10

Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in scripture: “See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.” To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner,” and “A stone that makes them stumble, and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Discussion Questions

  1. Describe a time in your life when you felt most connected to God or experienced the most noticeable spiritual growth. What do you think made that season so spiritually vibrant?
  2. Peter tells us that the key to our maturing in faith is for us to long for God the way a newborn infant longs for milk. What cravings in your life compete with your desire for God himself? What are some ways you can practice "tasting that the Lord is good" that may feed your longing for God and nurture your own spiritual growth?
  3. Describe the image of the "spiritual house" that Peter sketches for us in this passage. What features stand out to you as especially important for understanding our relationship to Jesus? How does this image help you understand what healthy spiritual growth looks like in your own life and in our church community?