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Living the Resurrected Life... As Living Stones

Living the Resurrected Life... As Living Stones

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but, words will never hurt me."

Younger Set

  • Read the quote above and ask, "Have you ever called someone a hurtful name, even just to be silly? Or has anyone ever called you a name?" Talk about the feelings involved. Talk about refraining from name-calling even in silliness.
  • Prepare some small posters or 8x11 papers with "position/identity" words from 1 Peter 2:1-12, writing 1 on each paper... such as living stones, precious, chosen, etc. Have each child or adult hold one as you talk about what that word means, and the truth of God considering him/her in that way.
  • Use some wooden blocks or duplo/lego blocks to make a small building. Explain that God uses this example in these Bible verses to describe His Church.  So, as you put in each block, NAME the block for a child or adult in your group!  :)
  • Ask the youth for ways that they have been "living stones" the past week, or could ask God to help them be during the coming week.

Is it true... "words will never hurt me"?  Of course not!  Adults know it is a shouted defense against others' unkind or foolish taunts, and usually hides angry or lonely tears.

This Peter passage is powerful since it creates a "fortress of truth" against all the lies of the world, strategies of Satan, and weaknesses of our flesh.  From these verses, find 3 pillars of Christ's Body (His people... us!) that rest on the cornerstone of Christ Himself:

  • God's provisions = ___________________________________
  • My position = _______________________________________
  • My purpose = _______________________________________

Points to Ponder - Make a list of "labels" that others have called you or made you to feel. Make a list of "truth labels" in this Scripture section as God describes you! What choices of yours or others have attacked your values or personal plans? How do God's choices in this passage affect how you see your, and others'… past, present and future? What does it mean to you to be a "living stone"? In what ways are you helping make God REAL to the pre-saved around you?

READ 1 Peter 2:1-12 (NIV)

1Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For in Scripture it says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” 7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone," 8 and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.

9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

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