Reading: 1 Peter 1:17-23 (The Message)
Peter talks about the old life and the new for his followers in Turkey. But how does that translate to today, especially when many of us were baptized as infants, and don’t remember our ‘old life’?
- What things from your old life of worldly living can you give up? Does that mean they shouldn’t be in our lives, or that we shouldn’t center our lives on them?
- What new things can we expect in our new life? What things should we look for to see if we’re living in Christ?
Reading: Acts 2:14a, 36-41 (NRSV)
Shortly after the Spirit descends on the followers of Jesus, Peter preaches his first sermon. He says that those who are listening are the ones who crucified Christ. What does he say the crowd must do as a result? How does this affect our vision of the future?
- What signs did the crowd see?
- How did the crowd react to Peter’s sermon?
- How do you think the church will or must change to continue for the next 500 years?
- What is meant by repentance? What is the significance of Peter saying the crowd must repent and be baptized?
- What are you most willing to give up for the church to continue? What can TCUC offer to the world?
West, Benjamin, 1738-1820. Peter Preaching at Pentecost, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=55159 [retrieved April 25, 2020]. Original source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:St._Peter_Preaching_at_Pentecost.jpg.