Sample Lesson

Lesson 1
We Are God’s People: A Nation Not Bound by Geography or Time

Central Truth – We gather as God’s people, His nation, to declare His praises.

Through the years I have learned some things that have made my life easier. I learned to listen more and talk less. I learned to turn on the light before entering a dark room. I learned to know where I am going before I start the car – it has saved me a lot of gas and a lot of wasted time. Before we begin a journey on what it means to worship together as God’s family, I thought it would be best if we looked at the final destination: a picture of what a worshipping community looks like.

Look at 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.”

Peter describes two things for us:
    1. Who we are in Christ 
        a._____________ b._____________ c._____________ d.______________
    2. Our purpose as the Body of Christ

For our purpose, as we look at 1 Peter, let’s focus on the description of a holy nation. What ideas or pictures come to your mind as you think about a nation?

As the body of Christ, we have a common history. Our history is not only with the saints we worship with on Sunday in our local congregations. It also encompasses the saints throughout the ages and areas of time – saints who established the creeds, missionaries who took Christ throughout the globe, people who stood firm in the face persecution, and men who have established the road for faith in Christ, the road that we continue to walk today. Our nation also encompasses our children and our grandchildren – men and women who will walk the road of faith that we leave behind; men and women who will stand firm in their faith, firm through the trials of the future; and men and women who will continue to walk the road of faith.

A nation has set boundaries. We, as the body of Christ, are not bound by geographic or political boundaries. Our boundaries are laid in the hearts of men. We are united through Christ with the worshipping body of Christ in every corner of the world, wherever the name of Christ is praised.

After Peter defines who we are, he states our purpose as a nation. Look at 1 Peter 2:9 again.

What is our purpose?

What do we need to accomplish this goal?

What are we doing now to accomplish this goal?

Central Truth – We gather as God’s people, His nation, to declare His praises.