Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

The Trinity’s Work in Our Salvation

1 Peter 1:1-2

 

1 Peter 1:1–2 (ESV)

1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

2according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

 

1.     The Scripture teaches that God has “elected” or chosen some to be his people based on his “foreknowledge” of them.  How do the following passage help clarify what “foreknowledge” is?

·      Acts 2:23

·      Rom 8:29

·      Rom 11:2 from 9:11

·      1 Pet 1:20

a.     Based on these verses, what is your working definition of foreknowledge?

b.     What difference does it make to you to know that your relationship with God is ultimately based on God’s foreknowledge of you?

2.     According to this passage, what is the Spirit’s role in the salvation of the elect?

a.     What does “sanctification” mean? Are you comfortable with the term “saint-ification”?

b.     What do the following passage teach about the work the God does to “saint-fiy” us?

·      1 Thessalonians 4:1-8

·      1 Corinthians 1:1-3

3.     According to these verses, the earthly purpose of God’s electing plan is so that we might be obedient to Jesus.  How is it possible that a sinner might become obedient to Christ and become profitable?  What does Jesus’s sprinkled blood have to do with this?

·      Exodus 24:1-8

·      Hebrews 10:22-24

·      Hebrews 12:18-24

4.     Spend some time in prayer thanking each member of the Trinity for their distinct roles in your salvation.