"Living Up To and Into Our Identity"

Summary:  Peter uses some beautiful biblical images to present his understanding of the followers gathered by Jesus. We'll explore these as aspects of our collective and individual identity and as guides to how we are to be as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:2-5, 9-10

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.

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.