These daily online studies are adapted from our Quiet Time Bible Guide. The studies go through the Old and New Testaments in just over two years. The approach taken by our quiet time Bible studies does not include answers. The goal of the study is to help you dig into Scripture for yourself. You can go deeper using a commentary, Bible background guide or Bible handbook.

1 Peter 2:1-12: Do I Want to Grow Up?

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of 1 Peter.

"Would you send me to school?" [Peter] inquired craftily.

"Yes . . . "

"I don't want to go to school and learn solemn things," he told her passionately.

"I don't want to be a man. O Wendy's mother, if I was to wake up and feel there was a beard!"

"Peter," said Wendy the comforter, "I should love you in a beard." Mrs. Darling stretched out her arms to him.

"Keep back, lady, no one is going to catch me and make me a man." (James M. Barrie, Peter Pan [New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1911], p. 228.)

Warming Up to God

In what ways are you tempted to follow Peter Pan's approach to life?

Read 1 Peter 2:1-12

Discovering the Word

  • Peter speaks here of two aspects of Christian growth: individual and corporate. How might the five inner sins of verse 1 damage outer relationships with other believers?
  • What does the metaphor in verses 2-3 contribute to your understanding of how to nurture spiritual growth?
  • How does belief or unbelief influence the way a person understands Jesus, the "living Stone" (vv. 4-8)?
  • What reasons do the people here have to praise God (vv. 9-10)?
  • Verse 11 repeats a now familiar theme in 1 Peter—that Christians are aliens and strangers in the world. How might living up to the description of verse 9 cause a Christian to be alienated from the world?

Applying the Word

  • The New Bible Commentary interprets verse 12, "the day [God] visits us," as "the day God will visit the earth and search out man's hearts in judgment." If this were to occur in your lifetime, what evidence would you want God to find of your own spiritual growth?
  • How could today's passage help you overcome a tendency to become a spiritual Peter Pan?

Responding in Prayer

Ask God to rid you of "all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind."

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