Big Idea: The way we live affects the way nonbelievers perceive Jesus
In the movie Donnie Brosco, Johnny Depp plays an undercover FBI agent that is trying to infiltrate the mob. He becomes friends with a mobster named Lefty. In one scene, right before Lefty introduces Donnie Brosco to the mafia, he explains how introductions are made. He tells Donnie that he will introduce him as a “friend of mine” and that will tell them that he is a connected guy, but if he were to call him a “friend of ours,” that would tell them that he was a “made-man.”
Have you ever been introduced to someone through a mutual friend? A lot of times, our first impression of someone is largely based on who introduces us to that person. If we have positive feelings toward someone, we will trust that the person they are introducing us to is a good person. If we have negative feelings about someone, we may transfer those feelings to the person we are meeting.
When people know that we are Christians, the way we live is their introduction to Jesus. If we claim to follow Jesus, we are claiming that our lives mirror his. If we have a bad attitude, people perceive Jesus to have a bad attitude. If we treat people poorly, people think that Jesus treats people poorly. If we act like we are better than people, those people will think the same thing about Jesus. But if we live the way Peter instructs us to, their perception of Jesus will be that he is the same way.
Day 1: 1 Peter 2: 1 – 8
Day 2: 1 Peter 2: 9 – 16
Day 3: 1 Peter 2: 17 – 25
Questions for Discussion
- How do our lives reflect who Jesus is?
- What do you think that it means to be an ambassador of Christ? (see 2 Cor. 5:20)
- Why is it so important for us to follow Peter’s instruction?
- What do you think is the most difficult part of this chapter to follow?
- What are some ways that we can give people a positive impression of Jesus?
Spend an hour this week talking with a friend in person. Do not look at your phone once during that hour. Show them that you truly care about them and care about what is going on in their life. Talk to them the way Jesus would talk to them.