Another great addition to your online Sunday School lessons! Use this lesson to tell students how special they are in Christ.
Lesson: (Note: Always allow students to give their answers to the questions before you clarify the teaching.)
Like the other Apostles, Peter traveled to different towns and started churches in all the towns he visited. Then, later, after he left those towns, he would send letters back to the churches to teach them more about God. The lesson we’re going to have today is part of Peter’s letter to one of the churches. The things Peter wrote in that letter to teach the church back then can also teach us today.
(Have students take turns reading 1 Peter 2:9-10, or read it yourself.)
Peter is telling the people and us what we are. The first thing he says is that we are a chosen people. What do you think it means for us to be a chosen people? Who chose us? (God chose us to be His people.)
God chose you. Think about that. God, who created everything, the sun and the stars, and everything there is, chose you! God loves you that much!
Peter also says that we are a royal priesthood. What does the word royal mean?
It means that you are a king or a queen or that you’re in the king or queen’s family.
How are we royal?
We’re royal because we’re in God’s family and God is the King of the whole Universe. We’re His royal children, princes and princesses in God’s Kingdom.
We are also priests. What does a priest do?
A priest is another name for pastor. Priests and pastors pray to God for people and teach people about God.
How can we be priests and pastors to other people?
We can pray for them and tell them about God and Jesus.
Peter says that we are holy? What does the word holy mean?
It means special or different.
How are we supposed to be special or different from other people for God?
As God’s people, we listen to God. We believe what God wants us to believe and we do what God what God wants us to do. We obey God’s rules and do the right things, even if other people don’t.
Peter says that God called us out of darkness into the light. What do you think he means by the darkness?
And what is the light?
Believing in God and having God forgive us for our sins.
Peter says that God gave us mercy. What does the word mercy mean?
It means that we were supposed to be punished for something, but God didn’t punish us. He gave us mercy.
What were we supposed to be punished for?
Our sins. But God sent Jesus to die on the cross so that we could be forgiven for our sins, for all the wrong things that we’ve done. Jesus took our punishment for us.
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