- Jobs for servants. Suppose you saw a notice that read, “Wanted: Servant for soul-winning program at Adventist church.” What would you expect a “servant” to do for the soul-winning program? Has the church you attend ever had a pastor you believe filled the role of “servant” as Peter wrote about in his day? Would you apply for this position: “Servant urgently needed. Eternal life available.”
- Elders in the early church. What problems of church management are most keenly felt in rapidly growing congregations? Does God’s church need structure? organization? job descriptions? Why or why not? What were some of the positions elders held in the apostolic church? Should all elders in a local church have the same or almost the same responsibilities? Do you always agree with the decisions made in your church? What do you do if you do not agree?
- The elders. What aspect of Jesus’ ministry do our church elders today most need to understand? What were the personal qualities that made Peter such a good elder in the church? Does it ever happen in the church you attend that members go off on their own ways like so many wayward sheep? How should the elders respond to that circumstance? Have you ever said “no” to a church responsibility you could have filled but just didn’t want to? What would Peter say about that?
- Servant leadership. The lesson describes the way people in Peter’s day divided their society into distinct layers with little crossover. Is that the way it is today? Even in our church? In what sense are we all equal before God? Why is it harder in the church for you and me to be humble around those with less standing than we have than it is to show respect for those above us, our leaders? Should we try to change that?
- Like a roaring lion. How would persecution change the way the church you attend worships God? How about you? Imagine belonging to a church riddled with persecution or scorn. How would you as a member of such a church be able to resist the work of the devil against your church? Should we try to convince others not only that Jesus lives but that Satan is active in our midst? How does the “roaring lion” get into our church? What can we do to keep him out or at least weaken his persuasive abilities?