God's Tumbler Sermon

The BIG THEMES FRAMING THE BIBLE MESSAGE (the 66 pieces)Gods Tumber illustration with arrow






A Little About Peter:
(writer of 2 pieces)


Context: writing to ‘chosen’ (1:1) scattered throughout the world on how to Behave

Text: 1 Peter 2:1-10

The BIG IDEA of the Text   “God is preparing us as living stones used together to build His House.”

Peter describes HOW God prepares us as living stones

  1.    _________________ (vs 1 — ‘get rid of’)
  2.          __________________ (vs 2 — ‘you must crave’)
  3.          __________________ (vs 4 — ‘come to Him’)

Peter explains WHY God prepares us as living stones (vs 9)

Write your SO WHAT?


Discussion Questions:

1. Tim used the analogy of the Bible being like a 66 piece jigsaw puzzle, stating that everyone puts puzzles together the same way – first finding the edge pieces and building the frame. He then share four pairs of rhyming words that he believed were the “shaping themes” of everything inside the pages Genesis 1 through Revelation 21. From your study of Scripture so far, share your observations on his 8 themes. Would you add or delete any?

2. Tim suggested that we would be wise when we are studying a passage focusing on one of these themes (with God’s Tumbler it was the behave theme) to interpret that passage in light of all the other themes framing scripture. That they are connected. That is, when a passage is telling believers (Peter called us ‘chosen ones’) to polish up our lives, we should also consider made (God loves us and wants to be with us), cost (God paid a horrendous price to buy us back), etc. Do you agree? Is it dangerous to study a passage with one theme without connecting it to the other themes?

3. What struck you when we reviewed what the New Testament tells us about ‘Rocky’ – Peter?

4. Did you pick up two important concepts of how both God and Peter ‘wrote’ 1 Peter? What were they? (Peter tells us ‘holy men of God were carried along by the Holy Spirit’ and Paul tells us it is ‘God-breathed’)

5. Tim illustrated God’s process of preparing us as living stones from his childhood friend’s rock tumbler hobby. Here are Tim’s observations. Share them with the class and discuss.

1. Polishing only works with other rocks in the tumbler. Can we be adequately polished on our imperfections in isolation – just me and God and Scripture?

2. The rock tumbler settings are “days” not “hours.” It takes time to polish us. Probably lifetimes. Comment.

3. Suffering is the coarse grit that helps grind off the gross attitudes and actions that are attached to us like barnacles. Tim said it’s painful to change. Share your insights on this.

4. Scripture is the medium grit that helps the lines of Christlike character emerge. He suggested that an appetite for Scripture was an acquired taste – something that grows on you as you see it’s wisdom and power actually working. What has been your experience in your level of thirst for Scripture?

5. Share how Scripture has worked in some way in your life to grind off the barnacles and bring the lines of Christlike character to the surface.

6. A daily apprenticeship with Jesus is what puts the shine on us – along with suffering and Scripture, mentors us best in preparing us for our place as a living stone in His house. Tim took us to the invitation of Jesus to come to him and join him in the yoke of apprenticeship. Discuss this metaphor of Jesus. What does a yoked apprenticeship look like for a Christian in 2019 in our culture?

6. How would Calvary be different if we all took this passage seriously – together being polished and be God’s House in this community?

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