Chosen Foreigners

Series: The Foreigners | Week 1: Travel Plans

Read 1 Peter 1:1-2

1. Who is writing this letter, and to whom is he writing?
2. What two words does he use to describe the letter recipients in verse 1?
3. What do you learn about God in verse 2?

A group of Christ followers had scattered all over the world because of their devotion to Jesus. Their lives were uncertain, and their support systems decimated. Peter wanted to let them know that their disorienting feeling was real. He used two words to describe them: chosen and foreigners (exiles). They didn’t belong to this world, but God chose them to live in their specific time and place for a purpose.

The same is true of us. We live in this world, but our life and rhythms are set to the Word of God. More than that, we’re chosen. God knows us deeply and intimately. He created us from the foundations of the world. We’re His image bearers that He designed to live in this time and place.

How do those truths hit you today? Do they change how you view yourself or the people around you? Spend a minute in quiet now, thanking God for creating and choosing you. Thank Him for being with you in this “foreign land,” and ask Him to help you walk in confidence and hope.

Want to go deeper? Watch this video for an overview of the book of 1 Peter. Write down any observations or questions you hope to explore in the next five weeks.

*TPCC does not necessarily endorse all “Want to go deeper” sources. They are simply meant to be a helpful tool.

The Foreigners