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Missions Month 2017 Devotional


Theme – Peculiar People  

Verse: 1 Peter 2:9: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God (KJV: “a peculiar people”), that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

During our Missions Month, you are encouraged to follow this Bible reading guide. Bible passages and study questions for each week are below. This is a way that our church can be thinking and praying and hoping together in pursuing life as a peculiar and purposeful people. We’re trusting that God’s Spirit will teach us and shape us as we chew on these Scriptures together!


Marks of a Peculiar People

Big Question: What are the distinguishing marks of the people of God which set them apart as a peculiar people?


October 23 – October 27: We are a Blessed People  

Questions to Consider:

  1. What are some of the blessings and privileges that distinguish Christians from the world? What ways are these privileges similar or different to OT Israel?
  2. In what ways were you encouraged or challenged by looking at the blessings we have received as the people of God? How can we apply these truths?

Monday, October 23 – I Peter 2:9-10; Deut 7:6; Eph 1:4-6

Tuesday, October 24 – Hebrews 7:17; Romans 8:17; I Cor 6:2-3; Matt 28:18-19; 16:18; I Timothy 2:1-2

Wednesday, October 25 – Exodus 19:6; Eph 2:10; James 1:27

Thursday, October 26 – Eph 5:18; Zeph 3:17; Ps 139:13-14; II Cor 12:9-10

Friday, October 27 – Eph 2:1-5; 8-9; Hosea 1:9-11; Rom 11:25-26


October 30 – November 3: We are a Worshiping People 

Questions to consider:

  1. What stands out to you about peculiar people being a worshiping people?
  2. In what ways is God calling you to worship in your current circumstance? If you struggle with complaining and worrying, how can you remedy this?

Monday, October 30 – I Peter 2:9b; Exodus 9:1

Tuesday, October 31 – Romans 1:20-21

Wednesday, November 1– Philippians 2:14-15

Thursday, November 2 – Job 1:21; Eph 1:11-12

Friday, November 3 – Romans 8:28; I Thess 5:18


November 6 – November 10: We are a People at War Away from Home

Questions to consider:

  1. What differences should we see in the lives of a peculiar people because this is not their home? Do you feel the concept of being a pilgrim has been lost in the church? Why or why not?
  2. How do peculiar people gain victory over sin that tries to enslave us? How do we live by the Spirit or walk in the Spirit? How have you seen this bring victory in your life or the lives of others?

Monday, November 6 – I Peter 2:11; Matt 6:31-32; I Timothy 6:6-8

Tuesday, November 7 I John 2:15; I Peter 3:3-5

Wednesday, November 8 – Romans 7:15-23

Thursday, November 9 – Ps 42:5; II Peter 1:4

Friday, November 10 – Galatians 5:16-17; Daniel 6:10; Ps 119:164 

November 13 – November 17: We are a Beautiful People

Questions to consider:

  1. What does Peter mean by the pagan glorifying God because of the good deeds of beautiful peculiar people?
  2. How have your responses been recently to times when you have been misunderstood or mistreated? How can we better practice this beautiful peculiar life?

Monday, November 13 – I Peter 2:12; 3:1-2

Tuesday, November 14 – I Peter 3:1-2

Wednesday, November 15 – I Peter 2:21-23

Thursday, November 16 – Matt 5:43-45

Friday, November 17 – I Peter 2:9-12

What marks of a peculiar people is God calling you to especially work on or restore in your life? What is your plan to do so?

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