1 Peter – Finding the Real You
Growth Group Discussion Questions
Week #8:  February 26
“Life as a Foreigner”

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Describe a time when you felt homesick. 

What did God impress on your heart from the weekend message?

(Tiny groups of 3-5 people, all-men & all-women)

Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for these desires exists. A baby feels hunger; well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim; well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire; well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.
-C.S. Lewis, (Mere Christianity, Bk. III, chap. 10, "Hope")

1.  Respond to the above quote. Do you agree? Do you think our dissatisfaction with this life means we were created for another place, and we are foreigners in this world?

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.   Philippians 3:20-21 (NIV)

2. What does it mean to have our “citizenship in heaven”? Do you think you understand this deeply enough for it to affect your life choices?

3. If your life was centered on the day of Jesus’ return, how would it affect your priorities? Your “to do” list? Your thought life? Your motives? Your goals, etc...

4. Rabbit Trial question:  In Heaven we’ll get new, glorified bodies. How can this help you with issues of health, vanity, getting older, etc.

And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming. 1 John 2:28 (NIV)

5. Remembering that James is addressing Christians here (“dear children”), what would make a person unashamed when Jesus returns? What would make them ashamed?

6. If Jesus came back right now, are there things you give your time and energy to that you would regret on that day? Explain.

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.  Titus 2:11-14 (NIV)

7. How does the grace of God and salvation in Christ teach us to say “no” to wordly passions?  How does the Gospel give us a motive beyond simple “moralizing” (e.g.. you better be good!)?

8. Jesus’ return (“..while we wait for the blessed hope”) is connected to saying “no” to worldly passions. Explain why this is.

9. What does it mean to be “eager to do good”? Do you struggle with this? Are you typically eager, reluctant, too busy, distracted, or..? Explain why you think this is.

Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone. Titus 3:1-2 (NIV)

10. List the aspects of Holy Living in the above verse. In what ways does this challenge you and how you treat others?

11. How would you define “doing good”?

• Do you see yourself living as if this world were your true home? If not, are you willing to make changes? Why or why not?
• What is the key to saying “no” to worldly desires? What desires do you say “yes” to that need to change?
• What is the key to saying “yes” to doing good?
• Pray with each other over these things.