Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on September 29 , 2019
Passage: 1 John 3:1-2; 1 Peter 2:9-10
This Sunday, Mike continued our series on identity by explaining some of the new realities that are ours as children of God through faith in Christ. He also explained that we are still in the process of living up fully to our newfound identity.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
If you could wear any costume for Halloween and change your identity for one night, who would you want to be and why?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. In 1 John 3:1-2, John says “that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” He goes on to says that “we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not appeared” in reference to the day we will be perfected in the presence of Jesus. Notice he says “what we WILL be” is not yet a reality. While in this world, we will often fall to live up to who we really are. This is a process that theologians call sanctification. What can you learn about this process from the following passages?
Philippians 1:6 (ESV)
6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Romans 12:1-2 (ESV)
1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (ESV)
23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.
2 Corinthians 3:18 (ESV)
18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
- What is the most encouraging truth that you found in the verses above about the process of growing in Christlikeness?
- Do you think God ever loses His patience with our progress or lack thereof? What scripture can you back up your answer with?
2. Read the following passage in Hebrews and write down some truths about how God treats His children during the process of growing up into our identity.
Hebrews 12:4-11 (ESV)
4 In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. 6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” 7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
- What encourages you most from the above passage?
- What does this passage say about God’s patience towards us when we are not living up to our identity?
- What did you learn about God from this passage?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?