Small Group Lesson:

Read 1 Peter 2:11-12 
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

Sunday we talked about living as foreigners and how Christians live differently than the world. Q: Do you have any stories of people knowing you were a Christians based on your actions alone? 

Read 1 Peter 1:18-19 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.

Q: How has God freed you from the ways of your ancestors? In other words, how have has following Jesus' made you different from the culture or your family? 
Q: How do you want to change in the future to be different from your culture or family? 

Read 1 Peter 1:14-16 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

Q: How have your passions changed since becoming a Christian? 

Read 1 Peter 2:2-3 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.  
This is a command to "crave God" and "crave Christian nourishment.”  

Q: What do you do when you don't crave God? 

Read 1 Peter 1:22-23 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;

Q: Do you ever take a tatemae of insincere love to church? What's the solution to this problem? 

Read 1 Peter 1:17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile

Read Proverbs 1:7a The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;

Q: When you hear, "Fear God" how do you feel? Do you feel you actually have a healthy fear of God? How does your fear of God manifest itself in daily life?