New Beginnings

A New Journey

If we don’t know who we are, we’ll never know how we ought to live. God’s promise is true: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

If we don’t know who we are, we’ll never know how we ought to live. God’s promise is true: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

February 7, 2021
by
Craig Walker
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Introduction

The previous messages in this series all build up to the New Journey. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17) The reason we learned about all these “new” characteristics was to begin our journey, our pilgrimage. Are you a pilgrim or a settler? We should remind ourselves that we are pilgrims, not settlers. The temptation in this life is to settle, to take root in the wrong soil. We were not "made new"to be planted here.

Discussion Questions

(The goal is to grow in our relationship with Christ and each other. It is ok if you don’t cover every question.)

1. Who would you identify as the most formative model of following Christ in your life? What specific actions or character traits do you recall the most about that person?

2. What particular areas of God’s redemptive work in the world are you most passionate about?

3. Have a volunteer read 1 Peter 2:9-12. What does it mean to you that, if you are a Christ follower, you are a part of a holy nation of God’s choosing? What does it mean to be a citizen somewhere?

4. How do you think Peter’s redefining the believers as their own community impacted their sense of alienation? How does it inform your own understanding of your involvement in biblical community?

5. How often do you get the sense, as you walk through the surrounding community, that you somehow don’t belong here? Where do you most often get such a sense?

6. How have you found involvement in biblical community to be helpful in abstaining from the desires of the flesh that Peter described?

7. Who in your life helps you abstain from the desires of the flesh? How well do you think you know the particular areas in which you need the most help abstaining? Is it an act, habit, or attitude? Do you allow others to speak into your life in those areas?

Moving Forward

"You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow, and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. "Matthew 7:13-14 

Changing Your Mind

God delivered Israel out of bondage, out of Egypt, and led them for 40 years through the hard desert until they reached their destination - the promised land. We have to stay on the journey and not look back!

Prayer

Pray that God would empower our group to further live in light of our identity in Christ. Pray that your character would line up with this true identity. Ask that our lives on this new journey would point to our citizenship in heaven.

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