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 do not 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 you have given your life to Christ, you are a new creation. What does this mean? What happens to us when we believe in Christ? In this series, we are looking at seven gifts God gives you when you commit your life to Christ. Today we look at the gift of citizenship.
(The goal is to grow in our relationship with Christ and each other. It is ok if you don’t cover every question.)
1. Share a few words that come to mind when you think about citizenship in this country.
2. Would you say that you think more about your rights and privileges as a citizen of this country, or your rights and privileges as a citizen of God’s kingdom? Why?
3. Have a volunteer read Philippians 3:20-21. What does “heavenly citizenship” mean? How does being a citizen of God’s kingdom impact your daily life?
4. What do verses 20-21 tell us about the goal of spiritual growth—of God’s work in our lives? How does this goal motivate you to pursue Christ today?
5. What habits and behavioral patterns identify you as a citizen of the kingdom of heaven?
6. What do you look forward to the most when you think about eternity?
7. Reflect on the great privilege you have as a citizen of the kingdom of heaven. How does the priority you give to serving Christ faithfully give evidence of your gratitude for that privilege?
Being a citizen grants access, has great benefits, gives an inheritance, and gives us Christ's authority. These are great things that only citizenship guarantees. What kingdom is dominating you?
"Above all, you must live as citizens of Heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News. Philippians 1:27 CSB
Pray that in the midst of your roles that encompass family, work, and social contacts, you will be obedient to God’s desire to transform you daily. Thank God for the freedom from sin and death available to believers in Christ through the gospel and for the hope you have that one day this transformation will be complete. Pray that in this new year, you will be continually renewed in your pursuit of Christ.