Christian on Trial – Week 1

1 Peter 1:1-2
“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.”

Study Question:        What does it mean to be a citizen the Kingdom of God?

The earth is not your home – Jesus said that He is preparing our home for us

John 14:1-3
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

The confession of Roman citizens was: “Caesar is Lord!”, but when someone got saved, his confession would be “Jesus Christ is Lord.” This brought huge opposition from their friends and family members.

What were their options?

  1. Some were enticed to compromise on the Word of God and their personal convictions
  2. Some were compelled to privatize their faith (just keep your Christianity a secret)
  3. Some were considering giving up their faith altogether
  4. Others were attracted to fundamentalism (forming a holy-huddle of believers allowing no un-saved people in)
  5. Or, living as an exile

We have two choices

  1. Fear man (like Peter)
  2. Fear God (like Peter!)

Proverbs 9:10
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

Job 28:28
“And he said to man, `The fear of the Lord–that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.’”

Psalm 33:16-21
“No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save. But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.”

Application (questions to take home)

  1. In what ways are you at times like the believers Peter was writing to?
  2. How does the idea of being an alien, a stranger, a foreigner feel to you?
  3. How does our identity in God change the way we look at life?
  4. Where have you become too “at home” in this world?
  5. In what ways do you respond when you are sinned against?

~ by jakesolivier on March 18, 2009.

One Response to “Christian on Trial – Week 1”

  1. I really enjoyed homegroup last night and the series we are going through now. It was especially good chatting about how to handle our old friends with regards to the contact we have with them, the choices we make when around them and just being the light that is not hidden under the bowl… very helpful.

    There are friends and there are “friends”. Learning to hear the Holy Spirit is key in knowing who to help, who not to help, who to let slide away, who to embrace etc…

    Also, learning not to compromise.. do we fear hurt and rejection or do we fear God’s judgement. To get made fun of by friends is nothing compared to being crucified upside down as they did in the old days.

    Looking forward to next week!

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