By Dan Lentz
1. If you had the freedom and resources to take a class or develop a skill to do something you cannot do now, what would it be?
Read 1 Peter 1:3-16.
2. How would you explain the inheritance described in these verses to someone who is unfamiliar with Jesus?
3. Give some practical examples of what it means to “Be holy because I am holy.”
4. How have the trials you’ve been through lately proven and refined your faith?
5. Ask each member of your group to respond to the question, “What spiritual discipline or character trait would you like to develop more fully?” After every group member has responded, have the group briefly brainstorm ideas for how these desires can become reality. (For instance, one group member may say he wants to develop a more disciplined prayer life. The group could encourage this member by suggesting that he seek a prayer accountability partner.)
6. Distribute paper and pens and encourage group members to share prayer requests; but rather than pray out loud, ask members to write out their prayers. Let your prayers focus on today’s Scripture and the shared requests.
Dan Lentz works for the Small Group Network in Whitestown, Indiana.