1 Peter 2:13-17
1 Peter 2:16 (ESV)
Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.
1. What difference does it make that you, as a believer, are free from:
a. The devil? How much do you think about the devil? How much do you fear him? Should you fear him at all even though he is a roaring lion seeking to devour you? What passages teach this freedom?
b. Sin? If you are no longer a slave to sin, then how hopeful do you feel about getting victory over lifelong sinful habits? What passages teach this freedom?
c. Death? What has God turned death into for the believer? How is it possible to sorrow and still not fear death? What passages teach this freedom?
2. What difference does it make that you as a believer are free to:
a. Love God? Why could you never do anything out of love for God before you were free to live “for the Lord’s sake”? What is the difference in your fear of God now that you are a believer compared to when you were an unbeliever?
b. Respond properly to God-ordained civil authority? Do you find it harder to have a godly attitude toward Obama or Trump? (Please don’t let this issue take the majority of your small group discussion time!)
c. Serve everybody? What difference does it make to you that your worst human enemy is made in God’s image? How do you reconcile this with the biblical concept of capital punishment?
3. What is the biggest lesson you learned about your freedom from this passage?