In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said “be perfect as your Father is perfect.” Peter, who was certainly present, later repeats/quotes something very similar: “Be holy, as I am holy.” How is that possible? How do we grow toward something seemingly impossible? Use the following Renew Questions for your own personal “soul work” or group study based upon today’s sermon from 1 Peter 1:13-16.
1) Have you ever signed up for something (a class, a club, a team, a project, etc.) and it wasn’t what you thought it was going to be or a lot harder than you anticipated? Did you drop out or quit because of it? If you stuck with it, how were you able to see your commitment through to the end?
2) Name something you are looking forward to in your future that gives you the incentive to keep pressing on.
3) What is the BIG IDEA of today’s message entitled “Perfection?” Listen here at http://www.springroad.org/#/sermons-studies
What LIE might the Enemy try to get you to believe that goes against the Big Idea?
4) Do you ever remember a time when you obeyed an instruction, even if you didn’t understand why or didn’t want to? Why did you obey? Who was instructing you?
5) How does your mind and body challenge your obedience to Christ?
6) Can you think of something at which you think you are perfect (or near perfect)?
7) My piano teacher once stopped my hands in a lesson and said this (in response to me performing something incorrectly over and over): “Practice does NOT make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.” When is a time that you simply had to go back to basics and slow WAY down in deliberate rehearsal in order to get something right?
8) Name something difficult (a race, an exam, a presentation) for which you had to prepare? How did you prepare for it? Did focusing on the end result help make the preparation easier to undergo?
9) In your spiritual life, have you ever reached a point of exhaustion because you were expending all your energy from your own resources rather than Christ’s? How does Galatians 2:20 speak to this?
How do we practically live out Galatians 2:20 everyday?
10) Do you ever get discouraged that maybe you aren’t making progress on your spiritual journey like you should? Is today’s text 1 Peter 1:13-16 encouraging or discouraging? Why?
11) Famous preacher Fred Craddock once defined holiness as: “How has God behaved toward us? That is what it means to be holy in all our relationships.” What’s the hardest relationship for you to practice holiness in right now?
Scripture Memory: Galatians 2:20
Privately name 1 mental & 1 physical hurdle in your current spiritual journey. Schedule 1 hour to go on a walk and specifically talk with Jesus about these. Place your hope in your future with Him as you allow Him to deal with your current circumstance.