We have been looking at the Kingdom of Heaven as explained in the parables of the wheat and tares, mustard seed, yeast, and treasure. In Matthew 18, Jesus speaks about the Kingdom in the parable of the unforgiving servant. Forgiveness is the core message of the Gospel. Does your life reflect your embrace of God’s forgiveness?
What would you do if all your debts were cancelled?
The Kingdom of Heaven is real – it is “now, but not yet”. As citizens of His Kingdom, Peter describes believers as a “royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession”. How does your identity in Christ affect the way you live in His Kingdom?
Read 1 Peter 2:1-10. List the sins you are to ‘get rid of’ in verses 1-2. Discuss as a group the meaning of each one, then read 1 Peter 2:1-3 in The Living Bible (on the back). Did the TLB version change your understanding of any of the sins listed?
How do you rid yourself of these sins? What are some practical ways to fulfill this command?
Small beginnings can have a huge impact in the Kingdom of Heaven. Pastor Joe shared this on Sunday as he looked at the parables of the mustard seed and yeast. God’s Kingdom is upside-down…He chooses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise and the weak things to shame the strong (1 Corinthians 1:27). He specializes in doing big things through small beginnings – which we also see in the life of Gideon in the Book of Judges.
We live in a “bigger is better” world. Discuss with your group ways we see that displayed.