“Mistaken Identity: Week 2”
Small Groups at Lakeland exist to make disciples who make disciples in relational environments as we live out the four habits – accountability, shepherding, developing others, and on mission.
ICEBREAKER (optional): What is your favorite sandwich?
Watch this week’s Small Group Conversation Starter from Pastor Josh
DISCUSSION STARTER (optional): Let’s start by asking if anyone has a specific takeaway from this weekend’s message that they’d like to share.
- Josh’s final questions in the video…Where is it that you are carrying a pauper mindset? How are you being challenged as you think of yourselves as royalty? (Note: Recap of the differences between a prince and a pauper mindset – significance vs. insignificant, owners vs. lacking, speaks on behalf of the King vs. lacking voice, confidence vs. insecurity)
- As disciples of Jesus, 1 Peter 2:9 reminds us that we are a “royal priesthood.” (Note: Exodus 19:1-9 is an Old Testament example of Israel being called a royal priesthood) If you are/were an artist, how would you draw a royal priest? What image would you try to create? What colors would you use?
- How does God’s view of royalty differ from our modern day view of royalty? How about priesthood? What would God say to us about these differences?
- Read Galatians 3:23-29. This passage highlights the exchange between the Old Testament law and Jesus. Different translations say that the law is our guardian, tutor, and has placed us under protective custody. Why do you think Paul describes the law in this way?
- Reread verse 25. Do you feel that Paul is eliminating, downsizing, or reframing the importance of the law when Jesus arrives on the scene? Explain your answer. (Leader’s note: This question is designed to create tension. Paul is not eliminating the importance of the law or Old Testament.)
- This passage identifies us as “children of God” and “heirs.” Why might this have been a revolutionary thought for first century disciples? What was their standing with God measure by under the law? What is it measured by with Jesus?
- We aren’t simply associated with Jesus. As disciples, we are identified in Him. Whatever is true about Him is true about us! So finish these sentences: If Jesus is an heir of God then we _________________. If Jesus stands righteous before God then we ___________________. If Jesus has full access to the throne of God then we _________________. If Jesus has authority over spiritual powers of darkness then we __________. (Note: You can also personalize this by using names instead of “we”)
- How do these truths help you see yourself differently?
- Reread verse 28. When God’s people realize their royalty, they begin to see other believers as royalty as well. Author John Stott says this, “When we say that Christ has removed these distinctions, we mean not that they do not exist, but that they no longer create any barriers between believers.” Are there any barriers that exist between you and another believer? Learn to see them as royalty and co-heirs.
Close in prayer. Consider praying in smaller groups or pairs.