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Uncomfortable | Week 2: Sanctified

Raise your hand if you like it when people refer to you as different, peculiar, strange, or foreign? These are a few of the descriptors used to describe followers of Jesus in the Bible. These are also some of the more mild adjectives that are given to followers of Jesus today.  We prefer to think of ourselves as being set apart for a purpose. Set apart from the profane and dedicated to the things of God; those who are striving for holiness. But either way, this is often uncomfortable in our every day interactions.

 

READ 1 Thessalonians 5:23

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

READ this passage again and consider these related questions.

 

How are we sanctified?

 

Why is important to realize that being sanctified is not based on merit or works?

 

What is the role of works in being sanctified?

 

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

 

Read 1 Peter 2:9-12

 

1. Look at verse 9. Take a few moments and discuss each of the four descriptors of someone who is sanctified.

 

2. The second part of v.9 and v.10 paint a picture of regeneration. Why should this result be seen as a place to start rather than an ending point?

 

3. What does the reference to being foreigners and exiles relate to in verse 11?

 

4. How do sinful desires wage against your soul?

 

5. Compare v.12 to Matthew 5:14-16. How does a consistent Christian witness impact the unbeliever? 

 

Read Romans 12:2

 

6. Describe how sanctification is imbedded in this passage.

 

7. Discuss the second part of this verse. How does living a sanctified life lead to recognizing God’s will for you?

 

8. Read 1 Peter 1:13-16. What is the link between holiness and sanctification?