Stranger In Values Study Guide

Stranger In Values Study Guide

“Holiness has never been the driving force of the majority. It is, however, mandatory for anyone who wants to enter the kingdom.”
– Elisabeth Elliot

1 Peter 2:9-12
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. 11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, 12 having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. (NKJV)

  • What does verse 9 mean to you?
    • According to verse 9, what is the purpose of being God’s holy nation, His own special people?
  • What does it mean that we are “sojourners and pilgrims”?
    • Why is this a motivation and reason to abstain from fleshly lusts?
  • According to verse 12, what is a purpose given again for living a holy and honorable life in this world?

Philippians 3:17-21
17 Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. 18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. (NKJV)

  • According to this passage, who are the “enemies of the cross of Christ”?
    • What do you think it means that “their god is their belly”?
  • What do you think it means to set our mind on earthly things?
    • Does this mean that all earthly things are bad?
  • What does it mean that our “citizenship is in heaven”?
    • How do you think this truth should affect our day to day lives?
    • What is one way that you can let this truth affect your actions today?

1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit. (NKJV)

  • What is sanctification?
    • Why do you think sanctification is the will of God for you?
    • According to verse 8, what are those who reject living a life of holiness doing?
  • Would you say that you “know how to possess your vessel in sanctification and honor”?
    • Why or why not?
  • Take some time in prayer to ask the Holy Spirit to show you if there are any areas of your life that are not holy and honorable to God. If you are struggling with a specific sin, who have you talked to about it? Who is helping you through it? (James 5:16)

Romans 12:1-2
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (NKJV)

  • How do you think we present our bodies to God as living sacrifices?
    • Why do you think this is referred to as our reasonable service?
  • What do you think it means to be “conformed to this world”?
    • What does it mean to be transformed? How are we transformed?
  • What can we do to get our minds renewed?

1 John 2:15-17
15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. (NKJV)

  • What do you think it means to “love the world”?
    • What do you think is the determining factor in whether we love something of the world in an unhealthy way?
      • What does verse 17 tell us about the pursuits and desires of the world that we can so easily be consumed with?
  • Reflection: Are there any areas of your own life where you are “loving the world”?
  • Prayer: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10) Lord help me to love you more and keep you first in my heart. Help me to love what you love and hate what you hate. Put your desires and values in me.


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