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-Truth or Consequences?-

ICE-BREAKER:

What signs warn you that someone is lying or exaggerating when telling you a story? How about when trying to sell you something?

DISCUSSION:

1. Read Matthew 26:33, 35, 69-75; Mark 16:7. Peter passionately declares his loyalty to Jesus but later lies about even knowing him. Jesus knew all along what would happen but did not give up on Peter.

  • Why do you think Peter said what he did to Jesus?

  • Why did he lie once Jesus was arrested?

  • What do the angel’s words to the women tell us about Peter after the crucifixion?

2. Read 1 Peter 2:1. What had Peter learned from his experience around Jesus’ death and resurrection?

3. Read Matthew 5:33-37.

  • What is at the heart of Jesus’ words?

  • What is the internal standard expected of Jesus’ followers when it comes to integrity?

  • What do I personally need to die to, in order to let my ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and my ‘no’ be ‘no’?

4. Where am I afraid that the truth will not be enough? [In my marriage? In my job? With my finances? With my reputation?]

5. For each of the following, rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 is terrible, 10 is perfect)

  • Read Proverbs 10:10; Proverbs 28:23. Do you tell the truth completely?

  • Read Ephesians 4:25; Proverbs 11:3. Do you tell the truth consistently?

  • Read Ephesians 4:15; Ephesians 4:29. Do you tell the truth lovingly?

  • Read Proverbs 12:18; Proverbs 16:23. Do you tell the truth tactfully?

APPLICATION:

• Look at the above 4 areas (speaking the truth completely, consistently, lovingly and tactfully)... what step can you take this week to improve your weakest area?

• Is there anyone I’ve lied to, where I need to go back and confess and tell them the truth? If so, make a plan to set things right.

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