Small Group Discussion Guide
-Truth or Consequences?-
What signs warn you that someone is lying or exaggerating when telling you a story? How about when trying to sell you something?
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?
• 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.