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Q: Where do you call home? What is the furthest you have ever been from home? What is the longest time you have ever been away from home? Did you ever feel homesick or out-of-place?  

The Bible teaches that for Christians this world is not our home. We will sometimes feel like foreigners in this world. But we can encouraged to remember: God made us exiles in this world when he gave us a home in himself.  

1 Peter 1:1-3 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead... 

Q: Have you ever felt like an exile in this world because you are a Christian? Share your experiences.  

1 Peter 1:4-5 ...to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 

Q: Do you often look forward to your home in God in heaven?  

1 Peter 1:6-7
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 

Q: What trials have you faced recently? Have you seen God use these trials to refine your faith?  

1 Peter 1:8-9, 13 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. ...Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 

In this life we should look ahead with joy and hope to our inheritance in Jesus. However our hearts are often led astray by a love for the world and things in this world (1 John 2:15-17). Q: Confessionally, what specifically is your heart prone to wander after?