“The Clear Sign of Happiness” – audio sermon and study guide

09 Oct

Wordserve Logo_COLORWordServe Church Study Guide for Oct 12, 2014

Getting Started

– If you had to give an abbreviated version of Sunday’s message, what two points or ideas would you include no matter what?

– Have you personally experienced (or witnessed) suffering because of Christ? Describe the situation.

Digging Deeper

Read 1 Peter 3:13-17, Romans 5:3-8, and Matthew 16:21-27

These readings reflect 3 different views on suffering from Peter, Paul, and Jesus. Use these 3 examples to answer the following questions:

– Describe some of the ways these three suffered:

– What were their motives for facing suffering?

– What were their desired outcomes as a result of suffering?

— Could these results be accomplished without suffering? Why or why not?

— Would you say they “suffered successfully?” Explain how you arrived at your response.

– Did God cause their suffering? If yes, why? If no, what was the cause of their suffering?

– What do you take away from these three experiences with suffering?

Taking It Home

– Do you agree or disagree that one can suffer and still be “blessed?” Explain your response.

– Does the fact that Jesus tells it like it is encourage you, or discourage you (e.g., you will suffer, the world will hate you)? Explain your response.

– Are there ways that Jesus followers can prepare now for suffering and persecution? List your ideas.

– How would you prioritize the list above: are some preparations more important? Which items on the list will you commit to do now?


  • Quotations to stir the heart and mind on “Blessed are those who are persecuted…” from Christianity Today
  • The Theology of Work Project: “Blessed are those who are persecuted…”

More cool Australian accents from Plan Be: blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness.


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