WordServe Church Study Guide for Oct 12, 2014
- Sermon Title: “The Clear Sign of Happiness” (Dr. Nolan Donald)
- Audio Link (check HERE on Sunday afternoon for the latest sermon)
- Sermon Scripture: Matthew 5:10-12
- Additional Study Texts: 1 Peter 3:13-17, Romans 5:3-8, and Matthew 16:21-27
– 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.
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.