The Unjust Suffering of Elect Exiles
This sermon answers the question: “What does it look like if Christ were Big and everyone around you were Small?” Pastor Phill proposes Five Answers to this question.
- Fear of suffering would be gone
- Your hope in Christ would be constant
- People give a defense with gentleness and respect
- Your conscience is good
- Suffering for Good. Despite anything bad or good you have done.
- 1st scripture reading (Luke 6:20-36)
- Assurance of Pardon (Luke 15:7)
- 2nd Scripture reading (Isaiah 8:11-15)
- Benediction (Romans 8:37-39)
Embassy Sermon Discussion Questions:
- What contributes to people struggling with self-worth?
- What contributes to people struggling with making decisions
- What are the possible reason that people care so deeply about what others think?
- What do you think are possible reasons why Christ is not big in people’s lives?
- What do you think it was like when Christ is big in someone’s lives? Give an example of a person who you think has Christ as big in their life.
- What does it look like to have no fear of harm? What attributes would that person have?
- How can we know for certain that we will be blessed for suffering for doing good?
- How does difficulty fuel us to live for righteousness in Christ
- What does a person’s life look like when their hope is constant?
- What does is look like when a person does not have their hope in Christ?
- How do fears and insecurities impact our hope in Christ?
- What kinds of things can we do if we were struggling more with our fears then our hope in Christ.
- How does honoring God as Holy impact our fears?
- What importance does it have for our lives to honor Christ our Lord as Holy?
- How does hope in Christ’s death, resurrection, ascension, and the second coming impact our daily fears
- How does Jesus rising from the dead and ascending change the world?
- What does it look like to be ready to talk about the hope of Christ without putting people to shame
- What contributes to people not being able to glorify God in how they engage with others?
- What are the reasons why people can have poor responses to people and come across like they are better than others?
- What does it look like to evangelize with hope and grace?
- How does the Bible explain what conscience is? How would we know if our conscience is off according to God or not?
- How do we know whether or not in big or small ways, we can figure out whether or not our conscience is off?
- What does it look like for us to know the Bible and apply the Bible to our lives to make sure our conscience is good?
- What contributes to people believing that suffering is the result of something bad?
- Wha tis the difference for suffering as a disciple verses a person who suffering as a result of punishment?
- What is the purpose of suffering in a Christian life?
- What is the difference between suffering for doing good or because of sin? How can we determine the difference?
- How does 1 Peter 1:6-7 help us better understand this passage?