May 21, 2023

The Unjust Suffering of Elect Exiles

Passage: 1 Peter 3:13-17

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.

  1. Fear of suffering would be gone
  2. Your hope in Christ would be constant
  3. People give a defense with gentleness and respect
  4. Your conscience is good
  5. Suffering for Good. Despite anything bad or good you have done.

Scripture Readings:

  • 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:

  1. What contributes to people struggling with self-worth?
  2. What contributes to people struggling with making decisions
  3. What are the possible reason that people care so deeply about what others think?
  4. What do you think are possible reasons why Christ is not big in people’s lives?
  5. 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.
  6. What does it look like to have no fear of harm? What attributes would that person have?
  7. How can we know for certain that we will be blessed for suffering for doing good?
  8. How does difficulty fuel us to live for righteousness in Christ
  9. What does a person’s life look like when their hope is constant?
  10. What does is look like when a person does not have their hope in Christ?
  11. How do fears and insecurities impact our hope in Christ?
  12. What kinds of things can we do if we were struggling more with our fears then our hope in Christ.
  13. How does honoring God as Holy impact our fears?
  14. What importance does it have for our lives to honor Christ our Lord as Holy?
  15. How does hope in Christ’s death, resurrection, ascension, and the second coming impact our daily fears
  16. How does Jesus rising from the dead and ascending change the world?
  17. What does it look like to be ready to talk about the hope of Christ without putting people to shame
  18. What contributes to people not being able to glorify God in how they engage with others?
  19. What are the reasons why people can have poor responses to people and come across like they are better than others?
  20. What does it look like to evangelize with hope and grace?
  21. How does the Bible explain what conscience is? How would we know if our conscience is off according to God or not?
  22. How do we know whether or not in big or small ways, we can figure out whether or not our conscience is off?
  23. 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?
  24. What contributes to people believing that suffering is the result of something bad?
  25. Wha tis the difference for suffering as a disciple verses a person who suffering as a result of punishment?
  26. What is the purpose of suffering in a Christian life?
  27. What is the difference between suffering for doing good or because of sin? How can we determine the difference?
  28. How does 1 Peter 1:6-7 help us better understand this passage?
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