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Last week Chris preached on John 15:12-17 about Christ’s commandment to us to “love one another”. This week we will be in John 15:18-16:4 in a passage of scripture where the message to us is “the world will hate you”. Why was this message given? This should make for great discussion in CG’s and a great opportunity for us to examine what life in this world should (will) look like for a believer in Christ.
Key Passages: John 15:18-16:4, 2 Timothy 3:12, 1 Peter 2:11-12, 1 Peter 3:13-17
Other: __________________________ Resource: www.gotquestions.org/Christian-persecution.html
- Review the primary sermon points to refresh the message (or have a volunteer do this). Re-read John 15:18-16:4.
- Regarding v19 (of Jn 15), do you feel “hated by the world”? In what way(s)?
- Should it be our goal then as Christians to be “hated by the world”? (no but we shouldn’t be surprised by it) Read 1 Peter 3:13-17; what do these verses tell us about persecution? (don’t fear those who are against you, honor Christ, be prepared to share, be gentle and respectful)
- Read 1 Peter 2:11-12. You hear Christians say “this world is not our home”, what are your thoughts about this? Should we view this world as our “home”? (yes and no)
- Read Gen 1:31 and Eph 4:1. What does Gen 1:31 say about this world? What does Paul “urge” us to in Eph 4:1? (to “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called”)
- Consider these 2 phrases, “so heavenly focused, no earthly good” or “so earthly focused, no heavenly good”. What’s is the right biblical balance of a heavenly (eternal) perspective & earthly good (purpose)?
- Ask what other personal observations or takeaways your group had from the scripture or sermon.
Pray for the people of The Mount to stand humbly in the face of persecution and with confidence and gentleness be prepared to share the hope that we profess in Jesus.