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“The Mystery of Suffering That Leads to Glory” by Pastor Tony

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Rock of Ages, 1 & 2 Peter Sermon Series
“The Mystery of Suffering That Leads to Glory” by Pastor Tony

February 23, 2020
If you have questions, contact Pastor Ric,

Below are some discussion questions relating to a recent sermon. These are provided so that your Life Group can discuss what was shared. Previous Weeks’ Discussion Guides and Sermon Notes are available through the Sermons under the Resources menu. Click on the sermon series and then the sermon you are interested in.  You will see a paper icon under the sermon title. Click the icon to open the sermon notes. To listen to the sermon, click on the speaker icon.

Context:   Peter’s epistles were written to love on and prepare the church to follow Jesus in spite of challenges realized and yet to come.  Peter, “the Rock”, is now in Rome, the epicenter of the known world. He is awaiting his time, but charging to the end, inspired by his “living hope”.  We should embrace this very charge ourselves!

Sermon Texts:   1 Peter 1:10-12 (central passage); Jeremiah 31:15; Zechariah 11:12, 13; 12:10; Isaiah 53:4-6, 11, 12; Psalm 22; 16:8-11; Luke 15:10; Hebrews 1:14; Revelation 7:9-17; Hebrews 10:19-25

Pastor Tony’s Take Aways:

  1. Suffering can lead to glory.

  2. Because Christ suffered, salvation comes to the many. The angels say, “Glory to God!”

  3. By faith, we experience this grace of God even in our suffering. We say, “Glory to God!”

  4. Because of this grace, the glory of Christ is on display through us! Both angels and saints say, “Glory to God!”


Leaders, please choose only the best question(s) for your group.
We are praying for you as you lead these discussions:

Discussion Guide: 

  1. As a Life Group:
  • Come to an agreement of a definition of the terms “suffering” and “glory” as they are used in our culture today.
  • How might this understanding differ from a biblical view of these terms?
  • Try this for further comparison: ask those in your oikos for their definitions. 
  1. As parents, it is difficult to watch our kids suffer. How do you think the heart of God reacts to our suffering?  Do you have any biblical support for your opinion?

  2. How have you experienced glory as a result of suffering in your life?

  3. After hearing the prophetic story of Christ’s sufferings anew, discuss your emotional response to this wonderful truth.

  4. All glory is something that ultimately goes to God alone. 
  • How/why should believers give God the glory He is due?
  • What happens if we don’t do this?
  1. In light of Hebrews 10:19-22, how does the amazing wonder of our freedom to confidently go to God exist as a form of glory both to God and his church?
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“Refined by the Fire of Trials” by Pastor Randy

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Life Group Discussion Guide

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Rock of Ages, 1 & 2 Peter Sermon Series
“Refined by the Fire of Trials” by Pastor Randy

February 16, 2020
If you have questions, contact Pastor Ric,

Below are some discussion questions relating to a recent sermon. These are provided so that your Life Group can discuss what was shared. Previous Weeks’ Discussion Guides and Sermon Notes are available through the Sermons under the Resources menu. Click on the sermon series and then the sermon you are interested in.  You will see a paper icon under the sermon title. Click the icon to open the sermon notes. To listen to the sermon, click on the speaker icon.

Context:  Who is Jesus?  Who is Peter? These are great questions to have answers to as we pursue our life in Christ and study 1&2 Peter.  Peter’s epistles were written to love on and prepare the church to follow Jesus in spite of challenges realized and yet to come.  Peter, “the Rock”, is now in Rome, the epicenter of the known world. He is awaiting his time, but charging to the end, inspired by his “living hope”.  We should embrace this very charge ourselves! Today our study with Pastor Randy is about the refiner’s fire and how it shapes us to be more like Jesus.

Sermon Texts:   Matthew 14:22-33; 1 Peter 1:7-9

Leaders, please choose only the best question(s) for your group.
We are praying for you as you lead these discussions:

Pastor Randy’s Take Aways:

  1. God wants to refine us, but it is our choice whether we want to be refined.
  2. Our trying experiences today are preparing us to reflect Him more.
  3. Great faith simply believes truths that are difficult to believe.

Discussion Guide: 

  1. Early in your Christian faith, with what truths in Scripture, life, and theology did you struggle to believe? What happened that caused you to finally believe without doubting? Are you still wrestling with some of these truths?

  2. Share a time when a truth from Scripture became more real to you because it intersected with a personal experience.

  3. God has a design for the trials we face in life.  What makes it hard to embrace His design? 

  4. Pastor/Author John Piper said, “The Gospels are better than being there!”  Share a moment while reading the Gospels when you received a fresh glimpse of who Jesus is.

  5. How do you see your life reflecting the image of Christ more today than a year ago? 
  • How would those in your oikos see this difference?
  • If you have experienced trials in your life, how would your oikos see a difference in how a believer relies on faith, “seeing what we cannot see”?
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