Don’t forget to take your bulletin home with you each week. The new section on the back, “Taking the Message Home,” is intended for your continued reflection on the sermon long after it’s over. Take time to pursue the questions on the back and answer them personally or discuss them with your spouse and children. The questions this week are not easy, and should not be brushed aside. Take time and consider. Ask more questions, seek out answers in the Bible and from godly saints around you. The more time we spend chewing on the Word, with our heart’s open to the its leading, the more we can anticipate to see the Spirit transformative power in our midst.
The “Taking the Message Home” section from last Sunday is posted below.
Taking the Message Home
In our passage this morning, Peter says there’s a rich harmony between the predictions of the prophets of the Old Testament and the message of the New Testament.
- First, do you believe the message of the Old Testament is in harmony with the message of the New Testament? Why or why not?
- If you believe there is a harmony of message between the Old and New Testament, take a moment to summarize that harmony in a sentence or two. (Hint: Peter gives you a lot of help in verse 11!)
- If you do not believe there is a message of harmony between the Old and New Testament, what would you say is the purpose of the Scripture, if there is one? If you would like help thinking through this more, do no hesitate to seek out one of the elders of Cornerstone to discuss this further.
Peter sets before us a pattern of suffering unto glory, which Jesus also affirmed in his teaching and life. However, if you look closely at the Scripture’s teaching, we see that suffering is a complex reality. It cannot easily be explained. A few questions I often receive from inquiring members:
- If the Biblical pattern is suffering unto glory, does that mean that suffering is good in and of itself?
- The Bible is clear. There is a difference between suffering born of sin or wrongdoing, and suffering coming from righteousness (I Peter 3:17). Can good come through suffering caused by sin? Why or why not?
- In what ways can suffering be a stumbling block to trusting Christ?
- How would you answer the question, “Why did God permit the recent tornado outbreak, 9/11, or the Holocaust?”
- Take a few moments to read Luke 13:1-5, Matthew 16:21-23, and John 9:1-12. How would these passages help in addressing some of the good but difficult questions above?