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April 24, 2020

Sermon Discussion Questions: A People Refined to Rejoice

Dave Zuleger

Lead Pastor, South

The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon on April 26, “A People Refined to Rejoice” (1 Peter 1:6–9). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection. 


Introduction: Paradigm of Sorrowful and Rejoicing

  1. Purposefulness of Our Trials (1 Peter 1:6)
  2. Proving of Our Faith Through Trials (1 Peter1:7a)
  3. Preciousness of Our Faith From Trials (1 Peter 1:7b–9)

Application: Set Free from Pain Management

Discussion Questions

  • What does it mean to live in the paradigm of “sorrowful and rejoicing”? How does that free me to do both more fully?
  • Why are trials necessary? How long should we expect them to last?
  • What is God showing us about our faith in the midst of trials?
  • How do trials refine our faith like gold is refined in the fire? Why is our faith so precious?
  • Why will we receive“praise, glory, and honor” when Jesus appears?
  • How does our refined faith produce refined rejoicing?

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