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August 16, 2018

Sermon Discussion Questions: The Doctrine of Hell

Jason Meyer

Pastor for Preaching & Vision

The following discussion questions have been prepared to accompany the sermon on August 18/19, “The Doctrine of Hell” (Mark 9:42–50, Part 2). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.

The suffering of hell is ...

  1. Unending
  2. Incomparable
  3. Real

Main Point: Don’t exclude a fellow believer and cause him or her to stumble, because eternal punishment is at stake.

The sermon will summarize and re-examine each point from the July 28/29 sermon, and we will apply them and answer potential objections.

Discussion Questions

  • How does modern America view the doctrine of hell? How is that view different from the view of Jesus?
  • The sermon used three words to describe the suffering of hell. What were these words? How can they be seen in the text of Mark?
  • What are the three most common objections to hell, which were addressed in the sermon? If a friend or family member stated these objections, how could we respond to each one?

Application Questions

  • Has the doctrine of hell factored into your understanding of the character of God? How can this doctrine help strengthen your relationship with God and your adoration of his attributes?
  • Has the doctrine of hell factored into your understanding of the just nature of God’s forgiveness? How can this doctrine reignite your thanksgiving for such a great salvation? How can this doctrine reignite a sense of urgency to reach the lost?
  • What can you take from this message and share with others in your life?

Prayer Focus
Pray for a grace to soar in gospel thanksgiving by seeing afresh what we are saved from, what we are saved by, and what we are saved for.

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