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Happiness is a Choice - Week 7: Persecuted for Righteousness Sake

Happiness is a Choice - Week 7: Persecuted for Righteousness Sake

Series: Happiness is a Choice: Discovering What Actually Makes Us Happy

Key Passage: Matthew 5:10-12

Speaker: Nate Wagner

Discussion Questions


Getting Started


Which one of the beatitudes is most difficult for you to embrace?

What does religious persecution look like in the US today?

How does it look different in other countries around the world?


Study Read Matthew 5:1-12 & I Peter 2:20-24


Which of the eight beatitudes is the most challenging for you to embrace?  Why?

In Matthew 5:10-12 Jesus gives us one of the most challenging elements to happiness.  What makes it so difficult for us, particularly in America?

In I Peter 2:20-24 Peter offers perspective to new Jesus followers that were dealing with incredible persecution.  How would you summarize his encouragement to them?

Why are we so often prone to allow resistance or discomfort to keep us from doing what is right?  What does it take to push through that?  

Peter uses Jesus as the ultimate example of one who was persecuted for righteousness sake.  He then calls us to follow His lead?  Is this a fair expectations? Is it even possible?


Consider    Respond to each of these.  Agree?  Disagree?  Why?


We will inevitably suffer for either doing right or for doing wrong. Happiness only comes from suffering for doing right. 

An authentic Christian life is impossible to live without experience some form of persecution.  Happiness comes from both expecting and embracing it when it comes.




Being persecuted for righteousness sake means allowing yourself to be the offended party, be treated unfairly, or miss out for the sake of Christ.  How do I begin to apply this in my current situation?  (Work, Home, Church, Community, etc.)  

Giving Up Your Rights For His Renown