Summary: As Christians, we will encounter hardships because of our faith. However, we have One who will not forsake us. He will vindicate us one day for all eternity.
1. For a recap, even the greatest of the prophets (John the Baptist) is prone to doubt. Who are some other mighty saints that were prone to doubt? See 1 Kings 18 & 19 for an example. Note how far he fell after a mighty victory.
2. Speaking of Elijah, what comfort can we take from James 5:17?
3. Speaking of comfort, see verse 28. What major advantage do we have over John the Baptist and any other Old Testament saints? See John 16:7 and Ephesians 1:13-15
4. Why was John the Baptist in jail to begin with? See Luke 3:19-20. What implications might this have in our own lives? See also II Timothy 3:12
5. Can bold proclamation have lasting effect...even upon the unsaved? See Matthew 14:12
6. As we've seen with John the Baptist, God can allow persecution to strengthen our faith. Who are some notable saints that we can learn from? See Daniel 3, Acts 4:19-21, Acts 5:38-42 and 2 Timothy 4:9-18
7. Even if we're to perish for the Lord, what's the only fear that we should have? See Luke 12:4-5
8. John the Baptist provides us with insight on how we can minister to others. What was a key, perhaps the key, to his ministry? See John 3:30 . How does this tie into the book "Embrace Obscurity"?
9. What is so telling about the 2 responses to the message in verses 29 & 30?
10. Speaking of that generation, what was the problem they faced/created in verses 31-32 ? What's the significance of this and do we see this happening today too?
11. What was the complaint against John the Baptist in verse 33? Meanwhile, what was the complaint against Jesus in verse 34? How are these complaints similar though they appear opposite?
12. Two final thoughts. One, we're called to proclaim the truth regardless of the cost. This can be a daunting task. How can we proceed on? See II Corinthians 5:6-9, Hebrews 4:14-16 and Hebrews 13:5
13. Point two, are you willing to embrace obscurity in order to advance the Kingdom of God? See Luke 7:35, II Timothy 4:7-8 and Hebrews 6:10