Sermon Discussion Questions | "Tell Them That Again"
Engaging the Text:
It can often be challenging to connect how the Old Testament relates with the New Testament. However, a helpful way to overcome some of the challenges is to examine how the NT authors allude to or quote the OT. Can you think of any places where NT authors mention portions of Isaiah 53? How do these passages help you further understand Isaiah 53 and its interpretation in light of Christ death and resurrection? (Cf. 1 Pet 24-25; Acts 4:27, 30; Rom 4:25)
Engaging Our Faith:
(1) It is a constant temptation to forget the gospel. How has this week’s sermon helped you to see the gospel afresh in Isaiah 53? How has the reality of the suffering Servant (53:4-6) and its significance (53:10) helped you reorient your gaze back to Jesus, his death and resurrection?
(2) The pattern of Isaiah 53 is: unjust suffering and then the exaltation of the righteous. The apostle Peter sees this pattern and applies this to the Christian life (read 1 Pet 2:19-25). How does this pattern in the suffering Servant passage (and 1 Pet 2) challenge you to endure suffering?
Engaging Our Culture:
At the outset of Isaiah 53 we are told that faith in the gospel message can only come by God’s power and divine revelation (e.g., “who has believed...” “arm of the Lord”). Moreover, the way God will reveal his divine power is through the suffering of a (seemingly) weak and unlikely servant. How does this inform our evangelistic efforts and the culture’s response to the gospel?
Resources for Further Study:
Darrel Bock and Mitch Glaser, The Gospel According to Isaiah 53: Encountering the Suffering Servant in Jewish and Christian Theology (Kregel Academic, 2012).
C.J. Mahaney, Living the Cross Cenetered Life: Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing (Multnomah Books, 2006).
J. Alec Motyer, The Prophecy of Isaiah: An Introduction and Commentary (InterVarsity Press, 1993).
[by Andrew Preston]