GUIDESHEET FOR 01-12-20
Walking with God through Pain and Suffering
Think about life:
– What have been the most difficult experiences in your life? What helped you get through those experiences? Looking back do you feel that your faith in Jesus Christ was strengthened or weakened?
– What did you learn from going through those difficult experiences about yourself? About God? About the church?
– When you’re in a time of pain and suffering does it pull you towards God or pull you away? Why?
Read Psalm 14:2-3; Psalm 104:19; Psalm 23
- Note: The verses in Psalm 14 and 104 talk about God being “above” us; transcendent. Psalm 23 talks about God being “with” us; immanent. In the Bible God reveals Himself as both “above” us and “with” us.
- What would it be like to trust a God who is only “above”, not “with” us; far away, sitting on a throne in heaven?
- What would it be like to trust a God who is only “with” us, on our level, without the power that comes from being “above”?
- How is it encouraging to have bible faith in which we experience God as both “above” and “with” us?
Read Matthew 27:41-46
- In the death of Jesus, both the God the Father and God the Son experienced deep pain and suffering. What do the actions and words of the religious leaders and revolutionaries (verses 41-44) tell you about the pain and suffering the Father and Son experienced from humans?
- What do the words of Jesus (verses 46) tell you about the pain and suffering the Father and Son endured during Jesus crucifixion for the sins of the world?
- Read Isaiah 53:4-6, a description of the pain and suffering Jesus, God the Son, underwent for us.
- How it is helpful and encouraging to you that God is willing to enter into the pain and suffering of our world to save us?
Bible Reading: Ps. 14:2-3; Ps. 1-4:19; Ps. 23; Mt. 27:41-46; Rev. 21:1-7