ANTHEM OF HOPE: "Building Hope in the Body of Believers" (click here)

Sermon Date: 
May 30 2021
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READ: Romans 5:1-5; John 9:1-3; John 10:10; Colossians 3:12
1. Did any specific word or verse(s) grab your attention?
2. How might God be speaking to you through that specific word or verse(s) (eg. correction, encouragement, wisdom, direction, etc)?
3. What might be the next step of obedience the Lord is asking of you to take through these verses?

BIG QUESTION: "How are we, as Christians, to live a faithful and fulfilling life within the tension of pain and suffering - whether physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually?"

1. Why do we experience pain and suffering in this world?
2. What is Satan's desire in our pain our suffering? What is Jesus' desire in our pain and suffering?
3. Why is it difficult to come to church when we are suffering?
4. How is the body of Christ able to absorb/prevent our pain and suffering from becoming evil?
5. What was Job's hope in his great suffering? Read Job 19:25-27.
6. What steps are you willing to take to ENGAGE, EMBRACE, and ENCOURAGE others, including Christians, who are enduring a difficult season of pain and suffering?

"There is no shame in diabetes, there is no shame in high blood pressure, but why is it that if our brains stop working, there is supposed to be shame in that?" - Rick Warren

"...they (the early church) chose to frame evil and suffering quite differently. Their response to the problem of evil and the existence of suffering was not to question God’s goodness, love, and power, but rather to develop faithful forms of community within which the impact of evil and suffering could be absorbed, resisted, and transformed as they waited for God’s return.” - John Swinton

"If we know our destination even in the midst of our sense of lostness, then we have hope." - John Swinton

"Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word."
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

Pastor Trevor