ANTHEM OF HOPE: "How Long, O LORD" (Psalm 13) (click here)

Sermon Date: 
Jun 13 2021
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GREETINGS!
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READ: Psalm 13:1-5; Mark 15:33-34 (Psalm 22:1-3)
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 that Jesus offers, within the tension of pain and suffering - whether physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually?"

QUESTIONS TO REFLECT UPON
1. What is your relationship like with God when you are going through continual pain and suffering?
2. As a Christian, have you found yourself dismayed that God would allow such pain & suffering in your life?
3. How is God able to understand your pain and suffering?
4. Why do you think God desires of you to cry out to Him with your pain and suffering?

MAIN POINTS:
1. Lament means to grieve, moan, and weep that expresses one's heavy sorrow and grief.
2. Lament invites our personal pains into the prayers and praises of God.
3. Lament reveals four elements: Turning, Complaining, Asking, Trusting (Mark Vroegop)
4. Ungodly complaining attacks God's character (lacks trust, seeks self-gratification, and blames God in wrong-doing). Godly complaining addresses to God our circumstances with humility and reverence to God.

QUOTES:
"To cry is human, but to lament in Christian." - Mark Vroegop
"Keep trusting in the One who keeps you trusting." - John Piper

REFERENCE:
"Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament" by Mark Vroegop

"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 Thess. 2:16-17

Blessings,
Pastor Trevor