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Below the Surface--"Finding Purpose in Pain and Suffering" Pastor Matt

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Below the Surface Sermon Series
Finding Purpose in Pain and Suffering by Pastor Matt
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January 7, 2018
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Below are some discussion questions relating to a recent sermon. These are provided so that your Life Group can discuss what was shared. Previous Weeks’ Discussion Guides and Sermon Notes are available through the Sermons under the Resources menu. Click on the sermon series and then the sermon you are interested in.  You will see a paper icon under the sermon title. Click the icon to open the sermon notes. To listen to the sermon click on the speaker icon. 

TEXT: 2 Corinthians 1:1-11 

  1. The experience of physical and emotional pain, according to 2 Corinthians 1: 4, is, in part, to allow us to understand and support others when they also experience pain. But how do we do that, specifically?  What does it mean to come alongside someone who is hurting?
  1. Job’s friends come to mind. They were a great support, but later they actually became his accusers when the trials did not pass as soon as they thought they should.  What was their great mistake? How did it affect Job? (read Job 1:11 and John 9:1-5)
  1. Athletes, when they train, approach what some coaches call “the pain barrier”. I consistently encourage Warwick High School swimmers to swim through the pain barrier.  Why? To become the best they can be.  (Read James 1:2-4)  Ultimately, why does God allow adversity and pain in our lives? Discuss personal experiences that God has taught you through pain.  How has this given you a more mature life perspective and helped you to grow spiritually?  How has it given you a better ability to minister to others in your oikos?
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Wrapped in Love - God's Strange Love - Pastor Tony

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Wrapped in Love
God's Strange Love by Pastor Tony
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December 17, 2017
Questions by Pastor Ric

Below are some discussion questions relating to a recent sermon. These are provided so that your Life Group can discuss what was shared. Previous Weeks’ Discussion Guides and Sermon Notes are available through the Sermons under the Resources menu. Click on the sermon series and then the sermon you are interested in.  You will see a paper icon under the sermon title. Click the icon to open the sermon notes. To listen to the sermon click on the speaker icon. 

TEXTS: Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:18-25; Matthew 2:1-18; Philippians 2:5-8

  1. Discuss in your group how parenting in the USA has evolved over the years, then read this quote: “Don’t make it your goal to raise godly kids, make it your goal to be a godly parent.” How does this quote stack up to God’s style of love? (Remember the difference between goals and desires.)

  2. Jesus’ birth in lowly surroundings is in stark contrast to today’s “birthing hospitals.” For parents, what personal and spiritual characteristics do you consider absolutely essential to the birth and growth of a healthy child?

  3. Jesus’ birth was anything but comfortable. Yet in our culture, comfort is something highly sought after. In his book, The Road Less Traveled, M. Scott Peck speaks of discomfort (which we love to avoid), discipline, and four parenting tools which he says define discipline.   The tools are the following:

    a.  Delaying of gratification
    b.  Acceptance of responsibility
    c.  Dedication to truth
    d.  Balancing (giving up some things in my quest for perfection)

    Discuss your views on the importance of these tools and how much they are used and avoided in parenting today. 

  4. God’s values get warped by culture. Love becomes selfish. Forgiveness and restoration become conditional. Service becomes self-centered and ego-driven. How can Life Groups help us teach these truths (love is unconditional, restoration through forgiveness is always possible, and service brings glory to God) to our kids through mission?
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