Group Discussion Guide
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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TEXT: 2 Corinthians 1:1-11
- 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?
- 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)
- 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?