Series: Pieces

Suffering: Finding Closure

Dig In Questions:

1) C.H. Spurgeon once said: “Too many people write their blessings in sand and engrave their sorrow in marble.” Do you believe this to be true? Why do you feel it is important to remember our blessings?

2) In Job 30:1, we see Job willing to recognize the current circumstances of his life through two simple words: “But now”. How does facing the reality of our suffering help to move us towards healing?

3) In Job 38, we see that God speaks to Job in the whirlwind. Why do you think God used this approach instead of a whisper? Has God ever had to speak to you in a “storm”?

4) On Sunday, we discussed how “God cannot work for us, in us, or through us, when we think He is against us.” How would you encourage someone to see that God is FOR them when they feel that God is AGAINST them?

5) At the end of Job’s story, we see that his suffering did not define his life. Is there someone you know who could hear this advice? How can you best relay that message to them?

Living With A Clear Conscience

Dig In Questions:

Read Job 22:1-9 & Job 27:1-6

1) Read Romans 3:10, 3:23, and Mark 10:18. In light of these scriptures, how would you answer this question: “Why do bad things happen to good people?”

2) Job could live with freedom and a clear conscious because he knew nothing stood between him and God - he knew his suffering was undeserved. Do you feel that you live with that same type of mindset during difficult times? Why or why not?

3) Read 2 Corinthians 5:10 and Romans 14:12. What feelings or thoughts come to mind when you think of the moment that these verses speak to? Do you feel you are prepared for that moment? Why or why not?

4) Read Romans 10:9-10. Have you made this confession/decision? If you have, then what led you to make it? What is stopping you if you haven’t?

5) Read 2 Corinthians 5:17. Are there any parts of your old life that you’re still hanging on to? How can you start to let go of your old ways?

Doubt and Depression

Dig In Questions:

Read Job 19:25-27

1) Are there hurts in your life that you have kept to yourself? Knowing that others are here to help bear your burdens, can you share them with your group? Pray for each individual as they share.

2) Read through some of the “one anothers” - Romans 12:10, Romans 15:7, 1 Corinthians 12:25-26, Ephesians 4:2-3, 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Galatians 5:13-14, Galatians 6:2. Talk about how each of them can be lived out in a practical way in your life.

3) During the message, you were encouraged to really see the people you have been called to love. When you think about your Sunday morning opportunities, how can you not just see the people around you, but get to know their names and get to know their stories as well?

4) Does being reminded that we are moving in the same direction and that we have a common goal help you to think of yourself less and focus more on the needs of others? If so, how?

5) Read Romans 8:18-39. What comfort do we find in these verses? What encouragement do they give us? How do they give us hope?

Suffering: How Do We Comfort Those Who Are Experiencing It?

Dig In Questions:

Read Job 2:11-13

1) Can you think of a time when someone helped to comfort you in a time a suffering? What did they do that made a positive difference?

2) Read Psalm 34:17. How should God’s attentiveness to our suffering inspire us to be attentive to the needs of others?

3) Read John 15:12-13. Jesus’ willingness to lay down his life for us should serve as an example of how we should love others in their time of need. What do you struggle to “lay down” in your life for the sake of those who are hurting - your time, schedule, money, energy, etc? How can you begin to release this?

4) Read Romans 12:15. Why is it important that we weep with those who weep? What impact does this have on someone who is hurting?

5) In his book “Being There”, Dave Furman writes, “There is a kind of ministry that is without words.” How can our presence and our silence minister to those who are suffering?

6) In light of this week’s topic, who can you bring comfort to this week?

Suffering: Does It Serve A Purpose?

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Dig In Questions:

Read Job 2

1) Has there been a time in your life when suffering has caused you to doubt your faith? Has there been a time when suffering has encouraged your faith? What caused this reaction?

2) Read Romans 5:3-5. Why should we “rejoice” when running into problems or suffering? What does this teach us about how God views our problems?

3) Read Romans 8:28- Has there been a time where you have seen God take something bad, (such as suffering), and work it out for your own good?

4) Read James 1:2-4. Why do you think our suffering has a better chance to grow through bad times as opposed to a good season of life?

5) On Sunday, we talked about how “The grace and power of Jesus not only makes suffering manageable, but it makes it purposeful.” What do you need to do to continually remind yourself of this?

Suffering: When We Don’t Know Why

Dig In Questions:

Read Job 1

1) Can you give some examples of “deserved” and “undeserved suffering” from your life?

2) Read Proverbs 9:10. The Bible describes Job as a man who “feared God and stayed away from evil.” How can fearing God help us stay the course in our spiritual lives?

3) Why do you think Satan would want to attack those who are faithfully committed to God? What are some ways that you can protect yourself from his tricks and temptations?

4) On Sunday, we discussed how “we must experience life just as Job did - without complete answers to all of life’s questions”. How can this reality cause you to trust and lean into God during difficult times?

5) How do you typically respond to unfortunate circumstances or moments of suffering - with a “Why me, God?” attitude or an “I trust you, God!” attitude?

6) Let’s say that someone you know is going through a season of undeserved suffering. How would you begin to encourage them?