God's Purposes in Our Suffering - Word Document  [Download] -     By: Christianity Today International
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Format: Word Document
Vendor: Christianity Today
Publication Date: 2009
Availability: In Stock
Series: Current Issues Bible Studies

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We learn and grow through suffering, but there s also a bigger picture.


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When we face hardship, many of us take comfort in the thought that we ll grow and become better people for it. But is that always the ultimate reason for our suffering? Mark Galli writes in an article for CHRISTIANITY TODAY that our suffering isn t always about us. There s a bigger picture, and sometimes we can t see the larger reasons behind our life s circumstances.


What is the purpose of suffering? Does it happen randomly? Does God send it or simply work through it? How does suffering demonstrate God s character? These are the questions we ll be asking and discussing in this study.


Table of Contents


SCRIPTURE: Job 42:1 6; Mark 1:9 13; 15:33 37; 2 Corinthians 1:3 7; 12:2 10; Philippians 3:7 11


LEADER'S GUIDE


    Identify the Current Issue


    Discover the Eternal Principles



--Teaching point one: Suffering is not random, but a purposeful part of a person s physical and spiritual life.


--Teaching point two: Human suffering can be redemptive and promote holiness.


--Teaching point three: God uses the experiences of sufferers to help them reach more deeply into the world he has made.




    Apply Your Findings


    Recommended Resources


ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY


    Baptism + Fire, by Mark Galli (2004)


You have permission to make up to 1,000 copies for use in your local church.


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