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|Format: Word Document|
Vendor: Christianity Today
|Publication Date: 2009|
Series: Current Issues Bible Studies
Contrary to superficial American expectations, God does some of his best work when we can t make life work, when all the outward measures spell chaos and disaster, says Peter K. Nelson in his article written for CHRISTIANITY TODAY magazine.
Why does the American Christian culture often focus on prosperity in the forms of physical health, material wealth, or earthly success? In this study we will ask: How does God use pain and suffering in the lives of his children? What roles do confession, repentance, brokenness, honesty, and humility have in our spiritual growth, the advancement of the gospel, and our glorifying God?
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 46; Romans 7:15 25; 2 Corinthians 1:3 11,12:7 10; 1 Peter 4:1 19
Identify the Current Issue
Discover the Eternal Principles
--Teaching point one: God uses suffering to cause believers to desire to be holy.
--Teaching point two: When believers are broken by suffering, they learn that God is their only hope and all they need.
--Teaching point three: Misery is preparation for ministry.
--Teaching point four: Humble, broken Christians are the most effective evangelists.
Apply Your Findings
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
Impractical Christianity, by Peter K. Nelson (2005)
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