The Gospel and Suffering

The Gospel and Suffering

This week, we ask how the gospel informs suffering.  When we experience suffering, we often get stuck on the question of why.  What the gospel does for us is shift our attention from the why to the who.  The gospel informs who the Lord is for us as we suffer and how his heart soothes our suffering souls.  

Matthew 11:28-30

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 

Discussion Questions

  1. When you experience suffering, who is God to you?  Why?
  2. What do you doubt about the heart of God when you are suffering?  Why?
  3. Of the promises mentioned about God’s heart (gentle and lowly, co-suffering with us, deeply moved in our pain), which is hardest for you to believe when you are suffering?
  4. Which promise comforts you most?

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