Summary: Suffering. The most common word we hear in relation to “suffering” is probably “WHY??
As the Church in Exile, we have the opportunity—maybe even the RESPONSIBILITY—to offer those around us a better way of suffering—a better way to endure heartache and difficulty.
In this message, we visit stories from people who show us not only what it is like to suffer, but what it looks like to suffer successfully. Joyfully.
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Go forth in peace.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
Study Guide (Download PDF)
- Read Psalm 42. What do you find best quenches your thirst? When were you homesick? If you could find some letters from that time of homesickness, what might they reveal about your innermost yearnings and fears?
- From the descriptive words and phrases, what diagnosis best fits this psalmist’s condition? Depressed? Exiled? Homesick? Hopeful? Plagued by spiritual doubts?
- In verses 5 and 11 what “prescription” does the psalmist recommend? Is this a reasonable way to handle grief? Why or why not?
- In verse 9 the writer asks a question (the same question that his foes ask in verses 3 and 10) – what is the difference in how the questions are put?
- The writer wants to be back in God’s house in Jerusalem, but what is he learning about God from where he is right now?
- Look at the words “day and night” in verses 3 and 8—what is the difference in what is happening to the psalmist in those two verses?
- In dealing with his depression, this writer freely cried (42:3), talked to himself (42:5, 11), reminded himself of God’s nature (42:6, 8) and prayed earnestly (42:9). By comparison, how do you deal with difficulties? How might this example of one man’s prayer/poem help you face times of spiritual dryness in your life?
- In the message I said (referring to 1 Peter 1:7), “’Your faith is more valuable than gold.’ We think of gold as a precious commodity, which it is, but here we read about something more valuable—what is it and why is it more valuable than gold?”
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