Be the Message – 2: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…who comforts us in all our affliction, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
Theme: The Positive Purpose of Pain
- How do you respond to what Mike White stated: “We immediately compare and devalue our story; we can’t play someone else’s part, so be honest with your story?”
- What is one thing that stood out to you from the sermon?
Observation and Interpretation Questions:
Read Romans 5:3-5. Pain produces good qualities.
- What does Paul say about the value of affliction in our lives (verse 3)?
- How might the facing of affliction produce character and hope in you (verse 4)
- What does Paul mean by saying, “hope does not disappoint” (verse 5)?
- How does God use the pain from our past to help others?
Read Romans 8:9-11. Pain shifts our eyes to eternity.
- What does Paul say about the effect of having the Spirit of God in you (verse 9)?
- How do you think you can know that the Spirit is alive in you (verse 10)?
- Of what can you be sure if the Spirit of God is in you (verse 11)?
Read Romans 8:28, 31-32. God uses everything for good.
- How does Paul say all things work together for good (verses 28)?
- What does Paul’s question bring to your mind as you think about it (verse 31)?
- What is the principle Paul states here for you to live by (verse 32)?
When have you seen God work a seemingly negative situation for good?
- How are you going to embrace your painful past more actively this week?
- What can you do to let Mike’s challenge become a more significant part of your life?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to redefine the painful parts of our past as opportunities for us to connect with someone else, and not as obstacles in our walk with You.
Talk and Pray with one another about how you can Join Jesus on His mission in your own lives this week, and pray for one another about any personal concerns or praises you have.
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Mike White stated, “Our pain is not meant to be isolated or isolating, but God then uses how we respond to that pain to comfort others.”
How do you respond to this statement?
- Read 2 Corinthians1:3– “Father of mercies and God of all comfort”
Which part of this dual description of God brings you the most comfort?
- Read 2 Corinthians1:4 – “Who comforts us in all our afflictions, so that…”
Why do you think Paul reminds us of God’s purpose when dealing with our pain?
- Read 2 Corinthians1:5 – “We share abundantly in God’s comfort.”
What do you think Paul hopes to accomplish by repeating this affirmation?
- Read 2 Corinthians1:6 – “We patiently endure the same suffering.”
How do you think having this mindset would change the way you endure pain?
- Read 2 Corinthians1:7 – “We share in sufferings and consolation.”
What do you find most difficult when you experience pain in your life?
Share how you are going to look for opportunities to apply these truths in your life.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, show us a new way to look at Your provision of comfort, that as we have been comforted, we can extend that comfort to someone else.