Sermon Notes

I Wonder …
at our Avon Lake Campus

Suffering is a certainty.

Suffering exists due to sin.
Moral failures: Our choices. Others choices.
Natural failures: Hurricanes/Tsunamis.

Life is hard. God is good. Pain is a gift.

Suffering moves the story forward.
Suffering is our only hope for healing.

2 Responses to pain: Transform or transmit.

We willingly suffer for what we love.

Suffering exists due to our choice to sin.
Healing exists due to His choice to suffer.

Christlike characteristics: Relates with other centered love. Spirit-led servant.

LifeGroup Questions

  1. Icebreaker: Share your top pet peeve—something that causes you “suffering,” but doesn’t seem to bother everyone else in quite the same way.
  2. “Suffering ceases to be suffering the minute it finds meaning” (Viktor E. Frankl).
    In your own words, how would you describe the meaning that we as believers can find in our suffering?
    (Check out 2 Corintians 4:7-12, 16-18 for some help!)
  3. How have you seen God work in the midst of suffering and pain in your life to shape you and to draw you?
  4. Is it good for us to try to find the particular meaning behind every instance of suffering in our lives?
    Why or why not?
  5. In what sense can pain be a good thing?
    Should we seek to live lives as free from pain as possible?
    Why or why not?
  6. Read Hebrews 12:1-3.
    How did Jesus respond to the suffering in His life?
  7. What are things that you willingly suffer for?
    What does that demonstrate about what you really love?
  8. How do you move from being a person who transmits their pain to the people around them, to the person who is transformed in the midst of pain?