The Scared Overlap
“Suffering as Jesus’ Disciples While Waiting for Jesus’ Return”
1 Thessalonians 2:14-16
Three things to know about suffering in the sacred overlap.
- Suffering is proof that God is at work — it is not meaningless.
- Discipleship is costly.
- Our willingness to suffer demonstrates deep heart change.
- God uses suffering to refine us.
- Suffering is part of being a disciple of Jesus — we are not alone.
- Suffering places us in the story of the church.
- Suffering places us on the trail of Jesus.
- Suffering happens within God’s sovereignty — it is not forever.
- Sin has fixed “limits.”
- God will set things to right.
Big Idea: When I suffer in the sacred overlap, I will be encouraged as I set my eyes on Jesus.
Core Christlike Characteristic: Spirit-led Servant, Living Surrendered.
- Icebreaker: Share something that you bought or received that wasn’t as advertised.
- Why do you think the American church is so comfortable in comparison with the global church?
- In your own life, have you seen God work in or through suffering?
- When do you find that you experience the most opposition as you are trying to follow Jesus?
- Of the following three points about suffering, which do you find hardest to believe as you are going through painful and difficult times:
That it isn’t meaningless, that you aren’t alone, or that it is not forever?
Why that point?
- Which do you find most encouraging?
- How can you tell if you are willing to suffer for your faith?
What can you do now to prepare your heart for future opposition?