Sermon Notes

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

LifeGroup Questions

  1. Icebreaker: Share something that you bought or received that wasn’t as advertised.
  2. Why do you think the American church is so comfortable in comparison with the global church?
  3. In your own life, have you seen God work in or through suffering?
  4. When do you find that you experience the most opposition as you are trying to follow Jesus?
  5. 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?
  6. Which do you find most encouraging?
  7. 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?