Verses:

Acts 24-26 / Matthew 16:24-26 / Romans 5:3-5 / James 1:2-4 / Philippians 1:27-30, 12-14

Discussion Questions:

  1. How do you handle it when things go wrong in your life?

  2. Have you ever thought about a “theology of suffering”? If so, what would it be? If not, why not?

  3. How have you been taught to view and handle suffering? Has this been helpful or damaging in your life?

  4. What can both God’s incarnation & the cross of Jesus teach us about how God uses suffering?

  5. How would downplaying the role of suffering in discipleship be a short-term enticement, but ultimately lead to disillusionment?

  6. How can suffering help us know God & ourselves better, help us grow closer together in community and help spread the word about God’s love?

  7. How do these concepts help you grow as a disciple who loves God, loves people & serves the world?