What is Suffering For?

Bible Study

Don’t just take our word for it . . . take His! We would encourage you to spend time examining the following Scriptures that shaped this sermon: Psalm 23, 2 Corinthians 1:3-11.

Sermon Notes

Suffering is a universal human experience. When a person suffers, it is common to ask “why?” But a more helpful question for the follower of Jesus Christ is to ask “what is this suffering for?”

From Paul’s witness in 2 Corinthians 1:3 – 11, we see three answers:

  1. In suffering, God reveals his merciful character
  2. In suffering, God comforts us so that we can comfort others
  3. In suffering, God turns us away from self-reliance to greater dependence upon him

Sermon Application

How do we learn God’s merciful character?
What were Randy’s two points of guidance when trying to offer comfort to others?
Describe an experience of suffering that helped you rely more on God.

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Do you have a question about today’s sermon? Email Randy Forrester (RForrester@StAndrews.Church).

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