Hurt – Part Three

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

– Psalm  34:18

We have talked a lot about hurt and pain over the last few weeks.  To recap a few points here are some of our takeaways:

  • Lessons from the parable of the Wheat and the Weeds:
    • God does not cause evil
    • Good is so mixed with evil, it is impossible to separate them
    • It will not always be this way
  • Lesson from Romans 8:
    • Suffering can produce glory if we want it to.
    • Human sin corrupted creation, and it awaits redemtion.
    • In all things, God works good.

But what should we do when we’re hurting the most? What do we do when our suffering seems overwhelming? What does the Bible have to say when the darkness closes in?  This week, we’ll look at three theological steps to dealing with hurt as we experience it.

Discussion questions:

  1. Have you ever practiced a “Theology of Obedience”? What did it look like to be obedient to rest and to work?
  2. How would your prayers be different if you practice a “Theology of Protest?”
  3. Do you think that “hope” really sets the message of Jesus apart? Why or why not?

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