7 Reasons for Suffering

7 Reasons for Suffering

Life Group Leader Notes

February 20, 2022

7 Reasons for Suffering

Isaiah 53

  • Jesus, The Suffering Servant.
  • We as believers are not immune to suffering. “We are in the world but not of the world.”

1 Corinthians 11:23

  • Breaking of Bread. A remembrance of Jesus’s suffering.

2 Corinthians 11: 23 – 29

  • Paul’s suffering

Why do we suffer?

  1. We belong to Jesus. The world hated Him and they will hate you too. You are marked, it’s the work of Satan.

John 15: 18-19; Acts 14: 22

Discussion: Are you or have you experienced persecution for your faith?

 

  1. Self-induced suffering.

            1 Peter 4:15-16

  1. Disobedient and rebellion against God’s Word.
  • Israel – Samson – Jonah
  • Need help from the Holy Spirit.
  1. Violation of God’s Laws.

            Galatians 6: 7-8

  • We want to do our own thing, fit God in.
  1. Wrong beliefs about suffering.
  • The more you suffer the more godly you are (wrong).
  1. Carnality
  • A Christian who believes and yet satisfies the lust of the flesh. For example, hate, jealousy, pride, gossiping, fear.
  1. He allows suffering.
  • It refines us.

Discussion: Pick one from above and give an example in your life?

 

Suffering brought upon us:

  1. By the devil. He is a thief and robber who has come to steal, kill, and destroy.
  2. By the world. They hated Me, they will hate you also.

God allows suffering:

  1. To test our faith. 1 Peter 4:12
  2. To refine us. Isaiah 48: 10
  3. To chastise. Hebrews 12: 6-7
  4. For His Glory. John 11:4, 40, 45

Acts 5:41

Philippians 1:29

  • If we suffer with Him, we will reign with Him.

Discussion: Are you ready?