What’s Suffering Good For? – Darryl Dash


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This week, Pastor Darryl Dash from Liberty Grace Church shares with us. ‘What’s Suffering Good For?’ is based on 2 Corinthians 1:1-11.
 
God is a compassionate, encouraging God.
The suffering we face is purposeful.
Suffering builds community.
 
Questions:
 
ICEBREAKER: What has really taken a toll on you?
 
1. Paul discussed affliction and suffering in 2 Corinthians 1:1-11. Yet he began by blessing God [11:3]. What role does worship play in helping us navigate life’s trials [cf. Luke 1:68-75; Ephesians 1:3-6; and 1 Peter 1:3-9]?
 
2. What does it mean that God is the God of all comfort [2 Corinthians 1:3-4]? How does this encourage you? Consult also Isaiah 40:1-2; Isaiah 60:1-3; 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17.
 
3. How does our suffering prepare us to help others [2 Corinthians 1:4-6]? Consider also Philippians 3:10-11; Colossians 1:24; and 1 Peter 4:12-14.
 
4. How does our suffering help to deepen community [2 Corinthians 1:7-11]? Look up Acts 9:15-16; Romans 8:16-17; and 1 Peter 5:8-10 for further insights.
 
5. Paul was honest about his suffering [2 Corinthians 1:8-9]. Why do we sometimes believe that followers of Jesus shouldn’t suffer or despair [cf. Isaiah 53:3-6; Romans 5:3-5; and 2 Timothy 3:10-12]?
 
6. What is the place of prayer in suffering [2 Corinthians 1:11]? How have you experienced comfort through the prayers of others? Examine Acts 12:3-17; Philippians 1:19, and Ephesians 6:18-20 for more encouragement.
 
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
 
“I am not a theologian or a scholar, but I am very aware of the fact that pain is necessary to all of us. In my own life, I think I can honestly say that out of the deepest pain has come the strongest conviction of the presence of God and the love of God.” (Elisabeth Elliot)