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We all know that there is great trouble in this world (Jesus even said so!) but when we look to God's Word we find great truth to hold onto through it! Paul is a tremendous example for us to look to for encouragement to endure through life's pains and trials and to not give up. I pray that this truth of God's Word is a help and encouragement to you this week!
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Worship Packet: Week of October 11, 2020
Welcome! This packet is to serve as a supplement and help to our Sunday morning worship service. We hope that it allows those who gathered with us to dig deeper and go further with the Truth that was unpacked on Sunday. Our desire is to grow in maturity (Eph. 4:13-15) and more into conformity with the image of Christ (Rom. 8:28-29) as individuals and as a body. That happens through God’s word (John 17:17)! We also hope that this will serve as a help to those who were not able to gather with us this week to remain alongside us in our study through God’s Word and to ready everyone for when we gather again (Heb. 10:23-25).
Scripture Reading: In preparation for our main passage, we read from Heb. 12:1-3
The Message: “Why We Do Not Give Up” (Part One)- 2 Cor. 4:13-18
*Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/mUKsSu7ysAI *CD’s available upon request
Memory Verse: Ps. 16:8-9
Sermon Reflection/Discussion Questions:
What begins at the moment of conception for all people? (See Job 5:7)
Why is there suffering, death, decay, and sorrow in this world? (See Rom. 5:12)
Describe some of the “trouble” you’ve faced in your life.
What are some ways that people deal with all of the trouble in this world? (See Heb. 2:15)
How do you respond to trouble in this life?
What led Paul not to give up in the face of such extreme suffering and sorrow in 2 Cor. 4:13?
What did David believe about God in Ps. 23?
What does Paul teach is the “fruit” or response of our belief?
What do you believe about God and His Word? Do you ever speak of these things with others?
What was Paul convinced of in 2 Cor. 4:14?
What was the Psalmist convinced of in the face of death in Ps. 116:7-9?
What is the difference between those described in Heb. 2:15 and David in Ps. 16:8-10?
Why would the resurrection lead us to endure through trials, suffering, and death?
What did God use Paul’s sufferings to teach him? (See 2 Cor. 1:8-10)
What do you have your hope set on today?
In what ways do you need to set your hope on Christ?
Further Scripture to work through this week:
Mon: Luke 14:25-33
Tuesday: Ps. 116:1-10
Wednesday: John 16:29-33
Thursday: John 14:1-6
Friday: Acts 14:19-23
Saturday: 2 Tim. 3:10-17
Since trouble and suffering are so much a part of our lives in this world, think of someone that you can encourage this week and find a creative way to do that. Can you make them a card? Or surprise them with a small gift? Even though things go wrong in life, we must remember that our hope is in Jesus. When we believe in Him, we can be sure that one day we will be in heaven with Him and all of our troubles will be done with! This is the truth Paul held onto in his life.