A Path Through Suffering

End Of All Suffering

December 2, 2012 by Barry Parker

1. In this sermon series we have defined suffering as “the gap between God’s good and perfect creation and what is our reality – our personal experience of a fractured and often dysfunctional world.” Do you agree? What is your personal definition of suffering and why?2. The series is titled “A Path Through Suffering”. On this journey we have observed various biblical signposts to guide us and point the way forward. We have seen directional signage such as The Source, The Gap, The Reality, God’s Goodness…

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Joy In The Midst Of Suffering

November 25, 2012 by Tim Haughton

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Only A Suffering God Is Any Real Help

November 18, 2012 by Jenny Andison

1) List what you think might be the five most painful things to experience in a person's life. What about them makes them so hard?2) Read Hebrews 2:5-18. In verse 8 we see a classic "understatement". In what ways are things in our lives "not in subjection to him" (Jesus)? This is the bad news of the passage. We begin to glimpse the good news in verses 5-7. How are these verses talking about the incarnation and what does it imply about how God feels towards us?3) Read Hebrews 2:9. God choose our limits, our temptations, o…

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War and Peace: The Prayer of One Afflicted

November 11, 2012 by Barry Parker

1. What is your most vivid memory? How do you feel when you recall it? Happy? Sad? Fearful? Excited?2. Today is Remembrance Sunday. The theme is obviously that we remember. The question –remember what exactly? Why is it important that we remember?Read Psalm 102:1-113. How would you summarize verses 1-11? What “contemporary” health condition captures this experience?4. The theme of time is woven through these verses. Discuss the nature and character of time in verses 1-11.Read Psalm 102:12-175. In verse 12, “Your fame wil…

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Moralism: Named, Addressed, Crushed

November 4, 2012 by Tim Haughton

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New Birth: Who, Why and What

October 28, 2012 by Jenny Andison

1) What do you think of the “nature versus nurture” debate? Which do you think has more influence over a person’s character?2) Read John 3:1-9. How many times does Jesus tell Nicodemus he needs to “be born again"? Why the repetition? What kind of man was Nicodemus? What does this tell us about who needs to receive new birth?3) In what ways over the years have you tried to improve yourself or deal with problems in your life? What have you found has had the most lasting effect? What seeds were planted in you early in…

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Suffering: Not The Why Or The How, But The Who

October 21, 2012 by Barry Parker

Recall last week’s sermon, the first in the series on suffering, where we considered a) the source of suffering and b) embracing the mystery of God’s goodness and God’s sovereignty.1. What is suffering? Are there degrees or categories of suffering?2. Thomas Merton once said, “The truth that many people don’t understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering, the more you suffer, because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.&r…

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See The Source And Embrace A Mystery

October 14, 2012 by Tim Haughton

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