Human – Suffering
2 Samuel 16:5-8
Dr. Jeffrey Clark
The Big Idea: God uses suffering to prepare us for something more.
- God uses family turmoil to prepare us for something more.
- God uses political upheaval to prepare us for something more.
- God uses critical abuse to prepare us for something more.
- God uses death to prepare us for something more.
Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anythng that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
My Story: If you live long enough on this fallen planet, you know something about suffering. What kind of suffering do you know about? What kind of impact has this had upon you personally?
- The first category of suffering noted is in the realm of family, including rape, murder, rebellion, incest and death. If a man after God’s own heart is not exempt from these things, what makes you think you will be exempt from such?
- The political upheaval includes betrayal, a military coup and various other sorts of treachery. On the one hand, one must not minimize the significant political issues of our day. On the other hand, we live in a time of relative tranquility and favor. Discuss.
- Shimei criticizes and abuses David with words and by throwing objects at him. What is notable about how David does, or does not, respond? What can you learn from David about how to respond to criticism personally?
- This portion of David’s life includes the death of his wisest counselor (Ahithophel) and of his son (Absalom). Death introduces an irretrievable loss, at least on this side of eternity. What tools does our Christian faith introduce for believers to cope with death?
Taking it Home: There is a way that suffering prepares you to receive and extend God’s comfort. Review 2 Corinthians 1:3-11, and consider how God has brought you comfort. Who can you extend this comfort toward? Make an appointment this week to extend such.
We welcome one of our own, Norm Lewis, as our speaker this weekend. If you are visiting, we want to extend a special welcome to you, and we invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. On Saturday, Pastor Jeff will be available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, he will meet you at the Welcome Center.
AN UPDATE FROM KERRY & TARA
We cannot thank you enough for the support and love we have felt over the past several weeks since we shared with you that we were struggling in our marriage and that we were taking steps toward healing the brokenness. Your words of encouragement, your letters and notes, and your prayers have been felt and mean more to us than we can say. We have been back together as a couple and as a family for a few weeks now, and while we are not now nor will we ever be “perfect,” we have seen healing and restoration start to take place. Where hope was fading we now see it growing again. Where darkness was taking over we now see it being beaten back a little more each day. We are confident that God, who created us and loves us more than we can fathom, will continue to draw our hearts toward Him as we seek Him daily. Thank you again for your encouragement, and we covet your continued support and prayers. – Kerry & Tara
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UPCOMING BAPTISM WEEKEND
Our next Baptism weekend is scheduled for January 7/8. If you are interested in participating, please contact the church office to sign up for an orientation meeting with Pastor Jeff. These meetings are offered for your convenience on December 18 at 8:00 AM, December 31 at 5:00 PM or January 3 at 3:00 PM and you only need to attend one of them.
HELP ENSURE THAT BIRD IS THE WORD
We have so much to be thankful for! Invite your neighbors and plan to join us on Sunday, November 20, 5:00 PM, for our annual free Thanksgiving feast! We are currently seeking groups and individuals to donate and prepare food in advance. If you can commit to this outreach event, please contact Michele Force by emailing email@example.com, texting or calling 720.633.3895 or visiting the sign-up table in the lobby to check the specific needs.
TASTE OF CHRISTMAS WOMEN’S EVENT
The 21st annual Taste of Christmas will be held on November 14, 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Tickets will be sold in the lobby ($8/person) or you may asked to bring a favorite appetizer or dessert to share. This year’s speaker, Tricia Lott-Williford, will present, “The Best Gifts I Never Wanted.” No childcare is available for this event.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT DINNER
Our menu this week will be Frito pie, salad and dessert. The cost is $2.50 per person or $10 per family. Dinner starts at 5:30 PM and is open to all!
BIG SIGHS AND ROLLING EYES: PARENTING TALK
Raising teenagers – so many questions and no easy answers! On December 1, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, join the Parents of Students small group for an evening of encouragement on loving and launching our tweens and teens. Lori Wildenberg is a licensed parent and family educator, cofounder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting, co-author of three parenting books, parent consultant, teacher trainer and speaker. If you’re a parent of a tween or teen, feel free to join us for this special event. Invite a friend!