MYTH: “AS A CHRISTIAN, LIFE WILL BE ALL GOOD. IT WILL GO MY WAY.”
DON’T BE SURPRISED
1 Peter 4:12-13 (NLT) 12Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. 13Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.
WHAT TRIALS HAVE YOU FACED THAT HAVE THROWN YOU OFF GUARD?
NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD
Romans 8:35-36 (NLT) 35Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.” 37No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
WHAT EVENTS IN YOUR LIFE HAVE CAUSED YOU TO DOUBT THAT GOD’S LOVE IS IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR SUFFERING?
THROUGH IT ALL…
EVEN IF… (DANIEL 3:1-30)
HOW DO I MAKE IT THROUGH SUFFERING IF LIFE ISN’T WORKING OUT THE WAY I THOUGHT IT WOULD?
COURAGEOUS: Not deterred by danger or pain.1
TAKE AWAY QUESTIONS 1) What stood out to you in the message; what are you wanting to remember? 2) What beliefs about God’s goodness do you need to revisit and believe so you can have courageous faith?
QUESTIONS TO DISCUSS IN LIFE GROUP OR WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Myth to bust: “If I am a Christian, life should be easy.”
Passages to consider: John 16:33; James 1:2-5; Joshua 1:7-9