Suffering is such a large and complex issue for us as people of faith. We want to know why bad things happen and who can we blame? Suffering calls into question God’s goodness and power to control tragic and terrible events.

Beginning Sunday, February 17 and continuing through Sunday, March 3, before we begin the season of Lent, we’ll be reading the story of Job and look at the writings of Paul in the Bible to gain insight on what to do when we’re faced with trying times. When we suffer or feel broken in body or soul, we look to God and his prophets as we try to understand why suffering exists and how God works and moves in our lives of faith during these hardest times.

The first week, we’ll read the first and second chapters of the book of Job and ask questions like:

When we suffer, whose fault is it? Does everything happen for a reason? How do we make sense of suffering?

These are heavy questions. Trusting God doesn’t come easy when our lives take a turn for the worse.

The second week, we ask where God is when we’re in the midst of suffering. Has God abandoned me? The book of Psalms is full of laments, which help us express our distress and need for God in times of trouble. Even Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross cried out to his father, “Abba! Why have you forsaken me?”

It’s easy to feel alone in our suffering and miss God’s presence in our pain.

In the final week of the series, senior Pastor Dave Summers and Associate Pastor of Modern Worship and Discipleship Christopher Wurpts help us understand how to overcome suffering. How can we find the strength and persevere in all circumstances, even in the most difficult times or following a loss of a loved one?

Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Find comfort and rest for your soul as we dive into “Broken.”

 

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