Topical Bible Study Lesson on
Lesson SUF002 – Small Group Bible Study on Suffering
Look up the following Scriptures. When reading these verses
ask yourself the following questions:
- Who is talking/writing?
- Who is the audience?
- What do these verses have to say about our main topic?
Read the following article that relates to our topical Bible
By J. Hampton Keathley, III
Suffering is not
in itself virtuous, nor is it a sign of holiness. It is also not
a means of gaining points with God, or of subduing the flesh (as
in asceticism). When it is possible, suffering is to be avoided.
Christ avoided suffering unless it meant acting in disobedience
to the Father's will. Read
For Optimal Learning and Comprehension, Print the article and grab
you read the article, highlight the sentences, statements or paragraphs
that you find most profound, confusing, revolutionary, fundamental
or inspiring. Mark each highlight with the reason you choose
it. Use the corresponding word or letter. P
= Profound , C = Confusing , R
= Revolutionary , F = Fundamental
, I = Inspiring.
you have done this for the entire article, force yourself to narrow
your favorite sentences, statements or paragraphs down to your
top 5. Then top 3. Then 1. This will prepare you for in-depth
only will this technique improve overall reading comprehension,
but will act as a discussion outline for your small group. This
method also provides a jump start if you choose to do a written
summary of the article.
Answer the following questions after reading the article above:
- Reflect on your darkest hour of
adversity in your past. Did your response demonstrate faith,
love for God and for others, Christ-like character, values,
commitment, priorities, etc.? In what ways did you succeed or
- What was your favorite verse quoted
in the article and why?
- List five keywords that would
describe what this article is about.
- Give a real life example that
illustrates the main point of this article.
- Do you think the subject of Suffering
is widely understood among Christians today? Elaborate.
- In what ways does this article
resonate with you personally?
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