Dealing with Difficult Problems Lesson 2: "Understanding Suffering"

Updated: Jul 29, 2020

Quest Men's Bible Study for July 1, 2020


When you face suffering at any level, how do you handle it? Do you deny its existence; become indifferent to its effects; cover it up; or courageously take it head on? In this lesson titled “Understanding Suffering,” Dr. Sproul explains the different responses people have to suffering, and what the biblical response should be.


  1. Prior to our class time, watch the video lecture for this lesson. The curriculum link is below.

  2. Join us online via Zoom for a large group review. The Zoom link is below.

  3. Immediately after the large group, discussion groups meet via Zoom. If you are in a group, your leader has the link you need. If you are not yet in a group, contact Scott Wylie.


Access the curriculum HERE

Join the group online at 7:00 AM Wednesday HERE


  1. In relation to Job’s suffering, what can we say about his sin? What can we say about God’s righteousness?

  2. What are some of the consequences of suffering in a Christian’s life? In other words, how does God use suffering for His own purposes? (See 1 Peter 5:10; 2 Cor. 1:3-5.)

  3. Christ commands us to be of good cheer. The writer of Ecclesiastes, however, says it is better to mourn (7:2-4). How do you reconcile these sayings? How do they relate to suffering?

  4. How do we distinguish between grief and self-pity? How do we have only grief and avoid self-pity and bitterness?

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