Lesson 7: God's Plan for Pain

Updated: Jan 11

Lesson 7, The Story of Everything, Quest Men's Bible Study


SUMMARY

Pain finds us wherever we go. After the fall, pain and death became a consistent and inevitable part of human existence. This unit will survey the story of pain, where it comes from, what we can learn from it, what Jesus did about it, and what He will do about it.


INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Join us at 7:00am in the Parlor at Colonial Baptist Church. (Come little early for coffee and a light breakfast.)

  2. Do you have a health risk related to COVID-19? You can participate via Zoom using THIS LINK.

  3. Immediately following the large group, we break into discussion / prayer groups. If you are not yet in a group, contact Scott Wylie.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOLLOWING THE LESSON

  1. Solomon’s conclusion about pain and suffering might surprise us.Read Ecclesiastes 7:2-4. Why do people avoid thinking about death and sorrow and instead focus on happiness?

  2. The “house of mourning” makes us face the ‘big questions’ we tend to avoid. What happens when you die? Is a life seeking pleasure the answer? Is trying to be happy in this life really the meaning of life? How have you seen those outside Christ try to answer these questions?

  3. How can we face death with confidence? Read John 8:24 and Matthew 10:28. If everyone is going to die, why does it matter whether we believe in Jesus?

  4. The house of mourning prepares us to hear the answer to our big questions. Is the answer simply to be a ‘good person’? Read Galatians 2:16. Why is ‘being a good person’ not enough to face death with confidence?

  5. The house of mourning reminds us of what Jesus has done. When Lazarus died, his sister Martha asked Jesus why He did not prevent it. Read John 11:23-27. How does faith in Christ give us new life even in the here and now?

  6. Christians still grieve pain and death, but we grieve with hope. Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 and 18. How can you encourage others with the hope of Jesus’ return?



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