April 18 – When God Cries: God Suffers With Us // John 11:1-44 – Ryan Farrell
- How did last week’s challenge go? (Pray through Hebrews 4:16 daily, praying for yourself and for others that you know that are struggling these days. Journal God’s answers and the encouragement he brings to you.)
- Reread John 11:1-44. If you’re in a group break up the story and each read a segment. Read as expressive as you can. Picture yourself in the scene, engaging your imagination. What stands out to you most about the story? What does it unveil about God’s character and nature?
- In your own words, how did Ryan propose an “answer” to the “problem of suffering” in the sermon? Do you agree or disagree? How have you experienced God’s compassion (suffering alongside) personally in your life or seen it in the life of someone else?
2 Prayer Prompts
- God, have compassion on . . .
- Jesus, thank you that you have suffered alongside me through . .
Think of one person you know who is afflicted or struggling in some way. Brainstorm ways you can show compassion (your willingness to “suffer alongside”) to this individual. And then start, even if it seems small!
April 11 – When God Cries: Tears of Lament // Hebrews 5:5-10 – Paul Gazdik
- How did last week’s action challenge go? (Read and meditate on 2 Cor 5:16-21 daily asking God to change the way you see him, yourself and others. )
- Read Hebrews 4:14-5:10. C. S. Lewis said, Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one. How does knowing Jesus experienced suffering, fatigue, disappointment and heartbreak change the way you relate to God and your circumstances?
- Read Hebrews 5:7. What expressions of emotion of Jesus do you most relate to these days and why?
2 Prayer Prompts
- Praise God for the fact that he gets us, even the Covid us!
- Pray through Hebrews 4:16 asking the Holy Spirit to give voice to your lament.
Keep praying through Hebrews 4:16 daily. For yourself and for others that you know are struggling these days. Journal God’s answers and the encouragement he brings to you.