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Sermon Audio: Clarifying the Confusion


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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Clarifying the Confusion

Ken Harrell

Senior Pastor

It’s a definite that suffering is going to hit our lives at some point… and oftentimes more than once. Suffering hurts, it’s harsh, and it’s confusing. But this week, we’re Clarifying the Confusion…because when suffering hits, it’s up to us whether it makes us bitter or better. It all comes down to what we’re focusing on.

Fill-in Notes

Key Scripture

Hebrews 11:32–38

Take Away / Application

God uses suffering to show His power, His purpose, and His promises.

Discussion Questions

Don’t be afraid to add to this list, skip questions that don’t work for your group or branch off with additional questions as discussion unfolds. Conversation is key! This is the time to work through the application of scripture and have group members figure things out together.

  1. Take time to discuss the two introductory statements in your notes and how they relate or don’t relate to your view of life’s circumstances.
  2. Do you ever struggle with knowing God can prevent suffering if He chooses to? How do the last two weeks help if you struggle in this area?
  3. Have you given thought to the fact that God’s promises and principles are the same for every Christian, but His plans may be different? How can this be freeing when facing suffering? Read John 21:18–22. What is Jesus’ simple command to us when facing different circumstances? (Hint: “Follow Me!”)
  4. How have you seen God reveal Himself during times of suffering in your life? When we look back on God revealing Himself through the storms of life, how can that give you confidence for difficult times ahead?
  5. “Testings come from God to bring out the best in us. Temptations come from Satan to bring about the worst in us.” How has God refined you through the testing of your faith?
  6. Has God ever brought you close to Him through tough times? Share.
  7. Do the circumstances of life tend to determine your faith or does your faith grow stronger through the circumstance of life?
  8. Read Matthew 14:22–33. When Peter took his eyes off of Jesus he began to sink. In light of life’s current circumstances, where do you need to focus your eyes back on Jesus? (Prayer, Serving, Reading Bible, Attending Church, Marriage, Friendship, Anger…)
  9. How can you begin to leverage the struggles of 2020 to glorify God and bring others closer to Him?

Prayer or Action Step

  1. Faith grows through the Word of God. What have you learned from your time in the Bible this week? How is it impacting your daily life?
  2. How is your prayer life?


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Scripture Reference



Authentic faith, Bible, Difficulties, Faith, Joy, Suffering