Arise! – Questions About Suffering
1 Peter 1:3-7
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

Question: How could a good God allow suffering?

  • Suffering isn’t evidence against God
  • Suffering is something God takes on
  • Suffering and resurrection


Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?

My Story: Most of us have direct or personal experience with evil and suffering. This experience becomes an occasion to either move toward God… or away from God. In times of suffering or loss, which direction have you moved… or will you move?

Digging Deeper:

  1. A challenge in coming to terms with God in the midst of suffering has to do with either lessening His power in defending His goodness, or lessening His goodness in defending His power. In which direction are you more likely to wrestle?
  2. God may have wise and benevolent reasons for allowing evil in some measure. Review Joseph’s statement in Genesis 50:20. How does this verse begin to give an answer to the problem of suffering?
  3. Jesus shows more than a little vulnerability and trepidation as He faces suffering and death (Mark 14:33-6; Matthew 27:46). What does this say about the kind of suffering He would experience? How does His suffering redeem our suffering?
  4. God, in His providence, allows evil and suffering to exist so that He may have more glory when He overthrows evil with the kingdom of God. This begins with the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and finds fulfillment with His kingdom return. React.

Taking It Home: Review “Your Spiritual Journey: A Personal Guide.” Consider where you are now on your Spiritual Journey, then where you would like to be. What is standing between you and that place? What will it take for you to move beyond those barriers? Be ready to tell this to your group.


If you are visiting, we want to extend a special welcome to you and invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. On Saturday, Pastor Jeff will be available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, he and his wife, Mary will meet you at the Welcome Center.


We are happy to have you with us today and would like to honor new guests with a gift. Please take our Communication Card, with as much of your information as you would like, to the Welcome Center in the lobby to receive a special gift!


The church consists of many members that come together to form one unified body. Beginning April 11, we will look at what it means to be a member of Christ’s body. We will be discussing how the Scriptures define the expectations for the concept of membership in the local church. We will also be seeking, as a body, to find out where our unique gifts and talents can be used in ministry to serve our community.


Our pastor and his wife will be away the week following our Easter services to celebrate their 27th Wedding Anniversary. They will be in Washington, DC, and visiting their daughter, Kelly. Pastor Jeff will return April 14th, and in his place Dave Mathewson will bring the teaching message April 11-12.


We have a special guest for the musical portion of our worship services next week. Danny Byram will bring a creative and tasteful artistic edge to our corporate celebration in Pastor Kerry’s absence. Bring a friend!


Are you new to Aspen Ridge Church? Do you have questions about ministries and where you may fit in? There’s a new session of “The Bridge” starting soon. Cal and Parmelee Welsh will be hosting this small group and would love to meet you. The start date is April 12, at 9:00 AM.


We have had significant interest in a spring Baptism. We have scheduled a Baptism Weekend on April 25-26. If you are interested in joining this process, please call the church office to schedule a pastoral interview at least one week prior.


This event is a fundraiser for our DV8 students attending retreats and camps this year. If you are a parent who needs a night out, you can drop your kids off at church on Friday, April 24 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM. The DV8 students, along with some parent volunteers, will be providing fun, snacks and a movie for the kids in attendance. There is a suggested donation of $10 per hour. All proceeds go to our students!


Our dates for VBS in the summer of 2015 will be June 8-12. Our theme is “Jump In,” a high-energy, praise-loaded, custom curriculum featuring Go Fish. Please mark your calendars and begin to pray for this exciting community outreach event!


This week’s menu includes meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn and beans, salad and dessert for only $2.50 each/$10 per family. Please join us for this time of fellowship together!


We have a mobile page that we hope you may find useful during services for things such as bulletins, online giving and small group sign-ups. Visit on your smartphone or tablet and save the page to your home screen for ease of access. Keep an eye out for a printed version of instructions, available to small groups soon!


Our celebration of communion for the month of April will be moved one week from our normal schedule. Due to Easter weekend, we will observe communion on April 11 and 12.


For atheists and agnostics, questioners and quest-takers, skeptics and searchers: a discussion group where no Bible knowledge is required and no question is out of bounds…The Trailhead. If you may be a good fit for this group, please contact Kerry Cox at the email listed in the staff section. If there’s someone you know that may be interested, pass the information along!

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