OK, so I’d hoped for a few more votes to get us going in our Bible study but…that didn’t happen. I almost decided not to give this Bible study group a try, but I just feel this is something God wants me to do. And if it only helps one person, then I’m OK with that. So we had one vote for BAD NEWS-GOOD NEWS and one for TOPICS.
Both votes win! How’s that for a compromise? We’re going to do TOPICS and the first topic is…BAD NEWS-GOOD NEWS. But it will be a much shorter study than I’d orginially planned, probably between 4-6 sessions. Hopefully, we’ll cover the topic well enough for us to learn something from it. So, let’s get started.
I got the suggestion of Sisters in the Word for the name of our group, but I didn’t want to leave out the men so I chose Believers in the Word. I think it’s a good name. It can mean believers (that’s us) studying the Word but it can also mean that we believe in the Word–which we do. So I like it!
BAD NEWS-GOOD NEWS (Session 1)
Today’s session focuses on the BAD NEWS. I know–that’s not all that fun but reality is reality.
Many Christians feel that once they become Christians, they deserve a life with no problems. After all God loves us so why would he let anything bad happen to us. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. In John 16:33 Jesus says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble but take heart! I have overcome the world.”
It can’t be more clear than that. Jesus said to expect troubles. So for those Christians who believe being a Christian means living a trouble-free life or at least a tragedy-free life, think again. It’s simply not true.
Bad things can happen for lots of reasons: our own actions; someone else’s actions (after all, they have free will too); or circumstances beyond our control, such as a tsunami. I think it’s a lot easier for us to accept difficult situations when we know our own actions contributed to it. Here’s a few examples and not from my life.
I have cancer, but I chose to smoke.
I had a heart attack but I’m the one who didn’t live a healthy lifestyle.
My marriage is over but I’m the one didn’t spend enough time with my spouse.
It’s much more difficult to accept a situation when we didn’t have a part in it or at least we can’t see our part, or worse yet when we are trying to be obedient to God and things still fall apart. But not to worry, we’re all in good company.
MARY & JOSEPH–if anyone should have had an easy time, it should have been Mary and Joseph. But they didn’t!
PAUL-Paul wrote more than half the New Testament and yet he spent a lot of time in prison as he wrote it!
THE ORIGINAL DISCIPLES-they were the first to believe and know that Jesus was the Son of God, but almost all of them died for their beliefs.
None of these people were unloved by God. In fact, they were great women and men of God. And Jesus was the Son of God. But it didn’t keep them from really difficult situations–even death.
Here’s a few Bible Verses to think about:
Let this same attitude be in you that is in Christ Jesus.
2 Peter 1:3, NIV
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life throughour knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
And my favorite…
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
What a wonderful promise that is!
QUESTIONS: Please answer one or more than one and leave the answer in the comments section. If you don’t see your answer right away, it means I have to approve it first, so be patient. Feel free to respond to others’ comments in a kind, loving way.
1. Share a difficult situation that you are going or did go through. Did you feel abandoned my God during that time? Angry at God? Unloved by God?
2. What did you learn from the situation?
3. Pick one of the Bible verses from today and tell what it means to you as as you go through a difficult situation.
UNTIL NEXT TIME…GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!