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Often when we face trouble, pain, or even suffering, we want to give up, or walk away, do something else that’s easier.
Or if we know something is going to involve trouble or discomfort, we may avoid even getting involved in it.
However, as followers of Jesus, we can trust that not only will God help us stand firm, He can use our trouble to bring about good, using us to help others.
Scripture to read.
And Saul approved of their killing him.
The Church Persecuted and Scattered
1 On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. 2 Godly men buried Stephen and mourned deeply for him. 3 But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.
Philip in Samaria
4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. 6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. 7 For with shrieks, impure spirits came out of many, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. 8 So there was great joy in that city.
questions to ask.
"We need to resist the urge to be quick to judge any apparent defeats of the church, forgetting that God is Sovereign and can't lose. If we can do that, we can see every setback as a potential setup for an even greater opportunity to shine God's glory."
Discuss this quote from Pastor Pete's message.
People aren't our Enemy. Who is the Enemy? How does this reminder affect you currently?
How might a current trouble you are facing, be an opportunity that God is using to launch you forward to help others now or in the future?
See Section C for further reflection.
application | challenge.
What is God speaking to you about?
What is He calling you to do?
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additional activities & resources.
What is something new that God is showing you? What can you choose to change or do because of what The Holy Spirit is saying to you?
questions for families with kids.
Have you ever felt like giving up when trouble/scary things happened? Can you see how God helped or brought you through it?
Because you have felt like giving up before, how can you help someone else?
After Christians experienced trouble, they were scattered into many places and shared about Jesus. Talk about a time when God brought something good, or even better, out of a hard time in your life?