3 Questions & the Sermon from Sunday

Reflection Questions for Sermon Sunday, 10/16/2018 by Rev. Dr. Jeff Patterson on Job 2:11-13, “No Reason to Rejoice, II”

  1. Pastor Jeff said that Job suffered well by “continuing the relationship [with God] even if that means shouting at God.” Have you ever been tempted to shout at God? How does the idea of it feel to you (i.e., sacrilegious, cathartic, intimate, frightening…)?
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  2. Pastor Jeff said Job’s friends have two main goals in their minds:
    -Defending God
    -Straightening Job out
    Consider this. Does God need our defense? Why or why not? Is a time of suffering the best time to “straighten someone out”? What ought our goals be when we approach a friend in pain?
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  3. Pastor Jeff quoted Latino author Jorge Luis Borges: “Do not speak unless it improves upon the silence.” Reflect together on a time when silence was profound to you. How does God use silence to speak to us?

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    In lieu of a closing prayer, consider sitting together in silence for 90 seconds.