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When Life Gets Hard God Brings Meaning

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Pastor Steve Brown


Inspired by Option B, written by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, this series will teach five ways that God brings meaning to the suffering and loss we experience in life. When life gets hard, God brings post-traumatic growth through the direct ministration of His Holy Spirit and the consolation of His people. Through this, God works to build in us greater resilience and help us find joy.

This week's message: 

When life gets hard, God brings meaning to lift us out of the false pits of personalization, pervasiveness, and permanence. Personalization is the mindset that I am at fault. Pervasiveness is the mindset that a hard event will affect all areas of my life. Permanence is the mindset that the aftershocks of a hard event will last forever. These stunt our recovery and hinder building God-given resiliency. (Option B, p. 16) Personalization, pervasiveness, and permanence recede as God brings meaning to our suffering and loss. In this way, God builds in us greater resiliency and joy.


Next step: Identify which of the false pits of personalization, pervasiveness, and permanence has stunted your journey of grief. Ask God to bring meaning to your experience, build greater resiliency in you, and help you find joy.


Lessons: Job 4:7-8, Psalm 13, Romans 6:23, Luke 13:1-5

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