This week’s Bible Study deals with handling suffering and the importance of our children believing in Jesus Christ.
Read 1 Peter 2:13 – 3:22
Reflect on this passage
He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. ~ 1 Peter 2:22-25 (ESV)
After reading this passage in context, jot down some of your initial thoughts.
Suffering is not absent from the Christian life. Our Lord and Savior, suffered even though He did not commit any sin (v.22), so why should we be surprised when suffering happens to us? One of the biggest Christian fallacies that churches propagate is that being a Christian means that God will bless you with health and wealth if one has the proper faith. But Jesus, who lived a perfect faith, had no wealth and was killed for that faith.
Question: How does the suffering of Christ impact your faith?
Suffering is not out of the question for a Christian, so one must prepare for how to live like Christ during the suffering. How did Christ react? He didn’t react with force. He didn’t react with threats? Instead, He trusted in God (v.23)
Read Psalm 5
Question: What can we learn about trusting God in our suffering from David’s lament?
Suffering will happen to us all and even our own children. One of the hardest things about being a parent is watching our children suffer. I have seen my share of parents sitting with their children in hospitals and it never gets easy. Almost every parent would change places with their suffering child if they could.
That is why it is important for our children to know Jesus as Lord. If our children learn about Jesus, then when suffering happens they will already know of the promise that awaits us. Will it make it easier to deal with suffering? I can’t promise you that, but I can promise you that a life without hope is a lot harder then suffering with hope.
Take time this week to read John 10:1-21 with your children and talk to them about following Jesus.