“Why Do Bad Things Happen?” 10.01.17 – Pastor Kassebaum

“Why Do Bad Things Happen?” – Matthew 13:24-30; Romans 5:12, 18-21

Sin is the reason

Before there was sin, there was no evil and no death.

Our fallen nature has left us spiritually blind, spiritually dead and God’s enemies.

Psalm 32:5

Grace wins

The worse the world gets, the more we realize our need for God.

Grace sustains us in our weariness until our joy is restored.

2 Peter 3:9

What can we do?

Receive God’s grace daily.

Remember this place is temporary.

Reject human solutions.

Reach out with God’s love.

Philippians 2:15 (The Message)

 

Study Questions:

  1. Do you think cancer or sin frightens people the most? Why?
  2. In what ways are cancer and sin similar?
  3. When we hear of tragedies and natural disaster, why are we prone to blame God and/or other people rather than recognize death and evil as the by-products of sin?
  4. How do the phrases “spiritually blind, spiritually dead and God’s enemies” help you understand your own thoughts/actions as well as that of others around you?
  5. Why is it important to know the difference between Sin (as a condition) and sins (our behavior)?
  6. When you understand your bondage to Sin, how does that change your understanding of forgiveness (deliverance)?
  7. What are some ways you think you might be able to help others deal with life’s tragedies?

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