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Are Our Life Situations, As Christians, Compatible With What We Believe About God?

To download the Bible Study Preparation Materials for November 17, 2010, please click here.

Last week in Bible Study we continued our study of the book of Job by examining the response of Job’s friends to his suffering.  We used Job’s friend’s response as a prototype for how we often respond to suffering.  We also studied the sources of human suffering through an examination of Old Testament and New Testament scripture as well as our own life experiences.  We examined the need for us as Children of God to consider our limited knowledge of one’s situation (since we are not omniscient like God) when we attempt to encourage them.  Perhaps God is working out something through our pain and suffering that will glorify Him!  What marvelous works is God doing in and through us?  We also considered a proper response to the pain and suffering that we or our friends (both saved and unsaved) may experience in life.

This week  we will study Job’s (and his friend’s) understanding of God’s justice and how such an understanding affects our faith and our relationship with God.

Over the next few weeks, we will be examining Job in large chunks of scripture.  So please feel free to read ahead and review chapters 3:1 – 37:24

Bible Study Scripture:  Job 10:2-17; 16:7-17; 19:6-22; 6:1-13; 21:4

Lesson Outline:

  1. Opening Prayer
  2. Read Job 10:2-17; 16:7-17; 19:6-22; 6:1-13; 21:4
  3. What does Job say and ask about God’s actions?
  4. What does Job’s words imply about God’s character?
  5. Why does Job think his impatience is understandable, if not positively justified?
  6. Our Response (Life Application)
  7. Summary
  8. Closing Prayer

Bible Study Question of the week:

Read Phillipians 4:4-13.  Do you think Job should try to rejoice in the Lord and be quietly content with his circumstances?  Why or Why Not?    If you are able, please use scripture to support your response:)

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