Fall Bible Study: Tuesday nights at 7 pm
10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 113, 11/10
Job and the Problem of Human Suffering
Now with a title like that, who wouldn’t want to join Pastor Cheryl in exploring this topic?
But wait….maybe this IS the perfect time to explore this topic…because of what we are all experiencing right now.
Here’s the beginning of the story: Job is a wealthy man living in a land called Uz with his large family and extensive flocks. He is “blameless” and “upright,” always careful to avoid doing evil. One day, God boasts
to Satan about Job’s goodness, but Satan argues that Job is only good because God has blessed him abundantly. Satan challenges God that, if given permission to punish the man, Job will turn and curse God.
In the course of one day, Job receives several messages that his livestock, servants, and ten children have all died due to marauding invaders or natural catastrophes. Later, Job himself suffers horrible skin sores.
And you think YOU have problems.
How does Job react? How do his friends seek to comfort (or torment) him? What is the answer to why a loving God allows suffering?
P.S. from Pastor Cheryl: I created this Bible Study and must lead it to fulfill one of the requirements for ordination. I would personally be grateful for anyone willing to brave this most profound theological
If you’re joining us, here’s the reading schedule for the first week:
(Sept. 30) Day 1: Job 1:1-12
(Oct. 1) Day 2: Job 1:13-22
(Oct. 2) Day 3: Job 2:1-13
(Oct. 3) Day 4: Job 3:1-26
(Oct. 4) Day 5: Sunday worship
(Oct. 5) Day 6: research into Job, its place in the Bible, and what kind of literature it is (internet)
(Oct. 6) Day 7: class