Chestnut Ridge Church
Hard Questions—Part 5
What is the purpose of life? Why does God allow suffering? Should Christians be involved in politics? How can we find truth in this world? When we face important questions in life, where can we turn? Regardless of our perspective on tough subjects, the Bible can provide us with the insight and guidance we all need. Tune in for the series, Hard Questions, as we explore some of the difficult and uncomfortable topics that arise in today’s world. We’ll discover how a book that was written almost 2,000 years ago can still provide relevant and topical answers.
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  • Chestnut Ridge Church [CRC]
    2223 Cheat Rd, Morgantown, WV 26508, USA
    Sunday 11:45 AM

Hello from The Ridge!

Thank you for gathering with us today! You can find out more about The Ridge on our website, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

http://www.chestnutridgechurch.com/
Online Service // 9am / 11am
In-Person Service // 11am

This Sunday, we will begin offering one in-person service at 11am. We welcome you to join us in the auditorium, and be sure to read the updated guidelines and procedures before you return to The Ridge! You can find the information you need to know at www.theridge.church/reopen.

Not ready to attend in person? That's ok! We will continue to stream services online at 9am and 11am. Sunday's service will be available to watch on our app, at www.theridge.church/live, on Facebook and YouTube at 9am and 11am. To stay up-to-date on the latest information regarding services, reopening, and events, please visit us online at www.theridge.church.

Download the app that makes it easier for you to connect with The Ridge wherever you are! You can download it in the iOS and Android app stores, and on AppleTV, AndroidTV, Amazon Fire, and Roku. It's simple, easy, and best of all, it's FREE! Create a profile, share content straight from your phone, tune in to livestreams, watch past content, set a reminder for upcoming services, and build your own watch list—it's all at your fingertips!

http://www.theridge.church/onlinegroups Join us this fall in an online group! In this season, we need connection with God and each other more than ever. We invite you to try an Online Group with leaders and others from The Ridge. We will learn from the Bible, share our prayer requests, and be encouraged. Online groups will meet weekly for one hour via Zoom video call. Zoom links will be emailed to you. Sign up online!

During this season, your gifts to support what God is doing at The Ridge are more important than ever. You can continue to give online at theridge.church/give, by texting a dollar amount to 304-470-4078, or mailing your check or cash to 2223 Cheat Road, Morgantown, WV 26508.  We appreciate your support and generosity!

Give online

Even though this is a season of great financial uncertainty, your gifts to support what God is doing at The Ridge are more important than ever. Thank you for being a part of ministry at The Ridge in this rapidly-changing season.
For your convenience, you may submit your giving electronically online or by texting a $ amount to 304-470-4078. Click below to give securely online with your credit card or bank account through our mobile giving site.

http://www.chestnutridgechurch.com/give/
Today's Music
See A Victory, I'm Listening, Good Grace
Hard Questions—Part 5
[Tim Haring]
Problem | Why does God allow suffering?
Solution | We can make sense of our suffering.
• All suffering can be traced back to the sin of Adam and Eve.
• We should not expect God to intervene every time bad things happen.
• Christians should view suffering as discipline, not punishment.
• All suffering can be traced back to the sin of Adam and Eve.
• We should not expect God to intervene every time bad things happen.
• Christians should view suffering as discipline, not punishment.
No one has suffered as much as God has.
God, in consistency with his immutability, assumes a changed position in respect to changed man. –J.P. Lange
The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.–Genesis 6:6, NIV (1984)
• All suffering can be traced back to the sin of Adam and Eve.
• We should not expect God to intervene every time bad things happen.
• Christians should view suffering as discipline, not punishment.
• No one has suffered as much as God has.
• Suffering should remind us that this world is not our home.
• All suffering can be traced back to the sin of Adam and Eve.
• We should not expect God to intervene every time bad things happen.
• Christians should view suffering as discipline, not punishment.
• No one has suffered as much as God has.
• Suffering should remind us that this world is not our home.
Suffering provides an opportunity for us to care for one another.
• All suffering can be traced back to the sin of Adam and Eve.
• We should not expect God to intervene every time bad things happen.
• Christians should view suffering as discipline, not punishment.
• No one has suffered as much as God has.
• Suffering should remind us that this world is not our home.
• Suffering provides an opportunity for us to care for one another.
Suffering reminds us of our need for God.
Today's Takeaway | We can make sense of our suffering
• Do I realize that suffering is normal because we live in a sin-scarred world?
• Do I understand that God, in his sovereignty allows suffering?
• In what ways does God want me to grow through my suffering?
• Do I realize God can sympathize with my suffering because he has suffered?
• How might this suffering help loose the grip this world might have on me?
• In what ways am I able to use this suffering to help to others?
• How might this situation draw me closer to God?

Discussion Questions

Ready to take a next step in your personal or group study time? Follow the link below for printable discussion questions about today's message. You'll also find links to this Sunday's audio, video and weekend program.

http://www.chestnutridgechurch.com/HardQuestionsPart5

Weekly Devotional

Get More From the Message | Each week, a new devotional will be available on Tuesday and Thursday. These devotionals are based on the previous Sunday's message, and aim to take the message further and help you dive deeper into the topic. You can find the devotionals at the link, or sign up to receive weekly emails.

https://www.chestnutridgechurch.com/devotional/

Miss a weekend?

You can watch or listen to past messages online!

http://www.chestnutridgechurch.com/messages/