Valley Church
Facing Our Greatest Fears
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    4343 Fuller Rd, West Des Moines, IA 50265, USA
    Sunday 8:00 AM, Sunday 9:30 AM, Sunday 10:15 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM
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    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 8:15 AM, Sunday 9:30 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM
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· SUFFERING AVOIDANCE is a way of life for most people.
· Some seem to have NO DESIRE to avoid suffering.
· Peace is not a FEELING; it is a CONDITION.
As a Follower of Jesus Christ:
1. EXPECT times of suffering.
As a Follower of Jesus Christ:
2. Expect some will try to diminish your INTENSITY for Christ.
As a Follower of Jesus Christ:
3. Expect that obedience to Christ will invite OPPOSITION.
When you face times of Suffering:
1. Know you will have the PRESENCE of the Holy Spirit.
When you face times of Suffering:
2. Know your suffering will IMPACT others.
When you face times of Suffering:
3. Know that we are not called to a life of COMFORT.
When you face times of Suffering:
4. Know that God makes death a SERVANT.
Discussion Questions
Questions cover Acts 6-7
1. What are some fears you personally have faced? How have you handled them?

2. When considering suffering as a follower of Jesus Christ, what kinds of emotions and questions come up?

3. In Acts the early church seemed to embrace suffering for the sake of Christ as simply a part of being a disciple. How is that different from or similar to your current experience?

4. Do you find yourself trying to either “calm Christians down” or encourage their bold steps in faith? Why or why not?

5. How would you have advised Stephen if he had been in your small group?

6. Would Jesus be loved and embraced if he lived in Des Moines today? Why or why not?