Covenant Baptist Church
Responding Well to Suffering Pt IV - The Value of Community (Ecclesiastes 4:12)
Sermon Guide for April 28, 2019
Locations & Times
  • Covenant Baptist Church
    5440 SW 37th St, Topeka, KS 66614, USA
    Sunday 10:45 AM
When we allow suffering to isolate us from community with others we are making something that is already hard, exponentially harder.
In order to respond well to suffering we need to…
● Know that suffering is unavoidable.
● Know that Jesus gets what your suffering is like for you.
● Know that suffering always has the potential to add great value to our lives.
o Because that is true God will, at times, lead us to times of suffering.
● Always feel free to ask God for what you honestly want.
● Always follow that “ask” with a sincere willingness to trust God more than yourself.
● Know that it’s always safe to submit to the Perfect Love of God.
● Know that Perfect Love is the single greatest power in the universe.
● Remember, suffering with Jesus is altogether different than suffering apart from Jesus.
● In order to go through Suffering with Jesus we must intentionally turn to Jesus and rely on Him as our way forward.
How many people would you say know what hurts in your life the most and why it hurts you?
How many people do you have who are compassionate to you when you experience suffering?
A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back to back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple braided cord is not easily broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12
Why isolation is toxic, especially in suffering
● There is no one to help us see unhealthy thoughts and attitudes that are taking root in our lives.
● Bitterness and resentment become very difficult to avoid because we tend to blame others for not caring, leaving us alone.
● Isolation makes suffering seem unending because we lose sight of the fact that our suffering is temporary
● When we suffer alone our ability to endure can easily get exhausted.
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. Proverbs 17:17
Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family, and do not go to your relative’s house when disaster strikes you— better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away. Proverbs 27:10
Relying on others in suffering requires us to…
1. Be willing to let others know and be with us when we suffer.
And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it…1 Corinthians 12:25
2. Be willing to compassionately be with those who are suffering.
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17
How to be with those who are suffering:
The greatest benefit we can be to those experiencing times of suffering is to be present with them in a compassionate way.
So, as those who have been chose of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion… Colossians 3:12
Compassion means we are…
● Available
● Willing
● Patient
● Concerned
● Ok with things not being ok
● Prayerful
Romans 12:15 …weep with those who weep.
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

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