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Success in Suffering (5-12-24)

2 Timothy 2:7-13

Anything worthwhile is never easy. If we are to move forward in our faith, it will require hard work. There is no fruit without toil, no glory without suffering, no crown without the cross. How do we find success through suffering?

1. Social research shows a shift in our culture from “denial-of-self” ethics to “duty-to-self” ethics. What does this mean? How have you seen this play out?

2. Read 2 Timothy 2:7-13.
    * In verse 8, Paul says to “remember Jesus Christ.” What can we learn from Jesus about suffering (see Hebrews 5:8)?
    * What hope should we find in Paul’s statement, “But the Word of God is not bound” (v. 9)?
    * What are some less-than-obvious ways we might deny Christ (v. 12)? 
3. Read 2 Corinthians 11:24-28. What stands out to you about Paul’s suffering? How does his suffering help put your circumstances in perspective?
4. Read 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. What motivated Paul to endure through such extreme suffering? How can we cultivate the same mindset as Paul in our own lives?
5. Pastor Hinz said that “The church persecuted is a church powerful.” Why do you think this is? What implications does this have for us as a church?
6. Pastor Hinz said that “We often run from the very thing God wants us to go through to get us where He wants us to be.” As you reflect on your life, are you trying to run from difficult circumstances? What might He be trying to teach you through trials and suffering? What challenge(s) do you need to embrace?