Message Series: Evil & Suffering “Identity”
Evil & Suffering Series
Act(s) of Worship
Who we each are individually makes up who we are as a community of people. It can be difficult to go against the ideologies, cultural norms, and assumptions that our particular group has held onto as our identity when it contradicts God’s desire for us to be a people who promote justice and reconciliation. Sometimes our sense of identity is based on things that cause other people pain or suffering. Sometimes we are unjust because we have never seen life from someone else’s point of view.
Romans 12:2 “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
- In what ways do you feel that God has been transforming your identity? (This can be through the youth group/program, through impact of camp, miraculous shift in desires, friendships, etc…)
- What are some of the behaviors and customs of this world (school, parties, family, culture, using others) that are hurtful to yourself or others that you are tempted to be a part of?
- How might others in this group help you with the hurt you have caused others?
James 1:22 “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.”
- In what ways are we fooling ourselves if we don’t act out what we know to be true and right?
- Is there anyone in your life you need to apologize to? Anyone you need to forgive? (sometimes this can even be yourself.)
Written by: Brock Morgan
with Brian Cress, Chuck Hunt, Mark Helsel, Leah Knight, Danny Kwon, Paul Martin, Kelsey Morgan, and Mark Riddle