Below is a brief review of our meeting on Sunday, followed by discussion questions for Community Group or personal study and projection from the message.

Chris opened our time together with announcements and Karin Kruger prayed a Prayer of Praise.

We sang Greater Than We Can ImagineBecause He Lives (Amen), and His Mercy is More.

Shawn Rozier and guest Angie Grant shared about our upcoming Foster Child Gift Service Project. Stay tuned to our blog for more information.

Stephanie Shanks read Psalm 88 and Matthew preached the message, “Faith in the Dark” based off of this text. The message was a part of our current series, Songs of Lament. To listen to the message again, visit our Audio Resources page.

After the message we sang Out of the Depths and Chris led us in sharing communion.

We sang Rock of Ages and Chris closed our time with a benediction.

Discussion Questions:

1. Why should we not be surprised by sorrow? Why has God not promised to give us our “best life now”? In what ways have you heard this contradicted in the media? In the church?

2. What is it that distinguishes faith from unbelief? How does genuine faith respond to the darkest of afflictions?

3. What should be our response when we find ourselves, or one that we are close too, living in consistent suffering and darkness? How do we know that God understands our sorrow?

4. How is pouring out our sorrows a loud protest to the darkness? In what ways is God glorified with our laments? What is the connection between God’s sovereignty, our sorrow, and the hope of salvation?

5. What has been the darkest season of your life? How did you deal with your sorrow? What have you learned, or are you learning, about God’s faithfulness through that experience?

Projection from the Message:

Real faith responds to the darkest affliction by refusing to turn away from the God who saves.

1) The affliction God ordains includes experiences of unremitting darkness
A) We should not be surprised by sorrow
B) God understands our sorrow

“Psalm 88 begins and ends in darkness and isolation. Where is hope in the hopeless cry of this psalm? Psalm 88 gives us hope in our grief precisely because it has no hope in it. God understands the darkness that we face.” – Paul Tripp

C) It is good and right to lament our sorrow to the Lord

2) The distinguishing mark of faith is the direction you’re facing

Real faith responds to the darkest affliction by refusing to turn away from the God who saves.

Serena joined the office staff team in December of 2015. Originally from Aurora, Colorado, Serena began attending KingsWay when she moved to Midlothian in 2012 - immediately becoming drawn in to the vibrant and diverse community. She received her undergrad degree in Communications and Journalism and is pursuing graduate work in Counseling and Discipleship. Serena works full-time in the non-profit sector and serves on the board of the Bolivia Missions Foundation.


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