The church is a community with a shared purpose, in which faithful disciples find their place in contributing to the mission of building the kingdom. We will be looking at specific Gospel texts that deal with this concept of shared purpose. Having completed the study on our identity as God's children, we now turn to consider what it means to live out our identity in community by sharing our gifts with one another.
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The book of Job explores the age old question of why bad things happen. The answers, if we are fortunate enough to even find, are rarely simple. Nonetheless, as followers of Jesus, who also endured bad things happening, we must not evade the difficult questions, but look to find meaning in and through our times of trial and suffering. We know the expression, “A good friend is hard to find.” But, is the opposite true? Is a hard friend good to find? In Job’s case, the answer may surprise you.