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. Can pain be a good thing? We know the arguments, but pain is pain by any name, and those who experience it are not likely to be encouraged by platitudes. We look this week at the role faith plays in persevering through pain.