Let’s face it, life isn’t easy. In times of loss, grief, pain, or doubt, it’s normal to have questions — and it’s okay to ask them. If you’ve ever tried to make sense of your circumstances, or wished life didn’t have to hurt so much, or wondered why God won’t fix what you’re going through, you’re not alone. In this 4-week series, we’ll hear about a few people from Scripture who know exactly what it’s like. With Esther, David, Peter, Amos, and John, we’ll explore hard questions you or your teen thought you weren’t allowed to ask like “When people are hurting, where is God?" "When I’m hurting, does God leave me?" Have you ever wondered "If God is good, why do bad things happen?" And "When life hurts, is God listening?”
Some Great Discussion Questions
These questions can be used as a family devotion after dinner or even discussion questions during dinner, before school, or used on your own. Connecting as a family through what we are learning at youth group will put our parents at the forefront of their spiritual formation and help reinforce what's being learned. We are so thankful for our amazing parents!!
Use the questions below as a family discussion or as a way to study the scriptures! Going deeper in the Word is one huge way to help us to build a deeper faith in Christ! -Pastor Mark
:: Family Discussion Questions for week 1 ::
Devotional Study for week 1
This week's key Passages for study are: Esther 4:11-16, 7:1-10; 1 John 3:17-18; Proverbs 29:7
Questions for Week 1
- Have you ever been frustrated by something you didn’t understand? What was it and why was it so confusing?
- When it comes to God, what are some things people might question or be confused by?
- Have you ever felt confused by or frustrated about God? Tell us about it.
- Do you think it’s reasonable for people to have questions or doubts about God when there are big problems in the world? Why or why not?
- What do you think is the biggest problem causing suffering in the world today? What’s your reaction to that problem?
- When there’s a big problem in the world, why do you think God doesn’t just miraculously fix it?
- Read Proverbs 29:7. How do you think we can become more concerned with the needs of others? z When people are hurting or in need, how do we figure out what God wants us to do about it?
- How can you help someone who is hurting or in need this week?
- How would you (honestly!) respond to the question, “Where is God when people are hurting?”
Devotional Study for week 2
This week's key Passages for study are: Psalm 22, 42:9-11; Matthew 27:39-46; Hebrews 1:1-3a; II Corinthians 1:3-4
Questions for Week 2
- How many hours in a row could you spend with your best friends before you got sick of each other?
- Has a friend ever stuck by you during a hard time? What happened?
- Have you ever gone through a hard time but felt like you were all alone? Why did you feel that way?
- What are some examples of hard times that could make someone feel abandoned by other people?
- What about by God?
- Why do you think the question, “God, why have you forsaken me?” is in the Bible?
- When we’re hurting, what does Jesus reveal to us about what God is like?
- Have you ever felt like God was far away? What happened and why did you feel that way?
- When life gets hard, what are some things that help you pause and remember God is near?
- Read II Corinthians 1:3-4. This week, which do you need most: to be comforted or to comfort
- someone else? Why is that?
- How would you (honestly!) respond to the question, “When I’m hurting, why does God feel far away?”
Devotional Study for week 3
This week's key Passages for study are: Amos 5:10-15; Revelation 21:1-5a; Psalm 32:5
Questions for Week 3
What’s one really dumb way you’ve accidentally injured yourself?
What’s something bad that happened to you that you probably could have avoided?
Have you ever seen something really bad happen, seemingly for no reason? What happened?
What are some of the causes of the bad things we just mentioned?
What was Amos’ message to God’s people? Why is it a message we still need to hear today?
Name one bad thing that has happened in the world recently. How do you think God’s people should have responded? Did we respond that way?
Read Psalm 32:5. Have you hurt someone recently, or failed to help someone when they were hurting? What can you do to make it right?
What’s one way people are hurting right now because of other people’s cruelty? How can you (or we) show them God’s goodness?
What’s one way people are hurting right now because of tragedies that weren’t anyone’s fault? How can you (or we) show them God’s goodness?
How would you (honestly) respond to the question, “If God is good, why do bad things happen?”
Devotional Study for week 4
Key passages to check out are: Psalm 91; I John 5:14; Lamentations 3:55-56
Have you ever had a major miscommunication with someone? What happened?
What are some of the reasons we sometimes struggle to communicate with each other?
What are some of the reasons we sometimes struggle to communicate with God?
When life is hard, do you find it easier or more difficult to pray? Why do you think that is?
When life is hard, what are some things we might think we're not allowed to say to God?
When you pray, are you more likely to be honest or say what you think God wants you to hear? Why do you think that is?
Read Lamentations 3:55-57. Does this prayer remind you of anything going on in your life right now? What is it?
When you talk to God this week, what’s one way you can be more honest about your feelings and questions?
How would you (honestly!) respond to the question, “When life hurts, is God listening?” z How can we pray for you this week?
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