The Wrath of Elihu – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

jobs-friends

Miserable comforters. How would you like to be visited in the hospital after serious cancer surgery by one of Job’s “friends”? Have you ever been drawn into an argument between you and God about what is fair? Do you ever plead with God, “Why? Why?” Or do you stop talking to God when you can tell … [Click to read more …]

Intimations of Hope – Discussion starters
Joyce Griffith

The cross

“ ‘He also shall be my salvation, for a hypocrite could not come before Him’ ” (Job 13:16, NKJV). Seven days of silence. Have you ever kept quiet about some issue in order to stay out of trouble with others at work or in the church? If so, did it work? Did Job follow that procedure? … [Click to read more …]

Innocent Blood – Discussion Questions
Joyce Griffith

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Pat Answers. As a Sabbath School teacher, were you ever put off–although of course nobody noticed–by pat answers? You might have begun a discussion on the essence of sin, for example, by asking the question, “What is sin?” and almost like a record player, someone would speak up, “Sin is transgression of the law.” Silence fell. … [Click to read more …]

Retributive Punishment – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

Noah's Ark in the Flood

Retribution. [Lesson 7 for Nov 12, 2016] We don’t often see the  word “retribution” presented as the adjective, “retributive,” do we? What is retribution? Is punishment-bearing retribution stronger than simply suffering from the results of sin?  Why doesn’t God choose retribution as punishment for all of our sins? Or does He?   First Accusations from Eliphaz, … [Click to read more …]

The Curse Causeless? Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

Job's Suffering and the Discouragement of Three Friends

The Big Questions. [Lesson #6 November 5, 2016] Now as we listen to Eliphaz, how does the story of Job broaden? How would you feel if you were suffering from a disease or injury only to have a “friend” tell you it was all your fault? Does Eliphaz seem to be reminding Job that being human means taking the … [Click to read more …]

God and Human Suffering – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

Earnest Prayer

What has God clearly revealed in this world about Himself? [Lesson 4 – October 22, 2016] Perhaps there’s been a bad forest fire close to where you live. Or flooding has ruined the harvest for the year. (Romans 1:18-20) Still, does Paul proclaim that we have seen enough in nature to know God and know Him well?When … [Click to read more …]

“Doth Job Fear God for Naught?” – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

God’s Servant Job. [Lesson 5, Oct 15, 2016 ] It is true, is it not, that all of God’s children are blessed by God. Shouldn’t our state of being blessed lead us to a sense of thanksgiving? What about Job? Did the devil reason that Job was satisfied in the Lord because of the blessings bestowed upon … [Click to read more …]

The Book of Job – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

Lessons from the Bible.

What is the book of Job? (Lesson for October 1, 2016)The book of Job is written as poetry, loaded with symbolism and parallel structure. The book is carefully constructed, as if it is intended for memorizing and even public presentation. Far greater than that, however, is the message of Job. What does Job have to say … [Click to read more …]

How Shall We Wait? Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

Woman talking to an apparently destitute man, eating.

Memory Text: Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.—Romans 12:11-13 NIV. [Lesson 13, September 24, 2016] Were you impressed when you read the summary of Christian witnessing in northern California on … [Click to read more …]