Icebreaker: What’s the last thing you watched on videotape?
Read Colossians 1:24-29
Why do we a think suffering means we are doing something wrong?
How does completely trying to avoid suffering in your life become a cage? How does it isolate you?
Why isn’t suffering optional? How does suffering build the kingdom of God?
If we refuse to suffer, what blessings are we refusing for ourselves? What blessings are we refusing to give to others?
How does God allowing Himself to be vulnerable to us bless us? What would a relationship with God be like if He didn’t open Himself up fully to us? How does this make us respond in kind to others?
Spend some time imagining that you are in heaven and God is showing you how your actions helped to release his will in the world. What do you see? How do you feel?