St Matthew’s Stephen Ministers Continuing Education
At First Methodist Church Lawrenceville
February 28, 2019
As you may know our Stephen ministers of St Matthew’s meet twice a month. The first meeting is at St Matthew’s, our second meeting is with our partners at First United Methodist of Lawrenceville.
This month’s education is on a book called “Why?” by Adam Hamilton. It has four chapters and our goal is to read one chapter per month.
This month we read “Why do the Innocent Suffer?”
We had a very lively discussion with this first chapter: starting with what not to say,
“Everything happens for a reason” and “It must have been the will of God;” I’m sure there are a few more you might know, but you get the idea.
As we moved through to the conclusion of the chapter, we were encouraged to consider our Christian Faith; The ideal that if we have Faith in God and seek to do what is right, Will we be exempt from suffering? This is far from the truth,
Rejecting God doesn’t change the situation that has caused our suffering; it only removes the greatest source of hope, help, comfort, and strength we have.