We hope the Equip Night was a help to those who attended last night. We want to invite you to come back on August 18th from 5-7 pm for our Prayer Gathering as we continue to walk together as a church in prayer.
Here's a few takeaways from last night:
It's important to have a Theology of Suffering BEFORE suffering hits. Pastor Jim gave us 3 planks to help build this strong platform so that when we go through pain and suffering we will be equipped to walk through the storms.
Theology of Suffering:
God Is Sovereign In Our Suffering
There Is Purpose In Our Suffering
God’s Grace Is Sufficient In Our Suffering
We also learned about Lamenting and the importance of practicing this prayer in pain. Lamenting gives us a pathway to walk from pain to eventual praise, and helps us to avoid the ditches of silence towards God and anger towards God.
The Four Movements of Lament:
(These are adapted from Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy- Mark Vroegop)
Turn- (Turn to God. Address God as you come to Him in prayer.)
Complain- (Bring your complaint. Identify in blunt language the specific pain or injustice. "Why" and "How" are often part of the complaint.)
Ask- (Ask boldly. Specifically call upon God to act in a manner that fits with His character and resolves your complaint.)
Trust- (Affirm God's worthiness to be trusted , and commit to praising Him.)
* Please stay tuned over the next few weeks as we release the full version of each of these stories on the blog.
Trusting God- Jerry Bridges
Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy- Mark Vroegop
Wrestling With an Angel- Greg Lucas
The Scars That Have Shaped Me- Vaneetha Risner
Please make plans to join us for the next Equip Night coming up on September 4th:
“Breaking the Silence”. Learn more and register here: