Monthly afternoon service – Evil & Suffering

Once per month, we have an afternoon service. We purposefully try not to replicate what we do in our morning meeting. We usually watch a video, break into discussion groups and then discuss two or three questions. We then have a plenary feedback session before watching a second video, to push our thinking a bit further, and doing the same again.

This month, we considered the question of evil and suffering. Here is what we did:


  1. How does sin allow God to display his glory?
    • Exo 14:4, 17f; Rom 9:17; Eze 20:13-14; 1 Sam 12:20-22; Isa 43:25; Psa 25:11; Hab 2:14
  2. Why is it good that God should display his glory?
    • Psa 16:11; Rom 5:8, 8:28


  1. Why is it loving of God to get us to serve and praise his glory?
  2. Thinking about the earlier section, and your answer to Q1, what is the goal of suffering and why can the Christian genuinely call it good
  3. How can we ensure that our lives are oriented towards God’s glory?