Finding Meaning in Suffering

Finding Meaning in Suffering: A Deeper Discipleship Course

We all experience suffering at some time in our lives. The question we sometimes ask ourselves is: Why? Is there meaning to be found in suffering?

When we look to Scripture, as well as spiritual writings and testimonies of other Christians, the answer is: Yes. Yes, meaning can be found in suffering. And then another question arises: How?

I am happy to announce a new Deeper Discipleship Short Course entitled Finding Meaning in Suffering. Beginning January 9, 2019, the class will meet for seven weeks on Wednesday nights at 6:20 pm (yes, 6:20 pm) in Room 203. The class was developed by Barbara Massey, leader of our Spiritual Care Team here at ESBC, and Barbara will also lead the class, along with other members of the Spiritual Care Team.

The content of the class will focus on the sufferings of the whole person—physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and spiritual. The methods of teaching will include presentation, discussion, reflective journaling, and sharing testimonies. The goals of the class are for participants as they grow nearer to God’s will: Finding meaning in their own suffering, past and present; and helping others find meaning in their suffering, past and present.

I believe this short course will have long-lasting impact on the lives of those who attend, so please consider checking it out. If you have any questions or would like more information, I know Barbara Massey would love to talk with you, and you can always contact me at

- Chuck Emory, Associate Pastor and Minister of Adults


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