Finding Grace in Trials
Join us for 10-week support group at Rehoboth Baptist Church. September 11, 2019 through November 27, 2019. Click here for more information.
We all encounter various trials, as James put it. No matter how well put together we seem on the outside, sometimes our inner world is not so placid. What does the gospel of grace offer us during trials? It is the grace of God that offers real and lasting hope. Join us as we seek to apply the grace of God for help in our time of need.
How will this group help me?
All too often we quickly read the Bible's plain statements about trials. Somehow phrases like, "count it all joy", and "trials of various kinds" don't seem practical. They seem downright impossible. So, if we're honest, most of us will confess our lack of practical application of these biblical texts.
What we need in time of trial is God's grace. The problem is, even for Christians, this is counter intuitive. We look for self-help books or podcasts with 3 simple steps to avoid trials to begin with.
What is God up to in our trials? Author and speaker Paul Tripp often uses the term "rescuing grace". Although we have already been accepted in Christ, by grace, we still need rescuing from indwelling sin. Tripp explains, "The people that He has rescued, He will now restore to be what He has created them to be. Grace is not just rescue, grace is restoration, and that is powerfully presented to us in Exodus. And you and I need both aspects of that grace."
David and Lynn Bradford are leading this weekly support group focused on the topic of grace in trials. David trained for counseling under Dr. Tripp and others at CCEF and Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA. The Bradfords work as full-time counselors at Find Hope Counseling.
The grace of God is the major difference between truly gospel-centered counseling and other approaches. As with most inner struggles, listening to others share their story will forge a sense of connection. This connection is an aspect of how God designed humans for community.
The Bible uses the Greek term koinonia which means a "close association involving mutual interests and sharing". Through the close association with other Christians in the context of mutual interest in the topic of fear and anxiety we grow in God's grace. Sharing together with other believers in the same manner of struggle how God intends for us to live as Christians.
"Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love." (Eph. 4:15-16)
What you can expect
- Brief presentation of relevant topic
- Safe, non-judgmental environment
- Experienced discussion facilitator
- Freedom to share or just listen
- Supportive atmosphere
- Practical ideas for difficult struggles
- Helpful resource information
- Personal validation of your pain and fear
- Sense that you are not alone in this struggle
- Complete confidentiality of information shared
- To learn from one another
What we ask
- Show honor and respect to all participants
- Be sensitive to dominating the discussion
- Do not attempt to “fix” others in the group
- Share your experiences
- What is said in the group stays in the group