“When we are honest about the magnitude of suffering in our fallen world we have an opportunity to see the magnitude of God’s hope in Christ put on display.”

Sin doesn’t only have ramifications in our hearts, but it effects every aspect of our world as well. From fallen bodies, to a fallen environment, to a fallen culture, to our relationships with fallen people, we are immersed in a sin-soaked world. But the prevalence and magnitude of sin in our world is matched (and exceeded) by the prevalence and magnitude of hope we have in Christ. Our world is worse off than we even realize, but God’s redemptive work is greater than we’ve ever imagined.

Application Questions

1. What ways do you see creation “groaning”?

2. How do you try to minimize this groaning or pretend it’s not really as bad as it is?

3. What false expectations do you carry with you that leave you surprised when you’re faced with the fallenness of the world?

4. What do you look to (other than God) to try and deal with the suffering in our fallen world?

5. How can you be regularly reminded of the hope of the gospel for your life and for eternity in the midst of the fallenness of our world?

Scott Mehl

Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.

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