There’s a story in the Bible about a young man named Joseph who was a stud. Genius smart and GQ material too. His boss’ wife put the hustle on him (my boys call it wheeling) and he nobly turned down all of her advances. For this he was thrown in prison! I could never figure out how God could allow a person to suffer for doing good. I always thought that if I did good things, God would bless me, almost like God was obligated to bless me! Maybe you know another story where a good person suffers for doing good…
- Name the human ‘authority figures’ (v. 13) in your life right now. What would it look like for you to submit to them?
- What does it mean to ‘live as free people’? (v. 16) What does freedom in Christ actually look like?
- Tell of a time you suffered or saw someone else suffer, for doing good. Talk about how that felt for you.
- When you hear the retelling of Jesus submission (v. 21-25) what piece stands out to you most? Why?
- How would you explain ‘God’s plan for suffering’ to someone who doesn’t believe in Jesus?