Pain can bring us together like nothing else.
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What creates community? Is it common goals and shared history? Relationships based on a shared gene pool or a shared faith? Or is it, as Philip Yancey suggests, hardship that best brings us together? In this study, we’ll meet the man whose painful experience as a prisoner of war became the movie The Bridge on the River Kwai. And we’ll see how suffering provides the ultimate test of faith—and of community.
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Luke 9:23–24; Luke 10:25–29; John 13:35; John 15:12–14; Acts 2:42–47; Romans 16:4,7
Identify the Current Issue
Discover the Eternal Principles
Teaching point one: Christian community is possible because of sacrifice.
Teaching point two: Christian community grows deeper in difficult times.
Teaching point three: True community extends beyond our faith community and changes how we see strangers, even enemies.
Apply Your Findings
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The Least Likely Soil, by Philip Yancey (September 2003, 10 printed pages)
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