Sunday Life Group: The Book of Job

Publish Date

Oct 4 to Dec 13

Fall Module (Sundays @ 11:15am, from Oct 4 to Dec 13)
Instructor: Rev. Paul Chan

“In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Whether Ben Franklin or Mark Twain was the original author of this quote, he
should have added “suffering” to the list.

  • Suffering has driven many to atheism “There cannot be a God!”
  • Suffering has driven many simply to turn away from God: “He does not care!”
  • Suffering has drawn many closer to God: “Lord, I cannot go through it alone.”
  • Suffering has also become a favourite subject of philosophers and theologians who have filled the world’s libraries with their volumes.
  • Suffering has also become a basis on which for some to pass judgement on the innocence or guilt of the sufferers.

As Christians, we also struggle with this inevitable in life, wondering:

  • Is it the work of Satan?
  • Is it a direct result of our sins?
  • Is it an indirect result of the sins of the world?
  • Why do good people suffer?

Join us as we wrestle with these age-old questions together with Job and his three friends in the Book of Job. You may be surprised to find out that the ultimate teaching of this book has less to do with suffering, but more to do with a far more important truth that is central to the faith in Yahweh!

Schedule & Materials for This Term

DatesTitlePre-readingThemesHandouts
1 – OCT 4Introduction & Prologue (I)Ch. 1Central Theme of Job:
Q. No one fears God for nothing? (1:9)
Session 1 Handouts
2 – OCT 11Prologue (II)Chs. 2-3Integrity of Job
Q. Why has Job changed? Or has he?
Session 2 Handouts
3 – OCT 181st Cycle of Debate with 3 FriendsChs. 4-5; 8-11Friends’ defense of God’s action?
Q. Does God need our defense?
Session 3 Handouts
4 – OCT 251st Cycle of Debate: Job’s ResponseChs. 6-7, 9-10, 12-14You don’t understaand!
“Have you walked in my moccasins?’
Session 4
Handout #1
Handout #2
5 – NOV 11st Cycle of Debate: 3 Friends & JobChs. 15-21Implicating Job has sinned.
Q. Conventional or biblical wisdom?
Session 5
Handout #1
Handout #2
6 – NOV 81st Cycle of Debate with 3 FriendsChs. 22-25From implication to frabrication
Q. What has happened?
Session 6
Handout #1
Handout #2
7 – NOV 15Job’s Summary Defense (I)Chs. 26-28Job’s answer: I know as much as you do!
The struggle: Right knowledge, so what?
Session 7
Handout #1
Handout #2
8 – NOV 22Job’s Summary Defense (II)Chs. 29-31Lamentation
Job’s “why”!
Session 8 Handouts
9 – NOV 29ElihuChs. 32-37Empty Words of Wisdom!
Q. Was his argument not the same as 3 friends?
10 – DEC 6God Broke Silence!Chs 38-41His majesty & sovereignty: Q.1 Where are you?
Q.2 Not everything has to make sense!
11 – DEC 13EpilogueCh. 42Seeing God & “Doubled reward”, really?
Q. Did Job answer Satan’s challenge in 1:9?