Romans 8:18–23

Suffering Exposes Our Sin

In this lab, Pastor John explains that wars rage, cancer lingers, and suffering remains so that we all might know how horrible sin really is.

Principle for Bible Reading

Turn Bible Study into Repentance

Often we come across texts that expose our sin. When you do get pierced by the sword of God’s Word, take time to stop and repent before the Lord.

Study Questions

  1. In the world today, what connections do you see between human sin and human suffering?
  2. Watch the lab. Do you agree with Pastor John’s reason for suffering?
  3. Is there any suffering in your life that you despise more than your sin? How can you fight to hate your sin more?


  • Cancer Is a Parable About Sin | In this clip, Pastor John tells us what we should learn about sin from cancer.

  • Is My Suffering Meaningless? | In this article, Vaneetha Risner tells us that none of our suffering is ever meaningless.

  • Job Rebuked in Suffering | In this message, Pastor John surveys the life of Job and tells us that suffering for God’s people is never punishment but surgery for sanctification.