The Purpose of Suffering – Sermon – January 30 2011
Would it help all of us, to gain a Godly perspective on suffering, to understand it, how to endure it, how not to be afraid of it, and yes even to rejoice in it? Was the story of Job in the Old Testament a rather extreme example of Suffering for a Man, and how can we learn from what happened to Job? What are God’s purposes for us in suffering, in the trials of a Christian? When we get hit by despair and tribulation we often ask, Why is God letting this happen to me? Does he still love me? Why has he cast me off so? Am I forgotten or abandoned by God?
Listen for these questions and answers about “The Purpose of Suffering”, in the 1-part MP3 Audio Sermon below.
Scriptures below from the church bulletin used in the Sermon:
Psalm 107: 1-3, 17-22, Job 9: 25-35, 1 Peter 4: 1-6, Matthew 16: 21-28
Keywords: sufferng, tribulation, rejoice in suffering, rejoicing, despair in suffering, God’s purpose in suffering, Paul’s thorn in the flesh with suffering, C.S. Lewis and suffering, Helen Keller and suffering, overcoming suffering, refining you through suffering, Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego in the fires of the burning furnace,