Christian Suffering

Last Sunday, Pastor Jay did a sermon entitled “Christian Suffering”. Since I always hear people asking “Why?” or “How could God…” in regards to suffering, I thought it wise to post a little blog on this to share it with others who are struggling with these questions.

Here is the last minute of the sermon, where Jay reviews the 5 points he made throughout the sermon:

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“Christian Suffering” (1 Peter 4:12-19)

1) Suffering is not strange for the Christian, it’s normal 1 Pet 4:12 | John 16:33 | Phil 1: 28-29 | 2 Tim 2:12 | 1 Pet 1:6 | Acts 14:22 | 2 Tim 3:12 | 1 Cor 4:9-13

2) Christian suffering is sanctifying (purifying) James 1:2 | Rom 5:1-5 | 1 Pet 4:12 | 1 Pet 1:6-7

3) Christian suffering is useful for our assurance and our rejoicing in future glory 1 Pet 4:13 | Acts 5:41 | 1 Thes 1:6 | 2 Cor 12:9 | Rom 5:1-2

4) Christian suffering is a indication of God’s favor and blessing 1 Pet 4:14-16 | 2 Cor 1:8-10 | Isa 11:2 | 2 Cor 12:9 | 1 Pet 2:20

5) Christian suffering is part of God’s future judgment 1 Pet 4:17-18 | Mal 3:1-6

6) Christian suffering should cause us to lean on our sovereign God 1 Pet 4:19

Download or listen to the entire sermon:

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