"suffering" Tagged Sermons

Surprised by Purpose

COLOSSIANS 1:24-29 Paul lets the church know that Christ had given him a purpose (v.24-25). How can we fill up what was lacking in the suffering of Christ? What stewardship has been given to us to make the word fully known? What have we been doing to make the word of God more fully known?…

Hope in the Midst of Anguish

LAMENTATIONS 3:18-24 In times of great anguish we can easily lose our hope (v. 18-20). What anguish was robbing Jeremiah of his hope? What anguish is robbing us of our hope? Remembering the steadfast love of God will help you find hope (v. 21f). What will help you to be more firmly convinced of the…

Hope Explained

ROMANS 8:18-25 This life’s trials are incapable of being compared to our hope of glory (v.18). What weight of suffering could compare to the weight of the glory that is coming? Why would God want us to think about this comparison? (2 Cor. 4:17) This creation has become the very definition of hope for us…

Shall We Accept Good from God and Not Trouble?

JOB 1-2 Before we read Job, we must be reminded of God’s nature (Exodus 34:6-7). Why was it important for God to let Moses, the leader of Israel, know His nature? Is the story of Job able to transform the nature of God (I John 4:7-9)? Since God is love, why would He initiate this…

Made Like His Brothers

HEBREWS 2:5-18 Instead of subjecting the world to angels, God gave man that role (v.5-9). What can we know about the relative position of angels and mankind? How does the marginal reading of “a little while” help us understand? The One perfected through suffering makes us holy and family (v.10-11). What hope can we have…

By His Wounds We Are Healed

ISAIAH 53:4-6 The larger context clearly shows the wonder of Christ’s sacrifice (52:13-53:12). How does the reading of this passage kindle emotions that can bless us? How much anguish and how much hope do you find in these words? Our chosen text personalizes that amazing sacrifice (53:4). What would move someone to take ownership of…