Sermons on Suffering

Sermons on Suffering

Persecution is Expected (John 16:1-4)

Jesus has been talking with the disciples about the persecution they will receive for following Him. Persecution should not offend us When people mock us, lie about us, or dismiss us it is very easy to be offended, annoyed, or resentful. Jesus is telling us that we will face persecution so that when it comes we react in the right way. He does not want us to be offended or surprised when we are persecuted. Persecution will likely arise from…

A Christian Response to Persecution (John 15:26-27)

Jesus has been discussing His upcoming betrayal, death, resurrection, and ascension. He has been telling His disciples about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. He has told them how the Holy Spirit will flow through them producing fruitfulness and love. Because of this love, we will be hated and persecuted. The tendency is to seek comfort or escape Our natural tendency is to seek comfort. We want a long life of leisure, pleasure, and comfort. Because of this we naturally…

Suffering – Conclusion

In light of all these things, how should a Christian then view evil and troubles? Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me? Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your…

Suffering – Job (Part 2)

My soul is weary of my life; I will leave my complaint upon myself; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. I will say unto God, Do not condemn me; shew me wherefore thou contendest with me.Job 10:1-2 Surely I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God.Job 13:3 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. He also shall be my salvation: for…

Suffering – Job (Part 1)

If we were created for God’s glory by a Sovereign and Good God, then why do bad things happen to good people? There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she…

Suffering – What is evil?

And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.Genesis 2:16-17 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun,…

Suffering – Man’s Purpose

In order to better understand human suffering, we must fully grasp the purpose for which God created this world. From this perspective we can better understand how human suffering fits into His purpose. To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies,…

Suffering – Introduction

One of the most difficult questions that we face as human beings is, “If God is good why doesn’t He stop all the pain and suffering in this world?” This line of thinking has caused many people to abandon their faith, fall into sin, stumble in their walk, or even become atheists. As compassionate followers of Christ we must seek to know and understand God and how this knowledge of God relates to human suffering. Genesis 1:31 And God saw…

Dying to Self (John 12:20-29)

While He is in Jerusalem some Greeks come to see Jesus. Jesus teaches them and His disciples the true meaning of His life and how to find meaning in our own lives. Seeds as an illustration Jesus speaks of planting a seed in the ground. In doing so, the seed will cease to exist or die. However, this seed will produce a plant that will grow to produce fruit. If the seed refuses to die it will always be fruitless;…

Why Do Bad Things Happen? (John 9:1-3)

Jesus and His disciples now come across a man who was born blind. The disciples ask Jesus why this happened. “Why do bad things happen?” is a huge question that all human beings wrestle with. The disciples believed that all bad things were a direct punishment for sin. In their understanding, either God was punishing this man for some sin he committed before he was born, or God was punishing the man’s parents for their sin by giving them a…

Love is a Choice to Suffer (John 6:66-71)

Jesus chose Judas Of all the people that Jesus could have chosen, He chose Judas Iscariot to be His disciple. This choice is not for salvation (election) but to be one of His closest friends. Jesus chose to spend several years pouring into Judas’ life. Jesus knew Judas would betray Him Jesus knew the true state of Judas’ heart. He knew that he was the one who would betray Him to His death. Jesus knew that Judas was a wolf…