Purposeful Suffering (John 15:1-11)

SERMONS
Speakers:
Ministry:
Date: September 6, 2020

Key idea: We find joy in our sufferings when we embrace Christ’s loving purposes behind them.

Four truths to inform and shape our theology of suffering:

I. Suffering is not the whole story, but part of the greater story of redemption

II. Suffering is not meaningless, but has greater purposes

Applications:
A. We embrace suffering by believing God’s purposes are greater than our own (James 1:2-4; 1 Peter 1:6-7).

Suffering is not the greatest danger; sin and stagnancy are.

B. We embrace suffering by redirecting our focus to faith in Christ.

III. Suffering does not define your life; Scripture does

A. The Word counters lies and clarifies reality.
B. The Word conforms our hearts.

IV. Suffering is not the absence of love, but a demonstration of it