Suffering and the Son

The suffering of Jesus in the gospel was designed to save us from eternal suffering.


A sermon preached on 11-30-17

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Read 1 Peter 2:18-25.

 The Purpose of Suffering: God’s Glory

What is God’s purpose in suffering?  What does it do?  This is one of those questions that we may be able to grasp the answer for and intellectually understand it, but to actually see it or live it, is another thing.  In 2015, ISIS members were heavily attacking and threatening Christians spread all throughout the Middle East.

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1 Samuel 2: Sovereignty of God

The greatest display of God’s sovereignty, his freedom in the universe, is his power and love to save sinners.

Will the Lord Accomplish?

One thing matters most in the universe and it is this: will God’s will (desire, plans, purposes, etc.) be carried out and accomplished exactly as he determines, or is history a big game of catch-up and tying up loose ends as they are unraveled by all aspects of creation?  This is huge (cue Trump voice).  Do we, as Christians, have any kind of confidence in the world, in our daily lives from a small scale to the large scale, that God is and will accomplish everything he pleases, or is God extremely intelligent to bring things back in align to his purposes that don’t unfold the way he intended?  

Will the Lord accomplish all the he pleases, all the intentions and thoughts (using these words for our understanding) of his heart, or does it just happen and he comes to aid like an ambulance to a horror scene?

First, a definition: the sovereignty of God is this — He is sovereign over the whole world, and everything that happens in it. He is never helpless, never frustrated, never at a loss; he is never backed into a corner where his only recourse is to do something he hates to do. He does whatever he pleases.  In a simple word: God has absolute freedom. Continue reading “1 Samuel 2: Sovereignty of God”

1 Samuel 1: God and Prayer

God carries out his desires and plans by his people’s prayers.

God’s Kindness to His People

Reading through the Old Testament, we often see that the people of Israel continued to sin, rebel, and reject God’s designs and his revealed will for how they are to operate.  He saves them from captivity (Exodus), takes them to the promised Land (Joshua), and after their leaders (Moses and Joshua) die, they reject everything when the new generation begins to grow.  And the theme of the book of Judges is 17:6, “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”  So, what should God do to unjust, evil, rebellious, and idolatrous people of Israel?  Be the God who just swept away the Egyptians by his hand and overtake them for their just deserving of death.  But instead, God raises up another — Samuel.  A prophet whom God would bring up to declare the goodness of God, the judgement of God, and the mercy of God to the people who have rebelled against him and deserve nothing but the sword of his wrath. Continue reading “1 Samuel 1: God and Prayer”

The Purposes of Man and the Purposes of God

Though even in all of this evil, attack, and hatred that Jesus endured it was all mysteriously woven into the plan of God in such a way that this is how we came to believe in his name.

A sermon preached on 1 Peter 2:7-8

The New Testament presents the good news of Jesus Christ and what God has done in the world. But it is peculiar, it is mysterious, and it seems upside-down to our thinking.

Jesus comes not in power, not in wealth, and not to conquer, but in humility, poverty, and to serve and suffer unto death on a cross.  This is our Savior?  A man sentenced to a criminal’s death?

  • Yet, this is the greatness of our God.
    • Men rejected him, they sought to entrap him; he would be betrayed, beaten, and falsely accused.
    • All the forces of evil, from the wickedness of men to the Devil himself, all were recorded as being against him.

And in all this, these do not thwart the will of God but they play into it and fulfill all that he had planned and purposed for them to do.

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