Tag: trials

Fellowship in Christ’s Sufferings

This life is transitory, ephemeral, and we will face adversity while on this earth. But we have fellowship in Christ’s sufferings, a truth that ought to lead us to cultivate a greater longing for our eternal home.

1 Samuel 8: Hope for the Future

Have you ever wished you could change the ending of a story?
First Samuel 8 recounts one of those stories we wish we could change; it is not a story that goes well. Samuel’s sons have forsaken the way of the Lord, and, as a result, the people of Israel reject them as judges. But instead of remembering God is their King, the people demand a physical, visible monarch like those of the other nations, rejecting God.

The Wonders of Our Creator

What role does creation play in pointing us to God? Job 38–41 answers this, showing how the wonders of the world demonstrate the wonders of our Creator.

Our Redeemer Lives

“If a man dies, will he live again?” (Job 14:14) How we answer this fundamental question determines whether or not we have hope in the midst of suffering.

Trusting God in Suffering

The first two chapters of Job give us a divine perspective on trials. We may not understand God’s purposes, but we can trust His sovereignty and goodness.

Learning from Adversity

We can draw three applications from Job: “Why” is a difficult question to answer, we should comfort the suffering, and God uses suffering to test us.

The Wisdom of Job

Is God sovereign despite the suffering of the innocent? The book of Job answers this, teaching us to trust in God even when we do not understand His ways.

1 Peter Study, Part 8 (at Christ Church): Rewriting Your Broken Story

We all have broken stories and Peter wants us to understand that we can rewrite our story.  We can imbed our story in a greater narrative that begins and ends well.  When we are a part of God’s story our life matters.  When we keep an eternal perspective we understand that the adversity and afflictions of this life will only be brief and the glory will endure.