Sunday Preview ~ December 3, 2009

December 3, 2009

My sermon this week is called “Finding Purpose in Suffering” from I Peter 4:12-19. The cause of most suffering in the world is the sin of man, yet many people blame God for human suffering. Skeptics wonder how God can be good if He allows so many people to experience so much pain. Most starvation is caused by war, greed and the hoarding of resources by other people, not by acts of God. Most diseases are spread because of irresponsible human behavior, not by God. People suffer heartbreak because of the unfaithfulness and betrayal of men. Crime, like war is perpetrated by men, not by God.

Suffering is the main theme of Peter’s epistle. It is mentioned in every single chapter of this epistle. For most people, the suffering in their souls is more painful than the suffering in their bodies. Soul suffering causes depression that robs people of the joy of life. Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted and save the souls of men. Unlike those who accuse God, Peter believed in the goodness and love of God. He believed that God was so good and powerful that He can make something wonderful come to us through something painful. These verses declare that God can bring glory to us through our suffering.

Let’s pray that we will be able to hear the truth that will set us free as we worship and hear the Word of God this weekend.

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