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August 19 - 25, 2018


A NOTE FROM PASTOR MIKE

Grace Church Family,

One of the most profound truths in the universe is that God answers human suffering in the death and resurrection of Christ. Christ suffered in our place on the cross and He knows the suffering we go through. He knows it by experience.

D.A. Carson said, “When Christians think seriously about evil and suffering, one of the paramount reasons we are so sure that God is to be trusted is because He sent His Son to suffer truly on our behalf. Jesus Christ, the Son who is to be worshiped as God, God’s own agent in creation, suffered an excruciating, odious, and ignominious death. The God on whom we rely knows what suffering is all about, not merely in the way that God knows everything, but by experience.”

On Sunday we will focus on “Suffering and Glory, Part 2”, with primary emphasis on “the sufferings of this present time” (Rom. 8:18). That phrase is packed with meaning, loaded with eternal truth; and a bit different than the word “suffer” in verse 17. It will unlock some significant doors into your understanding and grasp of suffering as well as your navigation of it.

I’m looking forward to processing these things with you on Sunday and in the days to come. I love it that we get to gather to worship and hear the Word preached, and I love it that we get to interact life-to-life with brothers and sisters in Christ. Those personal times are when what we hear from the Word in our group gatherings can really be processed, applied, and learned to be lived out. God uses all those times to grow us in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who experienced suffering in our place, for God’s glory and our eternal good.

For Jesus and the Gospel,

Mike

 

P.S. If you can, read the following passages beforehand and start thinking about some of these questions. Rom. 8:17-39; 2 Cor. 4:1-18; 1 Pet. 3-4

  1. What kind of suffering are you, or are you not, experiencing? Why? How are you growing in your navigation of suffering? How does your understanding of God’s sovereignty and providence inform your response?
  2. How solid is your grasp of what a church is; how deep is your involvement; and how does it shape your helping others who are suffering?
  3. Obviously everyone wants to know why people suffer. How do you explain the often unexplainable? How can you best comfort, and challenge, those who are suffering?
  4. What difference will a solid Gospel orientation and understanding of suffering make?


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