Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Sunday Morning, February 17th, 2019 - The Purpose of Suffering - Pastor Jared Shumate
Has there ever been a time of suffering in your life when you've cried out to God, asking Him "why?" Maybe you have faced an illness, either your own or in a loved one. Perhaps it's the loss of a child, a spouse, or a parent. We all suffer in some way. The Bible tells us that we will suffer. We can't avoid it or hide from it. It's a fact of life. But have you ever stopped, turned your heart to Heaven, and asked God why?
God doesn't do anything without a purpose. He has a plan. This morning Pastor Jared showed us in the book of 1 Peter the purpose of suffering. The next time that you face some suffering in your life, take comfort in knowing that God has a Plan.
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1 Peter 5:6-11
6Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 10But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 11To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (KJV)
1 Peter 4:12-16
12Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. 15But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. 16Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. (KJV)