Christ's saving work in overcoming the enemy was accomplished through Christ himself being overcome. This article explains that we should reflect in our own lives this paradoxical pattern of the Lord's life, where we overcome through faith while suffering. For God causes all things to work together for our good.
The author shows how 1 Peter, along with other Bible passages, helps believers to gain perspective on their suffering, so that in their suffering they come to know God in his love, mercy and grace.
How should Christians respond when suffering hits? There are two responses they must avoid and one response to embrace. This article explains how the gospel shapes the way Christians face suffering.
Suffering can actually liberate you and help you grow deeper in your relationship with God. How? This article explains four ways that Christians can perceive God is with them in suffering: they can do so through the gospel, God's Word, prayer, and worship.
This article explains how very difficult suffering can be an incredible blessing, and encourages church leaders to prepare their people for suffering. It is a present reality, produces sanctification, increases fellowship, and produces hope.
With an eye to Job, this article reckons with the question, where is God in your suffering? It discusses three truths about suffering: God doesn't promise to keep us from suffering, he doesn't promise earthly goods, and he works through suffering. So the article shows how we can find hope in suffering.
How can you make the best of your suffering? You can pursue certain means by which your faith may be strengthened. This article identifies several means, such as knowing God and his goodness.
How can you make the best of your suffering? This article suggests avoiding the temptation to succumb to idolatry—hanging contentment on Christ plus something. The article explains this by looking at possible idols from your past, present, and future. It issues the call to train ourselves to delight in all that Christ has done for us.
This article considers three ways we can waste our suffering, all of which have to do with our eyesight. Suffering exposes the nature of our trust, as in, how much or little we look to God. There are two common sources that weaken our faith: looking too much at the problem, and listening too much to our emotions.
This article offers nine reminders for Christians as we minister to those who are suffering. It brings Scripture to bear on the matter, urging great wisdom in how we speak to the suffering.
Do you battle to understand how God works suffering for your good? This article mentions eight ways he does.
What is the purpose of Acts? House gives a short survey of the approaches to the purpose of Acts, which helps us to see a number of main motifs of the book. The article wants to link the historical and theological aspects of the book. Five different functions of suffering and persecution in Acts are discussed.
Chapter 1 wrestles with the question why there is suffering at all. It first reflects on what suffering is. Next it unfolds the origin of human suffering by expounding on Genesis 3 and throwing light on the different contexts in which suffering is experienced. The chapter ends with questions for further reflection.
This chapter is about the mystery of suffering. In the Introduction the problem is stated, but not answered.
How can you help those who are suffering? What is needed to counsel those who are suffering is a theology of suffering. Such a theology considers who God is, the origins of suffering, the why of suffering, God's response to suffering, and the end of suffering.
What should a believer's reaction to suffering look like? This article discusses James' exhortation in James 1:2 which encourages Christians to rejoice in trials. This joy acts as a testimony to the world of the presence of the Lord Jesus in the believer's life. To withdraw and dwell in self-pity is to sin against God, who has blessed us with many things in this life and the next.
The Bible reminds Christians that they are sojourners, or pilgrims, in this world. Being a pilgrim is a result of being a follower of Christ. Like Christ, Christians must learn to face suffering (Peter 2:21). This article shows how Christians can follow in Christ's footsteps by submitting to suffering without being vengeful.
It is a given that, in one way or another, every Christian will face affliction for the sake of Christ. This is so because God’s hand directs such afflictions. This article shares way to respond in a godly way in times of suffering. Pride and the way it manifests itself causes one respond wrongly to affliction. However, humility and acknowledging God characterize a proper response.
This article shows that prosperity gospel has twisted God's word, and is actually not gospel at all since it promises what God did not promise. Working from Romans 5:3-5, the author shows that the true gospel message is suffering now and glory later. This was the pattern of Christ's life and this is the pattern of His followers, because through suffering God's works out in us the character which He desires.