Contemporary news has been inundated with stories of people suffering – from natural calamities to religious persecution. This sermon examines the concept of Suffering and Pain from a Christian viewpoint. Not a sermon for little children.
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The Fulcrum of Pain
Text: 2 Timothy 1:8-14
1.0 Christian Suffering and Pain.
2 Timothy 1:8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God,
Acts 22:25 But when they stretched him out with thongs, Paul said to the centurion who was standing by, “Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman and uncondemned?”
Matthew 19:29 “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life.
2.0 Suffering and Shame
2 Timothy 1:8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me His prisoner; but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God.
Luke 9:26 “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
Romans 1:16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes:
1 Corinthians 1:23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness..
3.0 Why is there Suffering and Pain?
3.1 Punishment theodicy.
John 12:8 “For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.”
3.2 Soul-making theodicy.
4.0 Kinds of Suffering and Pain
John 16:33 These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
Matthew 11:29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God…
5.0 The Gospel and Suffering
What is the gospel?
Romans 3:23 – all have sinned
Romans 6:23 – wages of sin is death
Romans 10:9 – that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;
John 14:6 I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me
Acts 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”
Hebrews 12:2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Revelation 21:1-4 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their ey...