Yet again, the Bible is proven to be true.
Sermon given at Casey White Oak Church of God on 09/22/19.
The world is watching and wants to know if we, as Christians, can authentically live out our faith. They are quick to point out our hypocrisy and the abundance of media and social media makes it very easy to spin doctor our words and actions to point out that hypocrisy.
In light of this, knowing we are sinners in need of a savior, flawed people trying to serve a perfect God, how can we live as salt, light, and leaven to the glory of our God?
Have faith, do good, show love, and do the next right thing!
Listen to see how this plays out in our Christian walk.
One of the great questions we, as humans, always have in regards to God, is this…
If there is a loving God, why is there some much pain and suffering in the world?
One answer is obvious, free will and sin. We are free to make any choice we want and our choices affect others in good ways and bad ways.
There is another answer we don’t talk about a lot… growth.
As human beings, we usually hate change. For better or worse, we are happy not to have to change. We will not change unless our current circumstance becomes unbearable. It is said, pain is the great motivator to change.
Pain, suffering, trials, tribulations, sickness, death, and temptation; all these spur us to change. God’s great purpose is to change us to be conformed to the image of his son, Jesus.
Sometimes, the negative situations we go through are motivation for us to change. Sometimes, it is our responses to these situations that are examples to others of how great our God is, to bring us through the change and to work all things for good.
God, in his sovereignty, allows us to go through all kinds of pain to bring us, and those around us, closer to him.
See also, Romans 8:28-30 and Romans 5:3.
C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
John Piper, Suffering and the Sovereignty of God
Very good and interesting article.
Some months ago, I was preaching at a small congregation and a newer couple had their children with them.
During worship, mom was in the choir and dad had to take the son to the restroom, leaving the young daughter alone in the pew.
She got up, came on the platform and sat down with me… I was so grateful and humbled, she felt safe to sit with me. When dad came back into the sanctuary and saw her, he looked mortified, as did her mom in the choir. I signaled both of them it was okay…
After a song or two, she pointed to mom in the choir and I nodded. She went to mom. It was a wonderful and touching moment.
I addressed the congregation saying, how blessed are the children…? Never be concerned, they are always welcome. They are the future of the church!