The Lord is sovereign even over our suffering, and He ordains it for a specific purpose. God is for us. SKU: 208772 Categories: Christian Living, General Author: Marc Grimaldi. With a strange mixture of WoF, Charismatic, New Age, and Prosperity Gospel, this group is planting churches using the most successful seeker driven models to dat […], Introducing Cross Talk Podcast with Pastor Edward Rameriz from Breath of Life church in San Antonio TX, co-hosted by his lovely wife Sandi! Becca’s Silly Question: What is your favorite line from a movie? the greatest thing the American church can take away from this book is that God is sovereign over all suffering, all evil, all schemes and devices of Satan. Wright (N.T. It seems that there are times when goodness (or righteousness) isn’t appreciated, but attacked (which is why Christians suffer for righteousness’ sake). If you've got any questions you'd like us to address please leave them in the comments below or reach out to us on Social Media.To find where the ARC churches are in your area you can search their website: https://w […], This is the second episode of Cross Talk Podcast with Pastor Edward Rameriz from Breath of Life church in San Antonio TX, co-hosted by his lovely wife Sandi! For God is good enough to produce unparalleled joy. That is precisely how Peter uses the term in our passage for this morning (see also Titus 2:14). 24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator…. I really could have titled this sermon, “12 Essential Perspectives for Faithful Christian Suffering”. With that, let’s consider the first three of the major issues of 1 Peter 3:13-17. What does this mean for you and I? To that end, having clearly communicated the gospel in the first half of chapter 1, the need to respond to the gospel with holy living in the second half, the nature of the new identities of those who trust in Jesus in the first half of chapter 2, and the need for Christians to continue subjecting themselves to every human institution through the first half of chapter 3—having communicated all of that—in our passage for this morning Peter seems to step back, take a breath, and give a few thoughts on the things he’d just written. Jesus died for our wrong feelings as much as your wrong thinking and actions. 1:06:51. God's Sovereignty Over Suffering. The role of the conscience, according to God’s design, is to make us aware of good (by drawing us to it) and evil (by making us averse to it). Anyone who lacked or disagreed with that knowledge would likely brand her a fool. In him, sovereignty and goodness meet, and we rest assured that when suffering comes, it comes from his wise and gracious hand. And yes, God is good, always good. Add to cart. The second of Peter’s foundational beliefs that drive our passage for this morning is his belief that Christian faithfulness means honoring God in all situations, including times of suffering. Through stunning metaphor and poetic balance, Job argues that God does it all – he is sovereign over everything. And if God is not sovereign, He is not God at all.” R.C. Sovereignty of God is the Christian teaching that God is the supreme authority and all things are under His control. — Tulips & Honey Hub | Talmidimblogging, How We Got Our Bible: Introduction – Part 1, Breaking Away From ARC Churches with Kristin Everett – Part 3, Through the Narrow: When our Children Don’t Believe – By Gina Cook, Tulips & Honey: Episode 81 - Breaking Away From ARC Churches with Kristin Everett - Part 3, Breath of Life: The Righteous Shall Live by Faith - Galatians 3:10-14. I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the LORD, who does all these things(Is. Thankful That God Is Sovereign over Suffering At TCPC we believe that God is sovereign. this is amazing! The first key issue raised by Peter is the deep emotive nature of mature Christ-following. Luke 4:5-7. Thanks, sister! None of us has understood this perfectly and none of us has obeyed this perfectly. I love those verses and I love sharing them. If God isn’t sovereign over all (including Satan and death and suffering and pain) than God isn’t sovereign at all. And if God is not sovereign, He is not God at all.” R.C. In other words, for Peter, the expectation for Christians is not just that we will do good, but that we will be “zealous for what is good”. If you don’t feel it, you don’t yet fully understand it. It happens—God gives people over to their sin—when his patience leads not to repentance but to presumption, pride, and greater wickedness. Suffering is a reality for … This extremely pervasive and dangerous pyramid scheme has swept not just the country, but the globe. Of the Israelite’s persistent rebellion the Psalmist wrote. If we don’t believe it, we ought to run as far as possible from all of it. If we don’t understand this Peter’s words will seem ridiculous. Peter introduces this idea in the beginning of 3:14, “Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? Nothing can, in principle, affect or hinder God. That is, we need to be a people who feel deeply about the nature and commands and salvation of God. Given that God is sovereign over all suffering, Part 2 asks why he allows pain. The fact that God is sovereign means He is entirely beyond the power of any other influence—He cannot be “stopped” or overcome in any way, shape, or form. But what about now? this is the subject of Piper's first chapter in the book. Yes, I'm extremely biased, because this particular guest happens to be my beloved husband and best friend Justin Hereford. Which means that he, as Job who lost a lot perfectly realised in 1:21, ordains death and sickness, it’s not out of his control and will end it. God is the "sovereign Lord of all by an incontestable right [as the] creator . We cannot be emotionally neutral or misguided if we are to truly follow Jesus and honor him in times of suffering. Sermon over Genesis 44, 45 & 50 given my Jake Axon at City Church youth on 3/11/20. Psalm 81:10-12 I am the LORD your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. This is certainly one of the most practically dense paragraphs in the letter. Healthy Christian churches have opportunities to grow in and express both careful thinking and deep feeling. God is fierce enough to produce unparalleled fear. Everything we Do Must Ultimately Be For the Glory of God Our hope for all of this, and all things, is the work of Jesus on the cross. He desires our evangelism even more than he desires our temporal comfort. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. ( Log Out /  It doesn't mean that he has caused it in every circumstance, but it does mean that he's sovereign over it and can use it. Peter’s first foundational belief that bears noting is God’s sovereignty over all things, including the Church and the unbeliever. We talked about his book, his work with the human race, genetics, and so much more! How many people have been through great tribulation and blame God, claiming: “If you were real to me than how could you allow this to happen,” and later view God in lenses distorted by your suffering ? I was blessed by Brooke’s testimony. 1 Peter 3:13-17 / June 11, 2017 / David VanAcker. Immediately after the conscience introducing passage we read above, Paul wrote, Romans 1:21-25 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. God is even sovereign over suffering. We have made a mess of this world by rejecting God’s plan and design in the quest to be sovereign over … 1 Peter, once again, was written to help Christians know how to honor God in times of suffering. “We’re all going to struggle at one point or another in our life” These words caught my attention. Then, in the coming weeks, we’ll continue down the list until we cover them all. What about life in a world that is full of fear and far from glorious? CONCLUSION God is sovereign over all, but he is not the origin of evil. – God exists = Suffering exists – If God is sovereign over suffering, why does it persist? Grace, Peter’s writing will make very little sense if we don’t read it with the understanding that he believes whole-heartedly that there is a sovereign God who is actively reigning over all things. In 1 Thessalonians 3:5 Paul says, “For this reason, when I could endure it no longer, I also sent to find out about your faith, for fear that the tempter might have tempted you, and our labor would be in vain.” God is the "sovereign Lord of all by an incontestable right [as the] creator... owner and possessor of heaven and earth." God is doing more in your suffering than you can see right now. We can indeed rest on the pillow of God’s Sovereignty in our dark(est) moment. Logic and careful reasoning are important, even necessary, but they are always meant to lead to profound depth of emotion. Date: May 18, 2008. Amen. . God is even sovereign over the Devil, whose diabolical plots in the world the Wittenberg reformer took quite seriously. God is even sovereign over the evil plotting of wicked people or the enemy or any of those kinds of things. If God is sovereign over suffering, God must therefore have a purpose in suffering. The great aim of Satan is to prevent and weaken and, if possible, destroy faith. Whether we are walking or talking or working or flossing our teeth or playing sports or creating art or going to school or suffering for righteousness’ sake, our aim must always be to see, savor, and show God’s glory. Pastor Casey Cease kicks off our summer series in 1 Peter preaching that God empowers and sustains our perseverance even through suffering. That is the nature of foundational beliefs…they inform and instruct everything else we do. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Suffering is a reality for everyone on this earth, including believers. All is according to his wisdom, according to his plan. Those who reject the sovereignty of God will either ignore clear verses on God’s sovereignty over our suffering (like Job 1:21; 2:10; 42:11) or assign it (as Rowley does) to the possibly mistaken view of the human characters. Earlier in this letter Peter commands Christians to “love one another earnestly from a pure heart” (1:22). The bible is filled with commands for both careful thinking and deep feeling. -Welcome the visitor who is watching for the first time. First regarding God’s sovereignty, I have seen within the Bible lots of evidence that God is in control. The Extent of God’s Sovereignty. Sin is evil enough to produce unparalleled disgust. That is, they are not simply punishments for individual or collective transgressions; rather, they depict God’s judgment and also His plan of salvation. SKU: 208772 Categories: Christian Living, General Author: Marc Grimaldi. When that happens, Christians should expect to suffer for doing good. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil. Should you find your conscience no longer pricked by sin, should you find yourself with a shrinking appetite for righteousness, stop everything and cry out to God for mercy. Puritans, Covenanters, Reformers and the RPW; Much More! That when these things happen, God is sovereign over it. Sunrise Christian Reformed Church. Like Job says, “The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away” (Job 1:21). 1:11; Ps. God’s Sovereignty over Suffering. I am a Christian, wife, mother, podcaster and homeschooler currently traveling the United States with my loving husband and darling daughter! By Jill Briscoe January 10, 2019. God is growing our faith in the midst of our trials. That is, the expectation is that mature followers of Jesus will carefully work to understand what is genuinely good and feel the need to see it done deep in their being. Even suffering. If you have a chance, please check out my music/ art blog. God’s sovereignty means He is in absolute control over all things (Colossians 1:16–17; Psalm 90:2; 1 Chronicles 29:11–12). The beauties, satisfactions, and pleasures of life are the deeper signs of God’s sovereignty. Likewise if God’s can redeem the suffering and evil of the cross, then what suffering and evil is irredeemable? In this passage alone we see that God is sovereign to direct, protect, bless, instruct, and shame. Play Save. - I can’t wait to see everyone again. Scripture: Genesis 45:1–45:15. The Sovereignty of God Over All Things, Including the Church and the Unbeliever Piper begins this discussion by discussing God’s purposes in relation to Christ’s suffering. God may let the jaws of the lion to clamp on your neck, But God will say “this far and no further.” God knows what His people are able to endure, and as He has entire control over the child of God, He will adapt all trials to their strength, and will enable them to bear all that is appointed to them. Part 1 focuses most specifically on the sovereignty of God in and over suffering. If God is good and in control, why does He allow unjust suffering to occur to righteous people? 1:3; Eph. THREE ISSUES RELATED TO SUFFERING WELL The things Peter calls upon the church to believe and do would be dangerous, foolish, and even mean if not for God’s direct involvement in them and promises to make them succeed. Sunrise Church Worship June 21, 2020! There's more to your trial than meets the eye. Suffering for righteousness’ sake leading to blessing (3:14, 17). In my own stories of suffering, the most comforting thought––above God sees or God cares––is God ordained this. God allows humans to use the free will he has given us. (Gen 45:8) And later he told them, "you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good." As for this Moses who led us out from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ 41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered a sacrifice to the idol and were rejoicing in the works of their hands. When we fail to live the way God designed us to—when we fall short of perfection—we commit evil. God is sovereign over your suffering and trials. Peter’s first foundational belief that bears noting is God’s sovereignty over all things, including the Church and the unbeliever. If he holds back the waters, there is drought; if he lets them loose, they devastate the land. thanks for sharing. Is God Sovereign Over Suffering? It doesn't mean that he has caused it in every circumstance, but it does mean that he's sovereign over it and can use it. If you are a guest, turn to Jesus and you will find forgiveness and help. Series: When God Seems Absent - The Life of Joseph. Sproul. Consider the following 12: This morning, I want to remind you all of a few key underlying beliefs that inform and unite all 12 of these issues before working through the first three. In him, sovereignty and goodness meet, and we rest assured that when suffering comes, it comes from his wise and gracious hand. It tends to keep discussions of different aspects of suffering and God's sovereignty over it within tidy units which can easily be referred back to in future, some likely more frequently and usefully than others. Add to cart. It lists verses that speak of God’s sovereignty over our ways, over good and bad times, over our disabilities, over nations, and more. God Is Sovereign over the Universe, Over Salvation, Over Suffering, Over His Global Mission Sortable title: God Is Sovereign over the Universe Over Salvation Over Suffering Over His Global Mission The evil-binding role of the unbeliever’s conscience (3:13). 1. This passage instructs God’s people to act evangelistically by doing public, good, gospel-driven works and by being ready and eager to give reasons for our hope in the gospel. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. FBC Pastor's Talk Episode 12 - Our God is Sovereign over Suffering Part 1 Faith Bible Church. - Talk about how different it is to not see everyone. | Ask the Briscoes - YouTube The proper aim of the proper response to persecution (3:16). In this episode, they detail how they made it out of Charismatic Chaos, were graciously forgiven by our sovereign Lord, and found each other. Remember also, as you encounter various trials that faithfully following Jesus through them means experiencing deep, truth-driven emotions (hope in God, grief for our persecutors, eagerness for blessing, etc.). Sovereign over the nations. Some thoughts from John Bunyan on suffering, and a song about sovereignty of God... Related Videos. 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