Sermons on Hardship
Life Gets Difficult!•Life delivers heavy, crushing blows. •We get weighed down. •They seem more than a soul can carry. •We need help. Galatians 6:2 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.
All of us are burdened •Some burdens are common to all of us: •Death •Separation •Loneliness •Unfulfilled promises •Meanness •Discouragement Matthew 11:28 28 “Come to Me, all [a]who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
Jesus and Judas—What could have been done?Jesus 1.Never chosen Judas as a disciple? 2.Spoken to him everyday? 3.Named and shamed Judas earlier? 4.Kicked him out of the 12?5.Told everyone Judas was a thief? Matthew 5:25-26 25 Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I say to you, you will…
A burden of debt was laid upon Paul’s heart:No man inspired Him to do this.No one could bind him to do this.No one could Bribe him. Bully him. Manipulate him. Deceive him. Romans 1:14-16 14 I am [a]under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 15 So, for my part, I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for…
•We are born into a troubled world. •Pain, sickness and death cannot be avoided. •Trust in people gets thin sometimes. •Setbacks: Home, School, Work… can put our dreams far into the distant future. Acts 14:22 22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”
Repentance and Rebellion, Jonah and the Ninevites
Proverbs 21:5 5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty,But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.
Looking Back—Tells us where we’ve Been Photo albums–Olden day Instagram–Photos were sent away to develop Diaries–Travel logs–Thoughts–Impressions–Proof that small things matter Stories–Often on repeat–Laughing at ourselves–Sharing the victories and loses–How you got this far Bank statements–Before I had a house and kids I had money–Life is not cheap John 13:31-35 31 So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him. 32 If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in…
Average life expectancy of NZ•Female? 83•Male? 79 James 4:14 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
Philemon 10-13 Plea for Onesimus, a Free Man 10 I appeal to you for my child [a]Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my [b]imprisonment, 11 who formerly was useless to you, but now is useful both to you and to me. 12 I have sent him back to you in person, that is, sending my very heart, 13 whom I wished to keep with me, so that on your behalf he might minister to me in my [c]imprisonment for the gospel