Suffering

Faithful Suffering | 1 Peter 4:12-19 |
What does God have to say about suffering, especially the suffering of his people? In this message from 1 Peter we hear how not to be surprised by suffering. Outline Suffering with Christ (vv12-14) Suffering as a Christian (vv15-16) Suffering and the will of God (vv17-19) A pre-recorded video of this sermon is also available

Life At The End | 1 Peter 4:1-11 |
How would knowing you only had a short time change your life? In this message from 1 Peter we hear how knowing Jesus and his suffering shapes how we live in light of ‘the end’. Outline Not time for sin (vv1-6) Time for prayer (v7) Time for loving service (vv8-11)

The Good Life (in Bad Days) | 1 Peter 3:8-22 |
What do you think the ‘good life’ is, and where do you find it? In 1 Peter 3, God says the good life is found in Jesus, and this is something even suffering and persecution can’t take away. This passage also has some hard to understand bits in it - so have a listen to understand how something about ‘imprisoned spirits’ gives confidence and hope even in bad days. Outline How to see the good life (vv8-12) Even in bad days (vv13-17) Because of the Victory of Christ (vv18-22)

Submitting for Christ | 1 Peter 2:11-25 |
How should followers of Jesus relate to government and other ‘authorities’? If Jesus is the eternal king, how does that change things? This question is big at the moment, as we’ve all experienced new and regularly changing rules and instructions from those who govern us. What direction does the Bible give for us today? Outline Living to God’s glory (vv11-12) Submitting to government (vv13-17) Submitting to ‘masters’ (vv18-20) Because Christ is our suffering shepherd (vv21-25) (In this message this sermon, ‘Serving the Lord’ is referenced. Read more

Living Hope | 1 Peter 1:1-9 |
Is it possible to face suffering and trials with joy or hope? As we begin this series in 1 Peter, Hope Away From Home, we hear how Jesus gives us everything we need to have a true, living hope. Outline To those far from home (vv1-2) What God has done (vv3-5) Joy in trials (vv6-9)

The Shepherd from Bethlehem | Micah 4:9-5:15 |
Where do you see God at work? Our instinct is often to look for ‘big’ things or ‘good’ things. But as God spoke to his people through Micah, he teaches them that he’s at work through good and difficult times, in unexpected places, and as he grows them in holiness. Outline Present pain (4:9-5:1) Coming shepherd (5:2-8) The end of evil (5:9-15) Seeing God at work

The Kingdom will be the Lord’s | Obadiah |
When you suffer injustice, does God care? In this sermon we hear from Obadiah, the shortest book in the Old Testament, who reveals God’s heart to gloriously judge and save. Outline Setting the scene The King against the proud (vv1-9) The King against enemies (vv10-16) The King for his people (vv17-21)

What Shall I Return to the LORD? | Psalm 116 |
The first Christian sermon in Australia was preached on February 3, 1788. The preacher was Richard Johnson, chaplain to the prison colony in New South Wales, and he chose to preach on Psalm 116:12. On Australia Day 2020, we opened the same Psalm and asked how we can respond to God’s kindness even in the midst of suffering. Outline Crying out to the LORD (vv1-4) …who hears and saves (vv5-11) So sacrifice to and praise him (vv12-19) A sacrifice of praise (Hebrews 13:15-16)

The Suffering King | 1 Samuel 21-26 |
In the cave (1 Samuel 21-23) Entrusting to God (1 Samuel 24, 26) Jesus, God’s suffering King (Luke 24:26; 4:5-8) God’s suffering people (1 Peter 2:21-24)

The Good News of Suffering | Romans 8:18-39 |
Suffering - but with hope (vv18-25) Suffering - but not alone (vv26-27) Suffering - but with security (vv28-39) Suffering as a Christian