Sermon series

"Come to church."

I am sure you have said this before. I know I have.

The difficulty with this phrase, albeit subtle, is two fold. First, it implies church is a building, but the Bible defines church as people. Second it instils a contrast to Jesus’ instruction for us to go.

Suffering. The great leveller. Everyone seems to do it. No discrimination. Young. Old. Men. Women. The religious and the irreligious. Every tribe, tongue, and nation, as it were. And obviously… nobody likes it. For good reason. It’s painful!

The Bible uses words like testing, trials, tribulation, and yes, suffering.

But is that the same thing? Or is there a particular kind of suffering specific and unique to Christians? Over and above the hardships of knee scrapes and calamity? A Christian-suffering?

I need wisdom!

Have you ever said that? Have you ever been in a situation where you feel completely at a loss for how to respond or what to do next and the single word which seems to pop into your head in neon caps is, WISDOM?!?

Life is full of encounters. You meet a friendly person or you may experience difficulties. After the fact you may reflect on a very special or meaningful encounter.

The truth is life is not a series of random events. There is no such thing as luck or chance, fluke or fate. There is a purpose, a plan, a reason for everything.