Why we suffer as Christians, part 5

John Farley
August 12, 2015

Why we suffer
as Christians, part 5.

1Pe 4:15-16

Rom 8:16-17

Why we suffer as Christians

First, we suffer for our own sake:

a. That we may learn who God is, Psa 46:1, the book of Job

b. Suffering for learning/training, Heb 12:4-11.

c. Suffering so that we would no longer trust in ourselves, but only in God (2Co 1:3-11)

d. Suffering for character development (Rom 5:1-5)

e. suffering that our faith may be tested and refined (Jam 1:2-4, 1Pe 1:7)

f. Suffering to qualify us for the kingdom of God (2Th 1:4-5)

g. Suffering in weakness that the power of Christ might dwell in us,
2Co 12:9-10

h. Suffering in pruning, so we might bear more fruit,
Joh 15:2

i. suffering to produce joy and generosity in us, 2Co 8:2

j. Suffering so that we might be matured and strengthened and established, 1Pe 5:9-11

Second, we suffer for the sake of others, especially God’s people:

a. Suffering that others may obtain salvation, 2Ti 2:8-10

b. Suffering to give others courage,
Phi 1:12-14

c. Suffering so that others may be comforted,
2Co 1:3-7

d. Suffering in compassion for, and solidarity, with others, 1Co 12:26


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