The Mystery of the Gospel and Suffering

Even if you only glance at Paul’s letters in the New Testament, you will be able to identify many themes. One theme in Paul’s life that is recurring and central is that of suffering. Suffering seems to follow Paul as Paul follows Jesus. In fact as soon as Paul is converted he is promised that he will suffer. He suffers throughout his ministry, even to his last breath. Suffering is but one of the many planets revolving around the sun of the Gospel, but it cannot be ignored. All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12).

This should not come as a surprise to anyone who is familiar with the New Testament, or the life and ministry of Jesus. However, when Paul begins to describe his joy in suffering, we can raise our hands and say, “Huh?” Perhaps this will be your frame of mind as you join us this Sunday at Redeemer. Billy Newhouse will be continuing his sermon series through Colossians with The Joy of Suffering for the Gospel from Colossians 1:21-2:5. In this passage Paul argues for the basis of his suffering, while also highlighting the means to his endurance. How does a message about suffering for the gospel strike you in this day and time? Are we beyond a time in history when people are persecuted for what they believe? Are we too sophisticated and tolerant to need this sort of teaching? Apparently Paul’s suffering is an implication of his commitment to minister the good news of Jesus to every man! Isn’t that our charge as well? How are you doing in your pursuit of the One in whom “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” can be found?

Join us this week as we seek to “proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ!”


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