Sermons on suffering

Sermons on suffering

Faith enough

Do we dare to hope that 2021 will be a better year? Does God really heal today? How much faith do we need to be healed? Why does it seem that God heals sometimes, but not always? When Jesus encounters a desperately sick woman, we learn that even though disappointment is INEVITABLE, hope is INDISPENSIBLE. *Christ’s Church is a strategic partner of Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA and features the teaching of Pastor Bryan Wilkerson and the Grace Chapel Teaching…

The Untidy Aftermath of Christmas

“Before the Prince of Peace had learned to walk and talk, he was a homeless refugee with a price on his head.” – N.T. Wright Have you ever asked yourself, “Is God with me in the mess of my life?” So many stories end with the characters living happily ever after. But what about the Christmas story? What happens to Mary, Joseph, and Jesus in the untidy aftermath of Christmas? Christmas is a true story, a gritty and real story,…

In the Bleak Midwinter

We all have expectations for how our days, our life, or Christmas will go. But what do we do when things turn out to be less than perfect? In this Christmas message for Advent 2020, Pastor Leah Knight Breton answers questions like, Is God still working in my imperfect and messy life? Is there any hope for Christmas 2020? Is there something to learn from the original Christmas story about God working in less-than-perfect circumstances? Christ’s Church is a strategic…

Building Gospel Bridges

There is a deep correlation between our relationship with God and our relationship with others. In this sermon from Nikki Toyama-Szeto, Executive Director of Christians for Social Action, we learn how working for justice is the “gospel bridge” that we need to build with our neighbors and a watching world. Justice and evangelism go hand in hand because today, people do not assume that God is good. Justice is the demonstration that our God is a good God. Christ’s Church…

Divine Encounter

Is God with us when things go wrong in our life? Can I really hope to encounter Him? Does God fix my problems when I pray? If you ask these kinds of questions, know this: It’s often at our point of need or pain that God wants to meet us and do something new! Christ’s Church is a strategic partner of Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA and features the teaching of Pastor Bryan Wilkerson and the Grace Chapel Teaching Team.

Not Throwing Away Your Shot

Is God with us…when opportunity knocks? It’s comforting to know that God is with us in the hard times. But He wants to be with us in the good times, as well; when we have opportunities to do something good or important with our lives. What does God expect from us, and what can we expect from God, when opportunity knocks? Christ’s Church is a strategic partner of Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA and features the teaching of Pastor Bryan…

Oh, the Places YOu’ll Go!

Every decision we make in life involves sacrifice and compromise. During a season of increasing uncertainty, how do we make decisions about morally complex issues? Especially when we are tempted to take a short cut that has significant short term gain and saying no has significant risk. Join us as we look to the life of Joseph for answers. Christ’s Church is a strategic partner of Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA and features the teaching of Pastor Bryan Wilkerson and…

Trouble in the Family

Fewer things shape us more than our family of origin and fewer things unsettle us like family trouble. Joseph’s family was a case study in family… Christ’s Church is a strategic partner of Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA and features the teaching of Pastor Bryan Wilkerson and the Grace Chapel Teaching Team.

Riches to Rags: Joseph’s Story

“God with us” is one of the great promises of the Bible. But there are times in life when it sure doesn’t look or feel like God is with us… Christ’s Church is a strategic partner of Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA and features the teaching of Pastor Bryan Wilkerson and the Grace Chapel Teaching Team.

The Long Game

In the face of so much division in difficult and unjust times, is there a way we can engage people in meaningful ways that will bring about real change? An important lesson about God from the book of Revelation gives us a path forward.

The End of the World as We Know it

With all the difficult things happening these days, it could feel like the end of the world. Is it? And if it is, what should we be thinking and… Christ’s Church is a strategic partner of Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA and features the teaching of Pastor Bryan Wilkerson and the Grace Chapel Teaching Team.

Thinking Biblically About Racism

We who were many and different have been made one in Christ.  We belong to the One who has broken down the walls that separate people from God and each other. Christ’s Church is a strategic partner of Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA and features the teaching of Pastor Bryan Wilkerson and the Grace Chapel Teaching Team.