Sermons on suffering

Sermons on suffering

For When Adversity Comes

Difficult times are inevitable, but personal tragedy, disappointment and disillusionment don’t have to derail us. Could we invest in something now that will enable us to endure the adversity that is to come? Is there something God has written into the script of life that will give us the support we need to stand when the ground is shaking all around us? Proverbs17:16-20 might just have the answer.

Beyond Fear

In a time of fear and uncertainty, God offers us something even better than courage. *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.

Rediscovering Joy

How can I find joy when so much is wrong with the world? A centered heart chooses joy. *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.

A Tale of Two Women

Sometimes we all feel bitter and as if God has forgotten us. But, that feeling isn’t unique to us in the 21st century. People in biblical times felt that way too. In one of the sweetest stories in the Bible, the Book of Ruth shows us how God works through our relationships to do something good for us and for the world. *Christ’s Church is a strategic partner of Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA and features the teaching of Pastor…

Life-Changing Loyalty

Jonathan exhibits something in his relationship with David that is very rare in our society today. He is fiercely loyal to David as his friend. The impact of a loyal friend is immeasurable. Who is God calling you to be like a Jonathan to? *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.

Tears and Resurrections in the Face of Tragic Loss

At one time or another, we all come face to face with a tragic loss. Whether it’s the loss of a job, the discovery of some disease or the suicide of a loved one, shock, confusion, anger and pain confront us in bewildering ways. Is it possible to experience real comfort when a tragedy leaves us feeling trapped and alone?

The Sacred Space of Grieving

As painful as it can be, grief is a normal part of life. But grief misunderstood can bring about disastrous results. Unchecked loneliness, shame and hopelessness can lead to bitterness, a warped sense of reality or even worse. Is there a godly grief that can offer a sense of companionship and hope even when we’ve suffered a great loss? Luke 7:11-17 offers an interesting perspective on grief and shows us how God might be involved in the middle of it.

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.