Sermons on Trials
Sermon text: Matthew 14:22-33 Missionary Andrew Greenplate updates the church on his family’s ministry. He then presents a timely message about looking to Jesus in times of trials. The disciples were intimidated by their situation during a storm on the sea of Galilee. But when they focused on Jesus, their perspective was changed.
Sermon text: Luke 4:1-13 Every believer faces temptation. Jesus did, and we should expect to as well. We can learn a lot about how to deal with temptation from how Jesus handled it. The core of His success was the filling of the Holy Spirit and the power of God’s Word.
Sermon text: 1 Peter 5:6-7 We often hear people quote 1 Peter 5:7: “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” Thing is, this is the second half of a sentence that begins in verse 6. And this is where things can go wrong. In order to experience the positive impact of verse 7, you have to put verse 6 into practice.
For many of us 2020 has been a tough year. But even in years with less drama, it’s possible to experience setbacks. And sometimes those challenges can go on for quite some time. How does the believer confront the struggles of life? The many lament psalms show us that we can still depend on God and His grace, regardless of what is happening at any given point.
With everything coming at you fairly furiously these days, it’s not hard to get worn out. But even in the midst of your fatigue, you can have hope. Regardless of what’s going on in the world, God’s plan will still come to fruition. Both the Old and New Testament bear this out.
Life can be tough, whether there’s a pandemic or not. If you’re struggling, you can find peace and keep that peace in your life. Paul’s concluding remarks to the church at Philippi are an encouragement to anyone who needs that peace.
We may be abiding by the directives to keep our distance and stay at home, but Satan isn’t. He’s still using whatever and whoever he can to create havoc in this world. But we don’t have to sit idly by and let him disrupt our lives. Peter makes it clear in the focal passage for today that Jesus Christ has and always will have the upper hand.
Mark’s account of Jesus calming the Sea of Galilee teaches us a great deal about facing trials in life. We all come up against periods of trouble. God will use these times to teach us and guide us. On the other hand, Satan will capitalize on them to defeat us. But God is greater than our most stubborn obstacles. We can trust him regardless of the situation.
The spread of the coronavirus is generating a lot of fear. Others claim that it is just a huge conspiracy. How should Christians respond? For that matter, how should we respond in any crisis? God has equipped believers to handle anything that comes our way.
God never promised that the Christian life would be easy. Jesus certainly experienced this, as did the apostle Paul. But regardless of the circumstances, we need to keep our eyes on why we’re here. It also helps to realize that God’s mission is bigger than any one person.