Suffering

In the I Don’t Know What I Believe (IDKWIB) sermon series at Elevation Church, Pastor Steve Furtick preached on the place of suffering in our relationship with God. He suggested viewing suffering (THAT) through the lens of the Gospel (THIS). His teaching was based on Paul’s letter  to Timothy from prison (2 Timothy 1:9-14).

During our eGroup study the following Monday, an important question was raised: “What do we do when the suffering of someone else is our fault? How do we deal with the guilt?”

Hebrews 9:14 provides guidance:
How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

Notice two things:

1. Jesus’ sacrifice didn’t just take away sin, it CLEANSED OUR CONSCIENCES. He not only paid for our sin, he also paid for our guilt. Don’t pay a bill that’s already been paid.

2. Don’t overlook the SO THAT. Jesus did these things so that we may serve God. It wasn’t just to save us, it was to both save us AND “call us to a holy life”. See 2 Timothy 1:9.

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About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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