Worship Preparation: January 16, 2022

Sunday, January 16, 2022
 
Read the sermon text: Romans 8:18-39
 
Read the sermon summary: Why do bad things happen in the world? Put another way, why does God allow suffering? My short answer is, “It depends on who’s asking.” As biblical Christians we affirm the following: 1) God is all-powerful; 2) God is perfectly good; 3) Evil and suffering exist in the world. An unbeliever ask the question with an objection, “That cannot be true.” They reason, if God is all-powerful and perfectly good, evil cannot exist. Since it is evident that evil exists in the world, they conclude, God is either not all-powerful or he is not good. Christians, too, sometimes ask a similar question. Why did God allow this to happen to me? This may not be so much of an intellectual objection of unbelief, but an emotional and experiential objection, perhaps even out of faith. Our answer to this question, “Why do bad things happen?” will depend on who’s asking. We will see this Sunday that the Bible perhaps doesn’t give us all the answers. The answers we do get may not be the ones we necessarily want. In Romans 8, Paul example is instructive. While not denying the reality of quite severe trials, he nonetheless doesn’t provide many answers to the problem of suffering. Instead, he gives his readers assurances in the midst of suffering. Assurances that all things are being made new. Assurances that God is all-powerful and good. Assurances of the never-ending, ever-present love of God in Christ Jesus.
 
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
 
It is Well with My Soul
When peace like a river
Attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot
Thou hast taught me to say
It is well
It is well with my soul
 
Chorus
It is well with my soul
It is well
It is well with my soul
 
Tho' Satan should buffet
Tho' trials should come
Let this blest assurance control
That Christ hath regarded
My helpless estate
And hath shed His own blood
For my soul
 
My sin O the bliss
Of this glorious tho't
My sin not in part but the whole
Is nailed to the cross
And I bear it no more
Praise the Lord
Praise the Lord O my soul
 
And Lord haste the day
When the faith shall be sight
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll
The trump shall resound
And the Lord shall descend
Even so it is well
With my soul
 
CCLI Song # 25376
Horatio Gates Spafford | Philip Paul Bliss

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  • Music: Public Domain 

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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Leading Music: Seth Hubler