Fair are the meadows, fair are the woodlands, robed in the flowers of blooming spring; Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer; He makes our sorrowing spirit sing. "Beautiful Savior" author unknown
The life of a Christian is filled with blessings. There is the peace that comes from knowing God has forgiven us all of our sins. There is the joy that comes from knowing our God loves us, proven by the love we see in Jesus Christ. There is the hope we have of life everlasting in heaven, which gives a real solution to this world’s problems. Even then, there is a big misunderstanding that this means a Christian’s life is perfect. Certainly we have been made perfect in the eyes of God. But, life in this world is not perfect. In this series, we will look at the struggles a Christian faces as we live in this life.
THE CHRISTIAN STRUGGLE…
TO CLING TO HIS WORD
Life never ceases to have its share of struggles. These struggles are certainly different for every individual. A child may struggle arduously over homework, which is something an adult has long put behind them. In the same way, an adult may struggle to get their job or finances straight in a way that a child could hardly even grasp. Everyone has their own personal struggles. But today, we consider how a Christian, no matter what age or circumstance is supposed to deal with it. While the worldly answer is to find physical respite through leisure or entertainment or pleasure, we are reminded that there is only one true meaningful place to go…God’s Word.
TO SHARE HIS WORD
We know that God’s Word has a peace to calm us in the struggles of this world. But the answer to our struggles actually provides us with an opportunity for meaningful struggle. That is, by God’s grace he actually calls us to a struggle worth taking on: sharing his Word in the world. Where Jesus has brought us peace, we have the distinct ability to bring peace to others. Where Jesus has graciously forgiven us, we have the opportunity to forgive others. What an incredible, worthwhile struggle!
TO BE PERSECUTED FOR HIS WORD
Though it seems strange to many Christians, not everyone is glad to hear the good news of Jesus and all its implications. Even believers sometimes bristle when their fellow Christians bring God’s Word to bear on their lives. Yes, there is a struggle that is the result of our faithfulness to and with the Word. It is the struggle that is promised and that is most painful, especially when it comes from those who have heard the Word with us. Yet, even in the face of such offense Christ preserves faith in the Word by the Word.
At 720 Old Trolley Road in Summerville Sunday worship is at 10:30 am with Family Bible Class at 9:56 am.
At 134 Foxbank Plantation Drive in Moncks Corner Sunday worship is at 10:30 am with Family Bible Class at 9:56 am.