Joseph: God and Human Suffering

Joseph: God and Human Suffering

Tempted and Falsely Accused

October 12, 2014 | Josh McPherson

God promises to love and care for us, but in the middle of our suffering and pain, what does that tangibly look like? In this colorful story of Joseph and Potiphar's wife, we learn about the nature of lust and sexuality, as well as how to respond to clear and present temptation. But ultimately, in this snapshot of Joseph's life where we see him falsely accused and wrongly condemned, we get an answer to the pressing question...how exactly does God work through the evil intentions of man and the unjust suffering of his people to bring about their joy and his glory?

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The Comfort of Sovereignty

October 19, 2014 | Josh McPherson

Pain and adversity enter our life without invitation, interrupting our plans and shaping our worldview. Why does God allow such suffering in the lives of his children? As the story of Joseph unfolds, we see God permitting what he hates to accomplish what he loves, so that even the fires of affliction at the hands of evil men and women are only used by God to prepare Joseph for the greatest moment of his life.

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The Freedom of Forgiveness

October 26, 2014 | Josh McPherson

External suffering as a result of painful circumstance is obvious to see, but internal suffering that no one sees is often even more painful. Grief from loss, guilt from unconfessed sin, and bitterness from hurt inflicted by others can traumatize and haunt us. What does it look like to walk in the freedom of forgiveness?

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Intended for Good

November 02, 2014 | Josh McPherson

In life we suffer and are sinned against, and that suffering demands a response. Will we harbor bitterness? Self pity? How could we possibly forgive those who betray us and maliciously hurt us? How can we obey Jesus when he says to return evil with good? How can we be freed from the paralysis of resentment? At the crescendo of the Joseph story, we find one of the greatest statements of God's character and an example in Joseph that shows us a way out of the poison of bitterness and into the freedom of the gospel.

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The Paradox of Providence

November 09, 2014 | Josh McPherson

The climactic scene of the Joseph story delivers the narrative punchline: "What man intended for evil, God intended for good." But what does that actually mean? Is God the author & originator of evil? Or does God just respond to evil perfectly, even as he deals with causes outside his control? Do our choices even matter if God is truly sovereign? How can man be held responsible and accountable if God has already ordained everything that happens? How does believing in God's sovereignty comfort us but not breed a fatalistic worldview? In the story of Joseph, three biblical paradox's emerge that answer humanity's most pressing questions on one of the most deeply profound doctrines... The doctrine of God's providence.

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The Suffering of God

November 16, 2014 | Josh McPherson

One of the biggest questions about our suffering when we boil it all down is this: "Why does God allow my suffering to continue?" His answer is shocking and surprising. In this sermon Pastor Josh unpacks a reality of God's nature and vulnerability, rarely considered but clearly taught throughout the Bible as God's ultimate answer to our suffering.

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The Problem of Evil

November 23, 2014 | Josh McPherson

One of the most seemingly formidable arguments against the existence of God is the reality of evil and suffering. But what if the existence of suffering actually proves the existence of God? In this sermon, Pastor Josh gives eight lines of reasoning for the atheist to consider before making the confident assertion that evil proves the non-existence of God.

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Suffering in Light of Eternity

November 30, 2014 | Josh McPherson

The ultimate hope for every Christian is this: It is by living in light of eternity that we are able to endure our present sufferings.

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How to Come Alongside the Hurting

December 07, 2014 | Adam James

Coming alongside hurting people is not for “superstar” or “professional” Christians...it’s a ministry that belongs to the Body of Christ...to the people of God. Being a Spirit-filled, equipped compassionate friend is a powerful responsibility and privilege.

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How to Come Alongside the Hurting, Part 2: Grieving, Loss & Pain

December 14, 2014 | Adam James

There is something remarkable, distinct, and powerful about Christian grief. But many of us don’t know how to grieve or how to come alongside those who are suffering. The truth is we can only offer others the comfort that we ourselves have received. If we have not adequately grieved or honestly faced the weight of our own pain and losses with the Lord & others, then when it comes to entering in to the dark hour with a brother or sister, we will not be able to walk very far down the narrow hallway of sorrow & grief before our own discomfort forces us back to the shallow end of life. And the reality is at that point, we’re simply not much help. In this sermon, Pastor Adam equips the church pastorally and practically to both grieve your own pain and losses and to come alongside others who are hurting.

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Three Honest & Humble Prayers of Christmas

December 21, 2014 | Adam James

In this Christmas sermon from Matthew 1 and Luke 1 Pastor Adam looks at the  experiences and responses of Joseph, Mary, and Elizabeth to the shocking and surprising news of Jesus miraculous birth. This sermon will also equip you to face life's challenges and God's call with greater hope and confidence in the character of God & come alongside others in prayer. Merry Christmas!

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