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                1. Genesis 3:16-19- Suffering entered the world because of sin.

                2. 2 Timothy 1:8-10- Suffering of Jesus was part of God's eternal purpose.

                3. 2 Timothy 3:11-12- Suffering is part of the example set for us.

                4. John 12:23-26- Suffering is something we share with Jesus.

                5. 1 Peter 2:22-23- Suffering should cause us to trust in God's strength.   

                6. 1 Peter 4:12-17- Suffering as a Christian can be used to glorify God.


II. MAIN THEME: Suffering became a part of this world when Adam sinned and God's curse was placed upon mankind.  But from the beginning God had a plan to pay the price of sin through the suffering of  His Son Jesus.  The church must share in the sufferings of Jesus so that we may also share in His eternal glory.

                1. Suffering and death entered the world because of sin.

                                a. Adam and Eve brought sin into the world, Genesis 3, Romans5:12-21.

                                b. Each person is guilty of sin in our own lives, Romans 3:23, 5:1-11.

                                c. We are unable to solve the sin problem by ourselves, Romans 7.

                2. Christ suffered for our sins and fully paid the price by His death on the cross.

                                a. The suffering of Jesus was foretold by prophets ,  Psalms 22 and Isaiah 53.

                                b. This was planned by God from the beginning, Gen 3:15 and 2 Tim 1:8-11.

                3. Christians must share in the sufferings of Jesus to be true disciples.

                                a. Because a disciple must be like his Teacher, Matthew 10:16-39.

                                b. Because righteous suffering produces Godly fruit, 1 Pet 1:6-9, James 1:2-4.

                4. Christians give testimony of their faith through suffering.

                                a. We should rejoice to suffer as Christians, 1 Peter 4:10-19.

                                b. Our suffering gives confidence in our promised reward, Hebrews 10:32-39.

                5. Suffering ourselves teaches us to be kind toward others who are suffering.

                                a. Jesus has compassion for us because of His suffering, Hebrews 2:14-18.

                                b. We need the example of Jesus in our lives, Heb 12:1-14, 2 Cor 1:4-7.




                1. When we are suffering, we need to remember that God is our strength,

                    1 Peter 2:21-25, 2 Corinthians 1:8-11, 12:9-10.

                2. When we are suffering, we need to think about our eternal glory,

                    2 Corinthians 4:11-18, 1 Peter 1:5-9.

                3. When suffering, we need to remember the shortness of this life, 1 Peter 1:6,

                    2 Corinthians 4:16-18.

                4. We need to feel the suffering of others in the body, 1 Cor 12:25-27, Rom 12:15.

                5. We need to use our suffering as an opportunity to show our faith in Jesus Christ,

                     1 Peter 3:14:15, Acts 14:22.




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