Faithfully preaching God’s word invites adversity and suffering. In Colossians chapter 1, Paul remarks on this fact, claiming that he rejoices in such suffering. Moreover, this ministry God had “dispensed” unto him was the fulfillment of God’s promise, even a mystery hidden from the foundation of the world, that Gentiles would be blessed with the promise made to Abraham in Genesis 12.
Message 7 in our series on Colossians, from November 2021. Continue reading “Paul, the Suffering Steward”
Continuing our series from Revelation on Jesus’ “mini epistles” to the seven churches of Asia Minor, we consider the church that puritan John Trapp referred to as “the poorest but the purest” of them all, the church at Smyrna. Impoverished, persecuted, but faithful, this church was commended by Jesus when others were rebuked. May we learn from her example!
Radio broadcast for January 16, 2022. Continue reading “The Church at Smyrna”
Faithfully preaching God’s word invites adversity and suffering.
Ask yourself the question: what is MY personal response to suffering. Many of us might respond with resentment. Others, self-pity. And some might even plot revenge! In this message from Colossians chapter 1, we learn Paul’s response, one he shared with other Apostles – rejoicing.
Radio broadcast for November 14, 2021 Continue reading “The Suffering Steward”
Have you ever noticed how the early disciples faced hardships with a different perspective than Old Testament saints? Take Job for instance. His sufferings initially resulted in much confusion and even bitterness in his heart. Yet when the Apostles were persecuted, they rejoiced. What made the difference? Tune in to this week’s episode of Words of Grace for the answer.
Radio broadcast for March 14, 2021 Continue reading “What Makes the Difference?”