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Trouble is Good, Part 2 (Pilgrim's Progress According to the Bible #10)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #188

TEXT: Acts 14:19-22

For first century Christians, following Jesus Christ was not easy, and no one then expected it to be. Jesus Christ Himself had warned His disciples that they would suffer as He had suffered and that they would face tribulation. Christians today sometimes forget that the history of Christ-followers has been a long, bloody, difficult road. Many millions have gone before us sacrificing their comfort, sometimes to the point of giving their lives, in order to remain true to their Christian faith. But, I believe we are being reawakened to the trouble inherent in Christianity today. In America, we see increased assault on the expression of our faith in public. Abroad, we see Christians being driven out of their homes, beaten, jailed, and killed because they identify with Jesus Christ. Perhaps, God is calling the church to embrace difficulty, pain, and suffering as a part of our Christian experience -- not to run from it, but to accept it, persevere through it, and even to think of it as something good.
 
In this series, as we travel through Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan, we saw that Christian was met with trouble when he came to the Hill called Difficulty. His two companions, Formalist and Hypocrisy, quickly abandoned him and took what appeared to be easier routes around the Hill. As we look at the issue of trouble in the Christian life, we find three reasons why trouble is good from the Word of God in the life of the Apostle Paul.

MUSICAL SELECTION: "Nobody Greater" by VaShawn Mitchell and "Cry Out to Jesus" by Third Day
  
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