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The Gospel Changes How We View Suffering

Philippians 1:27-30


Suffering happens to all people in this world, no __________    

The world’s religions basically have one form or another of the “reap what you sow” principle. It can be described by the word “________________.”


Christianity does not disagree with the basic principle that you reap what you sow, but it does not stop there. It is the only religion that truly understands how deeply _______________ has affected the entire world.


The “reap what you sow” principle is not all that there is. The gospel of Jesus Christ brings a far more important truth: mercy and _______________________.


Three ways the gospel changes our view of suffering: 


1.         There is a type of suffering _____________ to Christians                        V. 27-30


I Peter 3:17-18a          John 16:33


2.         Christians must stick ______________ for the gospel no matter what they suffer V. 27-28


3.         People and circumstances can degrade the Christian but they can’t take away the Christian’s __________ V. 28