Rejoicing in Sorrow

Some people try to explain unhappy events as proof that God is not good. But His word helps us accept sorrow by teaching us to rejoice anyway (Rom 12:12). God can and will use unhappy times to help us rejoice (Gen 50:20; Rom 8:28; 5:17; Phil 4:4).

I. THE SERIOUSNESS OF SIN

A. Adam’s warning (Gen 2:17)
B. Mankind’s warning (Rom 1:18)
C. Rejoicing: obedience (Rom 1:16; Acts 8:8, 39; 16:34)

II. THE CERTAINTY OF GOD’S PROMISES

A. Positive ones (Acts 2:38; 1 John 1:9; 2:25; Col 1:5; 1 Pet 5:7; Heb 4:16).
B. Negative ones (Rom 6:23)
C. Rejoicing: eternal life, salvation (Heb 5:8-9; 9:28)

III. TO SEE GOD’S GLORY & TO GLORIFY HIS SON

A. Jesus waited (John 11:6)
B. Jesus promised: resurrection & life (John 11:25-26)
C. Jesus promised: see the glory of God (John 11:40)
D. Jesus raised (John 11:43)
E. Rejoicing: belief (John 11:45)

IV. INVESTMENT IN HEAVEN

A. Treasures in Heaven (Matt 9:19-21)
B. Asleep in Jesus (1 Thess 4:14)
C. Rejoicing: baptism (Rom 6:6-10, 4)

For the Christian, sorrow is NOT dreadful!
A time of rejoicing will follow

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