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The Ministry of Trouble (8 of 20)
Series: The Riches of Romans
Dr. Stan Coffey
I. TROUBLE CONDITIONS US
II. TROUBLE CONFIRMS US
III. TROUBLE CONFORMS US
Now tonight God has something for us from the book of Romans. As we think about the Riches of Romans, let's take the book of God. Romans Chapter 5, I know I have preached from Romans Chapter 5 a time or two already but there is another message I want to share from Romans Chapter 5.
I want to speak tonight from the subject The Ministry of Trouble. The Ministry of Trouble. I hope that you will listen attentively with both your physical ears and your spiritual ears and I hope tonight that God will speak to your heart and that God will give you something out of His word as we think about the Ministry of Trouble.
Beginning with Verse 1 of Romans Chapter 5, "THEREFORE BEING JUSTIFIED BY FAITH, WE HAVE PEACE WITH GOD THROUGH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST: BY WHOM ALSO WE HAVE ACCESS BY FAITH INTO THIS GRACE WHEREIN WE STAND, AND REJOICE IN HOPE OF THE GLORY OF GOD.
AND NOT ONLY SO, BUT WE GLORY IN TRIBULATIONS ALSO: KNOWING THAT TRIBULATION WORKETH PATIENCE; AND PATIENCE, EXPERIENCE; AND EXPERIENCE, HOPE: AND HOPE MAKETH NOT ASHAMED; BECAUSE THE LOVE OF GOD IS SHED ABROAD IN OUR HEARTS BY THE HOLY GHOST WHICH IS GIVEN UNTO US."
Now as Paul comes to talk about the results of justification by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, he speaks to us in these verses of three sources of hope that we have as believers in Jesus.
Number one he speaks to us of the source of hope that we have in spite of the uncertainty of the future. He says that we hope or rejoice in the glory of God. No matter how dark Walter Cronkite can make the future appear, the Christian has a hope in the future because his future is assured by the promises of God.
And then the second thing he mentions as a source of hope is the trial of the present. The trials of the present are a cause for us to have hope because we serve a God who is ab ...
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