The Suffering Heart – Sermon Outline & Resources

005aHere is the basic outline for today’s message at Calvary. Below the outline are some resources to help you in your journey of suffering.



The Suffering Heart

The Book of Job

Part 4 in the series: “Change of Heart”

Pastor Shawn Thornton – January 25, 2015


Suffering should prompt us to trust God more – not less.

5 Sources of Suffering:

#1: The reality of living in a broken world (Romans 8:20-22)

#2: The foolish or sinful choices of others (Joshua 7:5-11)

#3: Our own foolish or sinful choices (Isaiah 64:6)

#4: Satanic attack (1 Peter 5:8)

#5: The plan of God (Romans 9:20-23)

When you suffer:

#1: Make worship your first response (Job 1:20-22)

#2: Tell God how you feel (Job 13:23-24)

#3: Surround yourself with the right people (Job 2:11-13)

       When others suffer:

#1: Be there for them (even in silence)

#2: Avoid simplistic theological answers

#3: Point to the supremacy and sovereignty of God

#4: Do not attempt to answer “Why?” definitively

#5: Help them see their suffering as “Father-filtered”

#6: Encourage them to trust God more

#4: View your suffering in light of all eternity (Job 19:25-27)

#5: Remember that ultimately God knows “why?” (Job 42:1-3)

#6: Look for areas in your life God wants to grow you (Job 42:4-6)

#7: Submit to the supremacy and sovereignty of God (Job 40:1-5)

When you suffer, do you trust God more?



Resources on Suffering:

Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering by Timothy Keller (Book)

Why Suffering?: Finding Meaning and Comfort When Life Doesn’t Make Sense by Ravi Zacharias & Vince Vitale (Book)

Video with Song Lyrics for Laura Story’s “Blessings” (Youtube)

Ten Reasons to Believe in a God Who Allows Suffering (online PDF Booklet)