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Pastor A. R. Bernard’s Sermon 21, July, 2012

The Bible speaks about great tribulation and tribulation. Both are different terms.
Great tribulation speaks of persecution which will happen just before Lord Jesus’ second coming.
One sign before great tribulation comes is the return of the Jews to Israel.
Tribulation speaks of difficulty which everyone experiences, both Christians and non-Christians alike.
Since Christians live by godly value, the pressure they experience is more intense than what non-Christians experience.

John 13-16
Lord Jesus first demonstrated servanthood to His apostles.
He then taught them then He is the way, how to pray in His name, how to bear fruit in longevity and about the Holy Spirit.
Just before His prayer, He prepared them to face a reality: they would experience tribulation.
The same thing applies to us: we will experience tribulation too. God never exempts Christians from it.
Tribulation comes in different forms: physical, mental, social, economical and even spiritual.
Lord Jesus has overcome the world. How does Him overcoming the world help us in overcoming tribulation?

God has prepared 5 support systems for Christians to ensure they are victorious against pressure:
1.) Lord Jesus understands what we go through and offers help to us (Heb 2:18 and 4:15)
2.) God makes sure our problem does not exceed our capability. He provides the way so we can endure it (1 Cor 10:13)
3.) Our faith makes us victorious (1 John 5:4)
4.) Lord Jesus always intercedes for us (Heb 7:25)
5.) Even the Holy Spirit intercedes for us too (Rm 8:26)

Sometimes, our groaning is so deep that we can’t even utter any words.
This is when the Holy Spirit takes that groaning and transforms it into a prayer.

What then should be our attitude as we handle difficulty? (Rm 12:12)
– Rejoice in hope. God won’t put us to shame.
– Patient in tribulation. God is working something great even though we do not know now.
– Keep praying.

A very good sermon, isn’t it?
If you missed the service, you can listen to his sermon here:

Posted July 24, 2012 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Sermon

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