(PDF FREE) [Surprised by Suffering] AUTHOR R.C. Sproul

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review Surprised by Suffering ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Surprised by suffering; instead we should expect pain and sorrow in this life Some are actually called to a vocation of suffering and all of us are called to undergo the ultimate suffering of death God promises in His Word that difficult times will come upon us but He also promises that He allows suffering for our good and His glory and He will never give us than we can bear with His help Dr Sproul offers solid biblical counsel and comfort for those undergoing suffering and f. I keep hearing about and seeing books that implyor directly state that suffering in the life of a Christian is abnormal Actually suffering is one of the most normal things in the life of a Christian That suffering may be physicalpersecution disease handicap etc or mentalcaused by self denial struggles to keep focused slaying of lustsetc but it certainly isn t strange Peter writes to the Churches Dear friends do not be surprised by the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you as though something strange were happening to you Instead because you are participating in the sufferings of Christ keep on rejoicing so that you may be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed 1Pe 412 13 ISV And thus the title of Sproul s book Surprised by Suffering in which he strives to take away the element of surprise and points out that we should not be surprised by suffering but rather in that suffering seek to focus ourselves on the God who sends it see even suffering as a call from God and to remember that this suffering is only momentary our home is not in this sin laden world but in HeavenWe don t expect to go to Heaven on flowery beds of ease we don t expect health wealth and prosperity we expect to submit to whatever the Father sends us be it good or ill Not that it is sin to ask God to take away our suffering but as Sproul comments Jesus ualified His prayer If it is Your will Jesus did not name it and claim it I am astonished that in light of the clear biblical record anyone would have the audacity to suggest that it is wrong for the afflicted in body or soul to couch their prayers for deliverance in terms of If it be Thy will We are told that when affliction comes God always wills healing that He has nothing to do with suffering and that all that we must do is claim the answer we seek by faith We are exhorted to claim God s yes before He speaks itAway with such distortions of biblical faith They are conceived in the mind of the Tempter who would seduce us into exchanging faith for magic No amount of pious verbiage can transform such falsehood into sound doctrine We must accept the fact that God sometimes says no Sometimes He calls us to suffer and die even if we want to claim the contraryI wish that Sproul had focused a bit on the Sanctification aspect of suffering but overall I liked his directing the focus to God His Word and Will Again I liked that Sproul emphasizes that we ought to look on suffering and dying as being vocations from God We want to serve God well in these vocations just as we want to serve God well in our jobs and relationships This is a good book directing the focus not to this world but the next and not on our desires but on God s Word Here is perhaps my favorite uote from the bookWe are not doomed to an ultimate conflict with no hope of resolution The message of scripture is one of victory full final and ultimate victory It is not our doom that is certain but Satan s His head has been crushed by the heel of Christ who is the Alpha and OmegaAbove all suffering and death stands the crucified and risen Lord He has defeated the ultimate enemy of life He has vanuished the power of death He calls us to die a call to obedience in the final transition of life Because of Christ death is not final It is a passage from one world to the nextGod does not always will healing If He did He would suffer endless frustration seeing His will being repeatedly thwarted in the deaths of His people He did not will the healing of Stephen from the wounds inflicted by the stones that were hurled against him He did not will the healing of Moses of Joseph of David of Paul of Augustine of Martin Luther of John Calvin These all died in faith Ultimate healing comes through death and after deathCertainly God answers prayers and gives healings to our bodies during this life But even those healings are temporary Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead But Lazarus died again Jesus gave sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf Yet every person Jesus healed eventually died They died not because Satan finally won over Jesus but because Jesus called them to dieWhen God issues a call to us it is always a holy call The vocation of dying is a sacred vocation To understand that is one of the most important lessons a Christian can ever learn When the summons comes we can respond in many ways We can become angry bitter or terrified But if we see it as a call from God and not a threat from Satan we are far prepared to cope with its difficultiesThanks to Ligonier Ministries who will be sending me a copy of this book in return for my review of the free pdf copy they sent methe review does not have to be a favorable one

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review Surprised by Suffering ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Summary Suffering often seems to catch us by surprise One day we are healthy comfortable and happy The next we find ourselves ill or injured struggling and distraught The pain that invades our lives may come from our own suffering or that of a loved one But no matter the source we didn't see it coming All too often our perplexity prompts us to suspect God of wrongdoing In this classic book republished in a revised and expanded edition Dr R C Sproul argues that we should not be. It was okayGood not great Nothing particularly problematic A few times the exegesis was uestionable but generally it wasn t in regards to anything core It felt like it had less to do with dealing with suffering and how a Christian should handle it and just about how Jesus is Lord and we are going to Heaven The bulk of it is spent on discussing the resurrection in detail Heaven eternal life and stuff like that which is relevant to the topic of suffering but largely secondary in discussions of it It s good stuff just not what I think a lot people would expect given the title Nothing bad though And the chapter on Heaven at the end is good it basically looks at Revelation 21 and some of chapter 22 a few verses at a time It was very okay If you like RC Sproul or you just want to read it go ahead You ll probably find some encouragement It s good but nothing really exceptional

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review Surprised by Suffering ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Or those who minister to the suffering counsel that helps believers stand in times of trial with faith in a God who is both loving and good Chapters Suffering Perplexity and Despair Walking the Via Dolorosa A Case Study in Suffering Purpose in Suffering The Final Calling Dying in Faith Speculations on Life after Death Jesus and the Afterlife To Die Is Gain A Vision of Things to Come Conclusion Resources Appendix uestions and Answers Index of Scripture Index of Subjects and Nam. First sentence Christians are those who have faith in Christ We all aspire to possess a faith that is strong and enduring The reality however is that faith is not a constant thing Our faith wavers between moments of supreme exultation and trying times that push us to the rim of despair Doubt flashes danger lights at us and threatens our peace Rare is the saint who has a tranuil spirit in all seasons Suffering is one of the most significant challenges to any believer s faith When pain grief persecution or other forms of suffering strike we find ourselves caught off guard confused and full of uestions Suffering can strain faith to the limitsPremiseplot RC Sproul argues that Christians should not be surprised by suffering pain suffering sorrow death in this life Instead we should expect it For not only is it following the path of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ It is a sign that we listened to his message his words The Word never promised a comfortable easy life for his followers his disciples He never once hinted that his followers would be healthy or wealthy He never once assured any believers that they d be happy happy as the world defines happy If preachers are adding or subtracting to or from the Word of God to promise their listeners their congregations health wealth and prosperity they are essentially false teachers Roughly half of the book focuses on pain and suffering The other half focuses on dying death and the afterlife Sproul addresses the issue of heaven and hell and how you can know where you ll spend eternity Table of contents Suffering Perplexity and DespairWalking the Via DolorosaA Case Study in SufferingPurpose in SufferingThe Final CallingDying in FaithSpeculations on Life After DeathJesus and the AfterlifeTo Die Is GainA Vision of Things to ComeConclusionMy thoughts I really LOVED this one The older I get the I embrace books on the subject of pain and sufferingespecially well written ones that treasure the doctrine of God s Sovereignty Nothing is frustrating that coming across a book on pain and suffering and hearing that it is all your fault for not having enough faith That there is power in your words have faith in the power of your words have faith in the power of your faith Or even so gross an error that if Christians had enough faith they would not die This book is first and foremost biblical It does not promise readers anything outside what the Scripture promises It is not thinking what do people want to hear what do people want to believe instead it is thinking what does the Word of God actually SAY And of course while false teachers also lean against the Word of God saying the Bible says the key is always always always in the CONTEXT As my mom s grandma used to say You can prove absolutely ANYTHING with enough dot dot dots Sproul never uses dot dot dots to make his points