Guest Speaker Pastor Jacci Busch: Trusting God’s Goodness Like Christ
Trusting God’s Goodness Like Christ
HCLD 1, Romans 14:7-12
Discouragement and disillusionment come when we forget who we are and who’s we are. It’s easy as we live life and experience disappointments to wonder why we have to suffer if God is so good and so powerful. What are we missing?
In the sermon, I hope to encourage us to look to the truths of how we belong to Christ. How good it is to belong to the Lord. Our identity as his children means that we can risk anything and trust that no matter how we may fail, he will catch us. In fact, “not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven.” God is good and loving and his will prevails.
If we can keep a kingdom perspective we can hope for our redemption in Christ. This perspective helps us overcome our discouragement because it enables us to trust in God and hope for what is unseen. “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Heb. 11.1). God does have a plan. He is Good and He is in control. So we have hope.
Finally, we can suffer with Christ while we live in this broken world. If we see our sufferings as a way to identify with Christ we can be kind to ourselves and to others. We can soothe our suffering and have compassion for ourselves and others if we name our feelings, see those feelings in the context of our community, and be kind to ourselves by asking for what we need.
See you all on Sunday! Thanks again for the opportunity to bring a message!