JULY 21, 2019



Title: “When You Have to go to Plan B”
Scripture:  Romans 5: 1-5

Sermon Notes: 

Has there ever been a time in your life when your “ Plan A” did not work out and you had to go to Plan B? When I asked a friend that question, she responded, “ Plan B? I am on Plan G, H and I!” If we are honest, all of us have plans in our lives that did not work the way we wanted, and we had to adjust. Or, an illness or an unexpected setback hits us or a family member “out of the blue” and we had to adjust to that!

In today’s sermon we explore the scripture passage in Romans 5 where the Apostle Paul reminds us that suffering is a classroom in which we learn invaluable life lessons.

Frankly, we don’t want to enroll in this class! But, if we can learn to trust God in a time of suffering, we learn that God has a greater purpose for suffering than what first meets the eye; a greater purpose than we could ever imagine. The Danish theologian, Soren Kierkegaard tells us that “ We live our lives looking forward. But we understand them looking back.”

In other words, the spiritual lessons that God wants to teach us in the classroom of suffering are most effectively learned by looking in the rear-view mirror.

As we follow Jesus Christ, we learn that adversity, challenges and disappointments are the raw material of Christian maturity. The key is learning to put our trust in God who will hold on to us in times of suffering….and will never let us go!

Questions for Personal Reflection and
Small Group Discussion on the Sermon:
1.  Think of a time in your life when life didn’t work out as you planned. If you are willing to do so, share this experience with your small group or your family.
2.  Did you feel closer to God or farther away from God during that time? Why?
3.  When have you experienced the truth of Soren Kierkegaard’s words in your own life experience?
4.  If someone came to you who was going through a time of suffering and wanted your advice, what would you say to them?
Rev. Dave Carpenter, Pastor
Rev. Lora East,
Associate Pastor