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Acts 14:19-22. “If God is really with us how can He let us go through such things?”. Acts 14:19-22. “Do we suffer because of a lack of faith?”. Acts 14:19-22. “Is hardship some kind of punishment from God?”. Acts 14:19-22.

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acts 14 19 22

Acts 14:19-22

“If God is really with us how can He let us go through such things?”

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Acts 14:19-22

“Do we suffer because of a lack of faith?”

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Acts 14:19-22

“Is hardship some kind of punishment from God?”

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Acts 14:19-22

“If we face hardship is there really any advantage in being a Christian?”

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Acts 14:19-22

“Has something gone wrong with the Christian faith if this is what Christians must endure?”

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Acts 14:19-22

“We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God” (14:22b).

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The Christian & Hardship

I. “We Must”

  • “Must” Gr. dei “it is necessary.”
    • Those who live Godly suffer persecution (II Timothy 3:10-12).
    • In this world we will have tribulation (John 16:32,33).
    • To follow Jesus we must deny ourselves (Matthew 16:24-26).
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The Christian & Hardship

I. “We Must”

  • “We” tells us this is not an isolated necessity.
    • All temptation is common (I Cor. 10:1-13).
    • The same suffering are also endured by others (I Peter 5:8-9).
    • We suffer with one another (I Corinthians 12:18-26).
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The Christian & Hardship

II. “Through Many Tribulations”

  • “Tribulation” thlipsis “a pressing, pressing together,… met. oppression, affliction”
  • Christians face many hardships.

1. Persecution (John 15:18-21).

2. Infirmities (Philippians 2:25-28).

3. Painful relationships (Luke 14:26,27).

4. Misfortune of this world (Acts 18:1-3; 11:27-30).

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The Christian & Hardship

III. “Enter the Kingdom of God.”

  • The apostles spoke of God\'s kingdom in the present tense (Colossians 1:12-14; Revelation 1:9,10).
  • Obedience to the gospel is our entrance into the kingdom (Acts 8:5,12; 28:30,31).
    • It is talking about an aspect of the gospel itself - enduring to the end (Matthew 24:9-13).
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