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February 7 church service
February 6, 2021

Welcome to Bergfeld Church for February 7, 2021

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Opening — Bill P
Singing — DH & Jessalyn H
Devotional — Bill P 
Children's feature — Ang D, Althea F & Matt G 
Missions report — Chris Harms, Pembina Valley Bible Camp
Message — Pastor James F — Job 3 continued

Check out this week's bulletin here.

Sermon notes:

Scripture passages that speak to suffering.
1)Suffering to show us His strength and power and that He supports us.
Exodus 14:13-14 As the Israelites flee the hand of the Egyptians, Pharaoh is closing in, the Israelites are beginning to panic…
“Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
2)Suffering gives God opportunity to draw near.
Psalm 147:3 – “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
Psalm 34:18 – “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
3)Suffering allows God to be at His work.
Psalm 34:19 – “The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all;”
4)Suffering teaches us about God.
Psalm 119:71 – “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.”
5)Suffering Allows God’s Promises to be revealed and affirmed
Isaiah 43:2- “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”
6)Christ suffered for our example. In Christ’s suffering, He revealed how deep His love for us was. He continued to love us despite it not being reciprocated always.
Isaiah 53:3- “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.”
7)Suffering offers opportunity for later reward.
James 1:12 - “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
8)Suffering brings us to the point of trust. In Christ who conquers all we may have peace even though there will be trials.
John 16:33 – “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
9)Suffering gives opportunity to live and strive to be more like Christ.
Philippians 3:10 – “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death…”
10)Through suffering, Christ accomplished our salvation
Hebrews 2:10 – “In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered.”
11)Suffering is given, to fulfil the Law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2 – “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
12)Suffering for Christ, is a part of the completion in following Christ.
Colossians 1:24 – “Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.”
13)Suffering is a part of what it means to follow Christ.
2 Timothy 3:10-13 “You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings—what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.”
14)Suffering leads to reminder of greater things to come.
2 Corinthians 4:17 – “ For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
15)Suffering is there to restore us.
1 Peter 5:10 – “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
16)To suffer is being an example of Christ.
1 Peter 4:1 - Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin.”
17)Through others who suffered and Jesus healing them, He Proved His identity.
Matthew 4:23-25 – “ 23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them. 25 Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.”
18)Suffering affirms our identity in Christ.
Matthew 5:10-12 “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
19)Suffering leads to God’s glory
1 Peter 4:12-13, - “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.”
20)Suffering presents opportunity for God to show compassion and to offer comfort.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4, - “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
21)Suffering builds tolerance, spiritual growth, and reliance on hope.
Romans 5:3-4, - “3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope.”
22)Suffering cannot keep us from Christ.
Romans 8:35 –  “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?”
23)Suffering reveals Christ in us.
Romans 8:18 – “18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”
24) Suffering will only be for a time for Christians.
Revelations 21:4, “‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ u or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
25)God offers comfort and protection to those who suffer.
Psalm 23:1-6, - “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
As you go to work, people see you interact as a family, how you talk, what you post to your facebook, twitter feeds, emails, where does the world see you in your walk with God? Does the world see you have that peace that passes all understanding? 
“Joy is not the absence of sorrow, but the presence of God.”

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