Can God be Trusted?

The world is fallen. God granted humanity a high degree of volitional freedom which he used to rebel against his God.  “And the LORD God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die’” (Genesis 2:16-17).[1]  Humanity – represented in Adam – disobeyed God, which resulted in corruption of creation. Their progeny reaps their sinful inheritance. (I Corinthians 15:22)    Human rebellion brought suffering, pain, and loss. Mankind suffers the result of the curse that sin brought into the world. 

The world itself bears the evidence of the fallen state of creation.  The natural world is filled with death, struggle, conflict, and pain.  Human life is characterized by physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychological suffering of all manner and types.  The presence of evil in the world provides a challenge for Christian apologetic.  The presence of death in the lives of Christians provides a profoundly practical problem in Christian discipleship.  How do believers reconcile pain in their lives with the biblical portrayal of a loving God who is intimately concerned with their lives?...  

The Sacrament of Suffering Grief Share Program is the product of my Doctoral Project in part of earning the Doctor of Ministry Degree from Tennesee Temple University in 2013. It is a 6 session group study of the relationship between the Soverignty of God and the Suffering of Man. 

It is not abstract and academic. In this course we'll explore delicate and holy subjects. We'll support one another on the journey of faith through suffering and loss. We'll bear one another's burdens and look to the Lord for intimacy and answers; His presence and His Word. 

The course is designed for those whose suffered loss through death, divorce, or the daily dissapointments of life in this fallen, yet beautiful world. This is a course for those seeking healing from God and Christ in community. This course is for you. 

I'll be announcing dates for the Fall of 2021 for a group at First Congregational Church of Naples. 

Many Blessings in Christ! 

Pastor Chris