Control Issues

      
Today we look at the idea that God is the one who is in control of every situation, including those that seem harsh and unjust.

Sermon Scripture and Outline

Sermon Scripture - 1 Peter 2:18-25

Introduction

I know that you question why you have prayed so many times for my return and yet I am not home yet. Now there is a big WHY In your mind you are asking: WHY Jesus isn’t answering your prayers and the prayers of all of the people around the world praying for my release and for me to be home with you and our family.

The answer to the WHY is WHO. WHO is control? LORD JESUS CHRIST is in control.

I desire for you to learn important lessons during these trying times. Lessons that you carry now and for the rest of your life. The answer to the WHY is WHO. The confusion of “WHY has all of this happened?” and “WHY your prayers are not answered yet” is resolved with understanding WHO is in control…LORD JESUS CHRIST, our GOD!

Saeed Abedini, pastor.
Letter to his 8-year-old daughter during imprisonment in Iran

Expect Injustice
  • Galatians 5:19-21
Enduring Injustice
  • Luke 6:32-36
  • 1 Corinthians 10:13
The Ultimate Injustice
  • Luke 22:42
  • Isaiah 53

Discussion Questions

  1. Would you be willing to go to prison or die for your faith? Why or why not?
  2. How would you answer the person that states a good God wouldn't allow injustice in the world?
  3. Read 1 Corinthians 10:13. How should we live in light of this verse? Why do we still fall into temptation if there is always a method of escape?
  4. Has God ever used a trial or some form of injustice in your life for your good? What happened and when did you recognize God's purpose for it?
  5. How does knowing that Christ was willing to endure the cross give us hope and comfort?
  6. What is something the Lord has been teaching you this week?