Through Many Tribulations: Introduction

Through Many Tribulations

As Paul and Barnabas returned to the churches they established during their first preaching tour, they encouraged the disciples to “continue in the faith” as they would go “through many tribulations” in order to “enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22). The kingdom to which this referred was not the church – these brethren were already in the church. Instead, this was the eternal kingdom where we will enjoy the reward of heaven. These Christians would have to endure “many tribulations” before they reached that reward.

What tribulations would these disciples have to go through in order to reach the final reward of heaven?

What tribulations will we have to go through to reach that same goal?

The word tribulation means affliction, anguish, persecution, or trouble (Strong’s). There are various kinds of these tribulations – both unique to Christians and common to all men – that must be endured in this life. Any of these tribulations could potentially derail our faith and cause us to come up short of the reward.

In this series of lessons, we are going to consider some of the tribulations that we will face in this life. We will do this by looking at examples of people in the Bible who endured these kinds of tribulations so we can learn from what has been written about them. Again, any of these tribulations could be an obstacle for us on the way to heaven. Therefore, we need to prepare ourselves to make it through these tribulations while always continuing in the faith so that we can reach our reward.

Below is a schedule of the lessons in this series:

  • November 13 – Introduction
  • November 20 – Part 1: Loss
  • November 27 – Part 2: Hardships
  • December 4 – Part 3: Sacrifices
  • December 11 – Part 4: Persecution
  • December 18 – Conclusion

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NOTE: This material was originally preached by the author as a series at the Eastside church of Christ in Morgantown, Kentucky from February 19, 2017 through March 12, 2017.

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