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Message Notes

Introduction:      

We say the word ‘happy’ a lot.  For holidays it’s: new year, valentine’s day, Easter, mother’s day & father’s day, thanksgiving, & so on.  For well wishes it’s: birthday, anniversary, wife / life, & so on. Have you ever heard, ‘Happy Suffering?’  Probably not.  Who would say, “Enjoy your pain.”  No-one is that insensitive. Based on today’s epistle reading though, it may not be such a bad thing to say.  We’ll look at Romans 5 again in a minute, but first, what are your:

 

I.Reasons to Rejoice

   a.Bible

II.Romans 5:3-4 – We rejoice in our sufferings, because we know suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

   a.Romans 5:5 – Hope doesn’t disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.

III.Christ suffered for us

   a.Christ is our hope

Conclusion:

 Hindsight

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