The Call To Joy and Pain: Introduction - Selected Quotes (Ajith Fernando)
"Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake,
and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions
for the sake of his body, that is, the church,
of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God
that was given to me for you,
to make the word of God fully known,
the mystery hidden for ages and generations
but now revealed to his saints.
To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles
are the riches of the glory of this mystery,
which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Him we proclaim,
warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom,
that we may present everyone mature in Christ.
For this I toil,
struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me."
The Bible often describes suffering as an essential aspect of the Christian life. Therefore this should be a theme that appears often in Christian thinking and communication. Yet, with the affluence and technological advancement of the twenty-first century, many have come to regard comfort and covenience as essential human rights. Therefore the biblical message of the essentialness of the cross has become culturally incompatible with the way many think today…
Joy is a commonly mentioned blessing of suffering in the New Testament… Something is seriously wrong not when Christians suffer but when they do not have the joy of the Lord…
My hope is that this book will help Christians look at suffering as something to be embraced because the sovereign Lord has seen fit to have them endure it. We should not go after suffering, but when it comes, we can look at it through the eyes of faith. Without such an approach to suffering, it will not be possible for us to experience the joy that the Bible describes as an essential aspect of the Christian life…
Today in the church we have a lot of emphasis on a therapy for suffering but insufficient emphasis on a theology of suffering, which must form the basis of all therapy for suffering. Without an adequate theology regarding suffering, Christians avoid the cross and move away from their call, and they are also unnecessarily unhappy when they face pain. I trust that this book will help people look at suffering biblically and by so doing help them to be happy and obedient Christians.
- Learning To Have Strong Faith
- Reflect In Your Heart
- What King Is This?
- Why Shepherds?
- He Has Visited His People
- In The Fullness of Time
- What Man Is This?
- What Child Is This?
- What Babe Is This?
- Why Mary?
- The Tradition of ADVENT
- Joy - Part III
- Joy - Part II
- Joy - Part I
- New Things
- God Sees You
- Choosing One of Two Pains
- So... Who Are You, Lord? - PART III
- So... Who Are You, Lord? - PART II
- So... Who Are You, Lord? - PART I