How do we face the inevitability of sickness with hope?

This past Sunday morning , I had the privilege of preaching at Immanuel Baptist Church here in Louisville, Ky, a very special and faithful congregation.  One of my dearest friends on this earth, Ryan Fullerton, has been the pastor for almost 10 years and is a very gifted preacher.  It was a sweet and encouraging time with God’s people there.

I was asked to preach on this topic of sickness and with good reason, for regardless the church, you will always find those who are troubled, even terrified by this question in every church in this fallen world.  Many who are in the midst of suffering greatly because of sickness, disease, or some physical struggle are asking this question and wanting to know where their hope is to be found in it.

I preached Mark 5:21-43 and I gave 2 answers to this nagging question.  As God’s people, we face the inevitability of sickness with hope as we…

1) Trust that Jesus is sovereign over sickness.

2) Rejoice that Jesus is sovereign over death.

If you are curious how Mark 5 gives these 2 answers, I would encourage you to listen to the sermon from Sunday, found here:

How do I face the inevitability of sickness? (Mark 5:21-43)

My hope from this sermon is that you will either be encouraged through your personal burden of sickness with the hope we have in our sovereign Savior, or better equipped to care for those facing the great suffering that often accompanies sickness.  As the question for all of us is not “if” but “when” we will each face it.

Posted in Hospital Visitation, Oversight of Souls, Preaching
3 comments on “How do we face the inevitability of sickness with hope?
  1. Dave says:

    I thank God that this just showed up in my RSS reader.

    My uncle was brought into the hospital yesterday with a major brain tumor and it’s hard to think clearly and biblically on my own right now as I deal with the shock and grief. I got to pray with him last night and thanked God that Jesus already showed us how much he loves my uncle on the cross. I think that’s a good start but I don’t really have anything else in the tank.

    I’m sure I’ll be using these thoughts from Mark 5 today after the surgery.

  2. Ann says:

    Sickness and injury is such a hard thing to process in our heads. Having gone through the serious illness of my 21 year old daughter as my husband was still preaching and needing to lead our church was hard but it brought us to our knees constantly before the throne of God. It taught us that we are NOT in control and that we need to be ready for whatever comes our way and that God is still the same God as who He is in the good times. He doesn’t change although our circumstances do. Just recently we saw this again at the death of our friend’s only son in a skateboarding accident. But we’ve seen how much God holds us up through these rough times and I know that God knows our pain – and He holds us close through these struggles.

  3. Hey Folks,

    It was a great, great sermon, so make sure you give it a listen!!!


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