Saturday, July 14, 2012

Afliction Sanctified by Richard Sibbes

In sunday school, my pastor is currently teaching a class called "help for hurting christians" using Richard Sibbes book "The bruised reed" . There is so much comfort in his writings and sermons for the hurt and broken Christian as I mentioned in my last post where I posted a link to audio of part of the book.  Spend any time at all with Richard Sibbes and you can quickly see why he was known as the "heavenly doctor".

I recently found audio of one of Sibbe's sermons entitled "Affliction Sanctified" and want to pass this on in hopes that anyone struggling or bruised today would listen to this and find comfort and hope and strength to persevere.  Here is an excerpt:

"Whatsoever is good for God’s children they shall have it, for all is theirs to further them to heaven; therefore, if poverty be good, they shall have it; if disgrace be good, they shall have it; if crosses be good, they shall have them; if misery be good, they shall have it; for all is ours, to serve for our greatest good."

You can read this sermon here or listen to it here.

For anyone wanting to hear more sermons from Sibbes, Mark Dever, the pastor of Capital Hill Baptist Church in DC has posted his readings of Sibbes' sermons.  May they bless and edify you!

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