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Adversity Produces Glory
by MarkAnthony Sinagra
03/28/03
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ADVERSITY PRODUCES GLORY


PART ONE: NECESSARY EVIL - Adversity an Unavoidable Means to an End

1. NOT PLAN B: Glory Requires the Existence and Overcoming of Adversity

2. THE GOD WHO IS NOT GOD IS NO GOD: God is in Complete Control of Evil

3. AN INSTRUMENT IN THE HANDS OF THE MAN: God Uses Evil in His Plan

4. GOD BEHIND IT ALL: God Uses Adversity in His Plan for Man

5. SEEMING DEFEAT: God Allows His Own People to Suffer Earthly Adversities

6. RITE OF PASSAGE: Adversity Part of Gods’ Process of Bringing His People Into Glory

7. GOOD, ENEMY OF THE BEST: Gods’ Use of Evil Conflicts with Mans’ View of Good


PART TWO: A GREATER GOOD - God Uses Adversity to Bring Man Into Glory

1. METAMORPHOSIS: Death Births Greater Life

2. AFTER BETTER THAN BEFORE: Adversity Leads to Increase & Improvement

3. PREPARED AND POSITIONED: Adversity Leads to Fulfillment of Purpose

4. GENERATING SAVING FAITH: God Uses Adversity to Show Us His Glory

5. BRINGING OUT THE BEST: God Uses Adversity to Test & Exercise Our Faith

6. ADVERSITY WORKS FOR US: Adversity Produces Glory In & For Us

7. A LESSER EVIL: God Uses Short Term Adversity to Save Us From Long Term


PART THREE: RUNNING THE GAUNTLET - Going Through Adversity

1. NO MERE RHETORIC: The Very Real and Painful Experiencing of Adversity

2. FOOTSTEPS OF ‘PARAKLESIS’: God Going Through Adversity With Us

3. A BROTHER IS BORN FOR ADVERSITY: Coming ‘Alongside’ Others

4. SUBMIT TO GOD & RESIST THE DEVIL: Responding to Testing & Temptation

5. ALTITUDE CHANGES ATTITUDE: Responding to Adversity in the Spirit and in Faith

6. STAYING & FINISHING: he who Endures Adversity to the End shall be Saved

7. THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL: Through Adversity, Out Into Glory



PART ONE: NECESSARY EVIL - Adversity an Unavoidable Means to an End


1. NOT PLAN B: Glory Requires the Existence and Overcoming of Adversity

A. ‘Good AND Evil’: Adversity Incorporated Into the First Creation

B. ‘From the Foundation of the World’: God Foresaw Mans’ Rebellion & Planned for It


2. THE GOD WHO IS NOT GOD IS NO GOD: God is in Complete Control of Evil

A. Creative Control: Because He’s the Creator, God’s Ultimately in Control of Evil

B. On a Leash: God’s in Total Control of What He Allows Satan to Do Within His Plan

C. As He Determines: God is in Complete Control of What He Allows the Wicked to Do

D. As He Speaks: Evil Cannot Act Unless God Speaks a Word of Command to Allow it


3. AN INSTRUMENT IN THE HANDS OF THE MAN: God Uses Evil in His Plan

A. ‘An Evil Spirit From God’: God Uses Satan and Evil Spirits in His Plan for Man

1. God Used an Evil Spirit to Torment King Saul as Part of His Plan

2. God Used Satan to Expose the Pride of Israel and David Her King

3. God Used a Messenger of Satan to Humble Paul’s Flesh

B. ‘God Will Send Them Strong Delusion’: God Allows People to be Deceived by Evil


4. GOD BEHIND IT ALL: God Uses Adversity in His Plan For Man

A. ‘You Meant Evil Against Me, But God Meant it for Good’: God Uses Peoples’ Sins

B. ‘God Called for a Famine’: God Uses Adversities in Nature in His Plan for Man

C. ‘God Hardened Their Hearts’: God Stimulates and Surfaces Evil as Part of His Plan

1. God Stimulates and Surfaces Hostility as Part of His Plan

2. God ’Brings Things to a Head’ as Part of His Plan

3. God Even Incites Sin as Part of His Plan for Man


5. SEEMING DEFEAT: God Allows His Own People to Suffer Earthly Adversities

A. ‘Stripped of Glory’: God Can Allow Us to be Exposed to Adversity and Reproach

B. ‘He Hath Put My Brethren Far From Me’: God Can Cause a Time of Being Forsaken

C. ‘Sheep for the Slaughter’: God Can Allow Our Earthly Lives to be ‘Sacrificed’

1. God Allowed His People to be Taken Into Captivity by Their Enemies

2. Gods’ Plan Included Christ to be Captured and Crucified at the Hands of Evil


6. RITE OF PASSAGE: Adversity is Part of Gods’ Process of Bringing His People Into Glory

A. The Gauntlet: Being ’Pressed’ by Adversity is Part of the Earthly Path to Glory

B. Following in His Steps: The Path Includes Sharing (Fellowship of) Christs’ Sufferings

C. Passing Under the Fathers’ Hand: Using Suffering for Discipline is Normal for Us All


7. GOOD, ENEMY OF THE BEST: Gods’ Use of Evil Conflicts with Mans’ View of Good

A. ‘You are Not Mindful of the Things of God’: We Focus on a Limited View of Good

B. ‘A Stumbling Block’: Gods’ Use of Adversity Doesn’t Make Sense to Man

C. ‘Contending with the Almighty’: Finding Fault with Gods’ Use of Adversity



PART TWO: A GREATER GOOD - God Uses Adversity to Glorify Man


1. METAMORHOSIS: Death Births Greater Life

A. Predestined to Glory: God Allowed Mans’ Fall with a Plan to Redeem Us

B. Rebirthed to Glory: Resurrected Life Better Than Original

C. ‘Birth Pangs’ of Glory: Adversities are the ’Labor Pains’ That Birth New Life

1. We Experience ‘Labor Pains’ Now Until Jesus Returns, Birthing New Life

2. Adversities Intensify on the Earth (Final Contractions) as Jesus About to Return

D. Releasing Glory: God Uses Adversity to Kill the Old Creation to Release the New


2. AFTER BETTER THAN BEFORE: Adversity Leads to Increase and Improvement

A. Turns for the Better: God Allows Adversities Because He Intends a Better End

1. Job Was More Blessed After He Came Through His Trial Than Before

2. God Allows Adversities Because He Turns Cursings Into Blessings

B. Gain Through Pain: God Uses Adversities to Cause Expansion and Enlargement

1. Persecution of Gods’ People Led to Growth

2. Going Through Adversity Led God People to Enrichment

C. Blessed Eternally: Adverse Earthly Lives Are Promised Blessed Eternal Ones


3. PREPARED AND POSITIONED: Adversity Leads to Fulfillment of Purpose

A. Prepared: God Uses Adversity to Prepare Us to Help Others

1.God Allowed Peter to Go Through Sifting By Satan to Prepare Him

2.God Used Adversity to Perfect Jesus Into the Savior

B. Positioned: God Uses Adversity to Put His People in Position to Fulfill Their Purpose

1. Josephs’ Brothers’ Persecution Positioned Him to Save Their Lives

C. Despite Ourselves : Adversity Used to Help Us Fulfill Our Purpose Despite Our Sins

1. Even Samson was Positioned to Do the Most Damage to the Enemy

2. God Used Adversity to Save the Mariners & Ninevites Through Jonah


4. GENERATING SAVING FAITH: God Uses Adversity to Demonstrate to Us His Glory

A. ‘to Make His Power Known’: God Used Pharoah to Generate Saving Faith

B. ‘that the Works of God be Revealed’: God Used Blindness to Generate Saving Faith

C. ‘to See the Glory of God’: God Used Sickness and Death to Generate Saving Faith


5. BRINGING OUT THE BEST: God Uses Adversity to Test & Exercise Our Faith

A. Proven: God Tests Us Through Adversity to Develop and Perfect Our Faith

B. Pushed: God Tests Us Through Adversaries to Challenge and Strengthen Our Faith

1. God Allowed Adversaries to Push His People to Choose Him

2. The Spirit Led Jesus into Testing by Satan to Release Him in Power


6. ADVERSITY WORKS FOR US: Adversity Produces Glory In & For Us

A. The Smelting Pot: Adversity Refines and Purifies Us

B. Forged: Adversity Molds Us Into Gods’ People So We Can Receive His Glory

C. High Caliber: Adversities Produce Eternal Qualities In Us

D. Sharpened & Polished: Adversity Trains Us For Our Good

1. God, As a Loving Father, Uses Adversity to Train Us For Our Good

2. God Allowed His People to Go Through Captivity For Their Good

3. Adversity Caused Paul to Depend on Gods’ Grace, Not Himself


7. A LESSER EVIL: God Uses Short Term Adversity to Save Us From Long Term

A. Straightened by Affliction: God Uses Adversity as Discipline to Save Us from Sin

B. Turned by Affliction: God Uses Adversity to Turn Us From Empty Saviors to Him

C. Saved by Affliction: God Uses Adversity to Save Us From Eternal Judgement

1. God Uses Adversity as Present Discipline to Save Us From Eternal Discipline

2. God Uses Satan as Last Resort Discipline to Save Us From Eternal Judgement



PART THREE: RUNNING THE GAUNTLET - Going Through Adversity


1. NO MERE RHETORIC: The Very Real and Painful Experiencing of Adversity

A. ’My Soul is Exceedingly Sorrowful’: Adversity can be a Soul Wrenching Experience

1. Jesus Felt Painful Sorrow and Oppressed During Adversity

2. Paul Experienced Despair and Fear During Adversity

B. ’Numbered With the Transgressors’: Misunderstood to be Punished for Personal Sin

1. Jobs’ Friends Erroneously Thought He Must Have Brought This On Himself

2. Jesus’ Sufferings Wrongly Judged by the Ones He was Suffering For

C. ‘I Looked for Comforters, But Found None’: Adversity Can be a Solitary Experience


2. FOOTPRINTS OF ’PARAKLESIS’: God Going Through Adversity With Us

A. God - The Father of Compassion and Source of All ’Paraklesis’

1. God Gave Us the Scriptures to Help Us Get Through

2. God Graces Us With His Power to Get Through

3. God Comes Alongside Us Through Other People

B. Jesus - Our Empathetic Helper Because He Suffered Adversity Like We Do

1. Jesus Came and Experienced Our Adversity So He Could Help Us

2. Jesus Cared About, and was Touched by Human Pain

3. Jesus ‘Connected’ to His Body, and Identifies With Us Now

C. The Holy Spirit - The ’Parakletos’ Here With Us Now

1. He Pours Out Gods’ Love & Intercedes For Us, Within Our Hearts

2. He Speaks Through Us When We’re Persecuted

3. He Rests Upon (Anoints) Us During Suffering


3. ’A BROTHER IS BORN FOR ADVERSITY’: Coming Alongside Others

A. ’They Sat Down With Him On the Ground’: Joining the Sufferer

B. ’If One Suffers, All Suffer’: Identifying With the Sufferer

C. ’Strengthen the Weakened’: Restoring the Sufferer

D. ’In the Spirit of Meekness’: Caring Even When a Result of Sin


4. SUBMIT TO GOD & RESIST THE DEVIL: Responding to Testing & Temptation

A. ‘Unto a Faithful Creator’: Submit & Remain Faithful in Trust & Humility

B. ‘Not My Will, But Yours be Done’: Submit in Obedience

1. Jesus ’Drank the Fathers’ Cup’

2. Paul ’Bound’ Himself to the Fathers’ Will

C. ‘Turning the Other Cheek’: Do Not Resist Evil

D. ‘Withstand in the Evil Day’: Resist the Devil


5. ALTITUDE CHANGES ATTITUDE: Responding to Adversity in the Spirit and in Faith

A. ’The Sacrifice of Praise’ - Rejoice Always & Giving Thanks In All Things

B. ‘We Ought Always to Pray and Faint Not’: Staying Strong Towards Prayer

C. ’Count it All Joy’: Seeing the Results of Adversity as Something to Celebrate Now

D. ‘The Spirit of Faith’: Looking to Gods’ Faithfulness & to the Greater Good

1. He ‘Encouraged Himself in the Lord His God’

2. He ‘Looked to the Reward’


6. STAYING & FINISHING: he who Endures Adversity to the End shall be Saved

A. The ‘Coming Out’ Party: The Promise of Eventual Deliverance

B. ’Endure Hardship as a Good Soldier of Jesus Christ’: Staying Power

C. ’Let Patience Have Its’ Perfect Work’: Enduring ’till Adversity Finished


7. THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL: Through Adversity, Out Into Glory

A. ‘They that Sow in Tears Shall Reap in Joy’: Pain Erased by Joy

B. ‘They Shall Not Sorrow Any More at All’: No Adversity in the New Creation


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