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Grace Under Fire – A Time For Judgment

June 9, 2024
Scott Wiens
Explore how trials are divine processes meant to refine us in Pastor Scott Wines’ sermon, "A Time For Judgment," part of the "Grace Under Fire" series.

In “A Time For Judgment,” part of the “Grace Under Fire” series, Pastor Scott Wines guides us through understanding the divine purposes behind the trials and tribulations that believers face, based on 1 Peter 4:12-19. Scott introduces us to the idea that our trials are not merely hardships but divine processes meant to shape us into something greater, akin to gold tested by fire.

Scott draws from scriptural insights and contemporary examples, such as the phenomenon of deconstruction among well-known Christians, urging us to see these trials not as punishments but as God’s method of refining us. He reassures us that, despite the inevitability of suffering, our salvation in Christ Jesus remains secure, highlighted through scriptures like 2 Corinthians 5:21 and Romans 8:1, which affirm that believers are justified by faith and face no condemnation.

Further exploring the concept of sanctification, Scott uses the illustration of “God’s Chisel” by the Skit Guys to depict how God meticulously works to remove our imperfections, shaping us into His masterpiece. This process, though painful, is part of God’s loving discipline aimed at transforming us into the image of Christ, as echoed in Hebrews 12 and Romans 5.

The blog post concludes by encouraging readers to embrace these trials as part of God’s loving discipline, ensuring us that through suffering comes the peaceful fruit of righteousness, making us more like Christ and preparing us to not be condemned with the world.