Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove

Faith Bible Church

Sunday, September 19, 2010


Preparation for Bible class: 1), Salvation (eternal position), Eph 2:8-10.   2)  Fellowship with God (present position),  1 Cor 10:31. 3) Spiritual maturity (God’s goal for your life on earth), 1 Cor 13:11.





1.  More than anything else in life, God desires for us to live a life of spiritual wisdom—which demands a life dedicated to the pursuit of truth, Psa 19:10; 51:6, 2 Cor 11:10;  Prov 3:13, 8:10, 17, 16:16, 23:32, 119:127; Jn 8:31-36.


2.  Regardless of how much doctrine you have or how bright you are, it is impossible to enter into a life of wisdom apart from genuine humility/grace orientation, Psa 25:8, Jn 18:33.


3. Walking in truth (in the light) is the most important issue in life—far more important than the kind of test we face, 3 Jn 1:4.


4.  Behind all testing and suffering in life are truth/wisdom issues— and all suffering will either propel you in the spiritual life, or set you on a path of reactions, distractions and into reversionism.


5.  God brings in testing and suffering to test the believer’s commitment to truth, Js 1:2-4, Psa 27:11; 37:31; Heb 11.


6.  God brings in testing and suffering in our lives to deal with our arrogance,  2 Cor 12:7-10.


7.  Overview of the 10 major categories of testing.  The issue is ALWAYS orientation to God’s truth. The goal is to have divine viewpoint in each area for protection against the fiery darts of the evil one, Eph 6:16.


            #1—Volitional testing regarding true fellowship with God, 1 Jn 1:5-9, 1 Cor 10:31.


            #2—OSN temptations against the HS, Gal 5:16-18, Rom 6; 1 Cor 3:16, 6:19-20.


            #3 – Testing with regard to the world, 1 Jn 2:14-16; Mt 6:32.  


            #4—People testing, 2 Cor 12:10 (“insults”),  Prov 11:13;  Lk 12:51-53; Prov 1:15, 12:26, 13:20, Psa 1:1; Acts 19:8-10; Rom 16:17-18; 1 Cor 15:33; 2 Thess 3:6, 3:14; 2 Tim 3:1-5; 2 Cor 6:14-18.


            #5 – Severe stress testing, 2 Cor 12:10 (“distresses”).


            #6—System testing, 2 Cor 12:10 (“persecutions”). 


#7—Privation testing, Philip 4:11-12.


            #8—Prosperity testing, Philip 4:11-12.


            #9—Disaster testing, 2 Cor 12:7-10 (“difficulties”).


            #10—Dying test, Heb 2:14-15; Philip 1:23.


8.  The blessed life of spiritual wisdom in times of suffering:


            a. Christians have been given the unique privilege of suffering for blessing, Philip 1:29.


b. Suffering for blessing is accompanied with courage, confidence and

divine peace, Jn 16:33. 


            c. Avoid thinking that your suffering is unique, 1 Cor 10:13.


d. Suffering or adversity is necessary to produce spiritual character, Rom 5:3-5.


e. Suffering for blessing is designed to produce eternal rewards, Rom 8:18; 2 Cor 4:16-18, Rev 2-3.


f. Only suffering can produce the attitude of Biblical humility (grace orientation) and wisdom, 2 Cor 12:3-7; Ja 1:2-6; 4:6).


g. The aim of suffering is to bring you closer to Christ, Phil 4:11-13.


9.  Orienting to God’s truth regarding suffering as outlined in First Peter.


a. Suffering for blessing is designed to refine & develop your faith/B.D, 1:6-7.


            b. Suffering for blessing is designed to refine & develop your priesthood, 2:19. 


c. Suffering for blessing is designed to refine & develop your ambassadorship, 3:14-16. 


d. Suffering for blessing is designed to refine & develop your commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, 4:12-14


e. Suffering for blessing is designed to develop greater strength, stability, and maturity in your life, 5:10.