In this sermon, Rev. C. H. Spurgeon explores the idea that the sufferings of Christ abound in us, but so do our consolations by Christ. He encourages believers to expect trials and tribulations in their lives, but also reminds them that they can find comfort and joy in Christ amidst their sufferings. This study guide will help you reflect on the message of the sermon and apply it to your own life.

Discussion Questions

  1. What are some examples of sufferings that Christians may experience in their lives? How do these sufferings relate to the sufferings of Christ?
  2. Why is it important to have realistic expectations about the Christian life and the presence of trials and tribulations? How can having these expectations help us in our faith journey?
  3. How does the idea of the sufferings of Christ being the sufferings of the Church impact your understanding of suffering? How does it give meaning and purpose to our trials?
  4. Spurgeon mentions that trials make more room for consolation. How have you experienced this in your own life? How have your trials deepened your relationship with God and increased your reliance on Him?
  5. How does the close relationship between trials and consolations in the Christian life bring honor and glory to Jesus? How can our response to suffering be a testimony to others?
  6. Have you ever been in a situation where you were almost driven to despair? How did you find comfort and hope in Christ during that time? How can we encourage others who may be experiencing despair?
  7. Reflect on the distinction between being a child of God or a child of the devil. How does this distinction impact your understanding of suffering and consolation? How does it motivate you to seek a relationship with God?


Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for the message of this sermon and the reminder that our sufferings are not in vain. We acknowledge that trials and tribulations are a part of the Christian life, but we also find comfort in knowing that you are with us in our sufferings. Help us to have realistic expectations about the Christian life and to trust in your faithfulness. May our sufferings bring honor and glory to Jesus, and may we find consolation and joy in Him. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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