This sermon by Rev. C.H. Spurgeon explores the idea that God’s chosen people are often found in the furnace of affliction. The sermon emphasizes that not all who experience affliction are chosen by God, but those who are chosen can find comfort and purpose in their suffering. The study guide will delve deeper into the message of the sermon and encourage readers to reflect on Christ’s goodness and apply the sermon to their own lives.
- What does it mean to be chosen by God? How does this concept relate to the idea of being in the furnace of affliction?
- Why do you think God’s chosen people are often found in the furnace of affliction? What purposes might God have for allowing his people to suffer?
- How does the furnace of affliction purify and mold God’s people? In what ways can suffering lead to spiritual growth and transformation?
- How does the presence of Jesus in the furnace provide comfort and hope for God’s people? How can we trust in Jesus during times of suffering?
- What are some practical ways we can apply the message of this sermon to our own lives? How can we find comfort and purpose in our own experiences of affliction?
Dear Heavenly Father, we thank you for choosing us and for being with us in the furnace of affliction. We pray that you would help us to trust in you and find comfort in your presence during times of suffering. Give us the strength to endure and the wisdom to see the purposes you have for us in our trials. May we grow closer to you and become more like Christ through our experiences of affliction. In Jesus’ name, Amen.