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Sickness, Suffering, and Scripture (Leyshon)

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Up until fairly recently, men and women accepted sickness and suffering as inevitable features of life in this fallen world. They would have agreed with the words of D.A. Carson who said, ‘All we have to do is to live long enough, and we will suffer’. However, in more recent times, wonderful medical advances together with a major change in outlook have led many to think not only that they now have the capacity to rid themselves of all sickness and suffering, but also that they have the right to a long and happy life.

For the Bible-believing Christian, such shifts in the popular outlook might be written off as symptoms of a godless modernity. However, the entrance into some parts of the evangelical world by those who put forward a Christianized version of the above, manipulating biblical texts in the process, has brought this whole issue of our attitude to sickness and suffering much closer to home. Real confusion exists among the people of God, which is seen in the many and varied answers to these important questions: What are we to make of sickness and suffering? And how are we to respond to it?

In 13 short Bible studies, which are suitable for both individual and group use, David Leyshon shows us from Scripture what the Christian’s perspective on suffering ought to be. 

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Table of Contents: 

  1. The Inevitability of Suffering
  2. The Source of Suffering
  3. Suffering and the Sovereignty of God
  4. Suffering and the Justice of God
  5. The Mystery of Suffering
  6. Sin and Suffering
  7. The Supreme Sufferer
  8. Healing and Suffering
  9. A Greater Suffering
  10. Divine Purposes in Suffering
  11. Strength in Suffering
  12. The Hope of the Sufferer
  13. Perspectives on Suffering