Trials and the Coming of Christ

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There is no question that we will experience times of trial and testing. While we can't always control our circumstances, we can control the way we respond. This week, Keith Holloway urges Christians to reframe every trial in the context that Jesus will return.

Key Points from the Podcast

  • James was writing to a people who were facing severe challenges. He used the framework of Christ’s future return to encourage them in their present struggles.

  • Paul instructed believers to comfort one another as we remember that Jesus is coming back us.

  • We are not to be afraid of Christ’ return, rather we are to love, look and long for his coming. It is to be a source of hope for Christians.

  • Trials are God’s proving ground, meant to strengthen and encourage us, giving us hope of Christ’s return and our being glorified with him.

  • The grace of God is the power of God given to us to live righteously in this present age.

  • We will receive a righteous reward for all our labors in and for Christ.

Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast

James 5:7–9; 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18; 2 Timothy 4:6–8; 1 Corinthians 1:4–9; Titus 2:11–15; Colossians 3:1–7; 2 Peter 3:1–9

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About Keith Holloway

Keith Holloway has been with World Challenge for 26 years holding various positions. He is currently the Senior Director of Leadership Development. Keith is a Bible teacher and Community Health and Evangelism (CHE) trainer, facilitator, and a member of the Global CHE Network’s Representative Council. He and his wife Maureen live in Colorado Springs; they have six grown children and ten grandchildren.