Suffering as a Means to Evangelism


I was listening the great John Piper sermon last night “Doing Missions When Dying is Gain” and he came to Colossians 1:24 in which it says “Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.” It is so challenging to read this! The only thing lacking in Christ’s suffering is the demonstration of it to people who have not seen it. And so John Piper avers that not only is suffering a consequence of evangelism, but that it is also the means to evangelism.

And I am left with some thought that I cannot sort out completely. How do you demonstrate suffering if you are rich? I am not saying that you do not suffer if you are rich, but to…

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