1 Peter 4:12-13 ESV

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.


How Do We Endure Trials?

Pastor John MacArthur helps us see how the book of James answers the question: How do we endure trials today? Feel free to save or share this graphic if you find it helpful!

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What Kind of Joy

by Steven Curtis Chapman
Video: 7 Min
by John Piper and Trip Lee at The Gospel Coalition

What Reason Do I Have to Rejoice in My Trial?

by Jerry Bridges

Paul and James both say that we should rejoice in our trials because of their beneficial results. It is not the adversity considered in itself that is to be the ground of our joy. Rather, it is the expectation of the results, the development of our character that should cause us to rejoice in adversity. God does not ask us to rejoice because we have lost our job, or a loved one has been stricken with cancer, or a child has been born with an incurable birth defect. But he does tell us to rejoice because we believe he is in control of those circumstances and is at work through them for our ultimate good.

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by Switchfoot feat. Jenn Johnson

Rejoice in the Lord
again I will say,

Philippians 4:4 ESV

The Invincible Joy of Every Believer in Jesus

by John MacDuff

The night dews of affliction and disappointment may fall thickly upon it—the storms of sorrow may beat heavily against it – the winds of adversity may howl fearfully around it—but, like those fabled lamps of which we read, that, century after century, illumined the sepulchers of the east— burning with calm and steady light, amid the desolation of all earthly things— unchanged and unextinguishable; so does this joy— this living spark struck off from the great source of light and life—outlive all deaths, all changes, until it accompanies the freed spirit of the believer in whom it dwells, back to those abodes of joy from whence it came.

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Video: 21 Min

And the
were filled
with joy
and with
the Holy Spirit.

Acts 13:52 NIV 
Luke 15:7 NIV

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Messages: 43 Min

The Person: Charles Spurgeon

by Michael Reeves

Proverbs 17:22 ESV

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

by Charles Hodges, 12 Min

How to Respond to Persecution

by John Stott

How did Jesus expect his disciples to react under persecution? (In Matthew 5:12, he said), “Rejoice and be glad!” We are not to retaliate like an unbeliever, nor sulk like a child, nor lick our wounds in self-pity like a dog, nor just grin and bear it like a Stoic, still less pretend we enjoy it like a masochist. What then? We are to rejoice as a Christian should and even “leap for joy” (Luke 6:23).

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