Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Matt Chandler

Update: John Piper went to The Village Church and spoke on the topic of suffering. Listen to it here.

I have mentioned before how I love to redeem my spare time by listening to sermons. Matt Chandler is the first guy I go to on Itunes when I start downloading to my Ipod. This guy has had an enormous impact on my life over the past year or two. He has had a rough couple of weeks and the news today was not good. Please join with me in praying for this dear brother. For those who are unaware of Matt and his situation here is a bit of how it has progressed:

1) An awesome sermon from Hebrews 11 at Southern early this Fall.

Hebrews 11 Chapel Message at Southern Baptist Seminary on November 12,2009.

2) During Thanksgiving week the Village Church (where Matt is the pastor) released this statement.

3) Surgery was next, but before the surgery he wrote this and then filmed this clip.

Video from Matt

4) The surgery was a success; recovery and rehab started off well. But today...the pathology report came back. Here is that update.

It's a gargantuan bummer. Along with his family (wife and 3 small kids), he needs our prayer.
Have you noticed a theme in his preaching, writing and videos just referenced in this blog post alone? It's a theme of suffering well to the glory of God. Remember Hebrews 11 (don't skip over v. 35-38!) and that sermon at the top, which was given before all this started. It seems a lot like what Paul was talking about in Philippians 1, esp. vs 29 when he writes, "For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, (30) engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had..." Jesus suffered, his disciples suffered (11 of the 12 were martyred and at one point John, the only one not martyred, was boiled alive!) and Paul also suffered. When people suffer well it is an amazing witness to the power of the gospel! Pray for Matt Chandler, but also, learn with me from how he is suffering. It remains a mystery to me...but God gets a lot of glory when his children suffer well.

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