Doctrine of Hope in Crisis
1. God controls the people, events, and trends of history (Daniel 4.25; Daniel 5.21; Acts 17.24-31).
2. Not everything that happens in history, or in our personal lives, is Godís will (Exodus 32.9-10; Matthew 19.13-15; James 2.15-17).
3. God will not always overrule bad decisions we make. Nor will He necessarily block physical or mental pain and suffering (Acts 8.1-3; Acts 19.21-24; 1 Corinthians).
4. God does cause things, even bad things, to work together for His good for the believer (Romans 8.28).
5. The spiritual believer with Bible Doctrine can depend upon Godís comfort and guidance (Galatians 5.16-25).
6. The spiritual believer who endures pain and suffering can experience Godís blessings pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1.3-4).
7. Faith is the necessary ingredient to be mixed with doctrine so that the believer experiences the soul calm or rest that God gives. Unbelief prevents soul calm (Hebrews 4.1-3).
8. Local church assembly for the teaching of the Word, the preparation for ministry (which you need to continue to do in the church and outside the church), and encouragement of each other is mandatory (Hebrews 10.25; Ephesians 4.11-16; 1 Peter 4.10).