The Call to Joy and Pain: Embracing Suffering in Your Ministry [NOOK Book]


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Ajith Fernando has been national director of Youth for Christ in war-torn Sri Lanka

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The Call to Joy and Pain: Embracing Suffering in Your Ministry

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About the Author:
Ajith Fernando has been national director of Youth for Christ in war-torn Sri Lanka

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What People Are Saying

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"Ajith Fernando understands the pitfalls of pain, as well as the heavenly heights of Spirit-blessed joy. As one who is intimately acquainted with the hardships of a wheelchair, I am truly grateful for the insights he shares in this exceptional new book."
Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder and CEO, Joni and Friends International Disability Center

"Blending biblical faithfulness, gripping stories, and pastoral compassion, this book shows us how God uses pain for our good and his glory and reminds us that if we embrace our suffering, we will discover a contagious joy that makes Jesus beautiful in the eyes of a watching world. Written as a series of thirty short meditations, here is a book to be savored."
Ray Pritchard, President, Keep Believing Ministries; author of Credo, Discovering God's Will for Your Life, The Amazing Journey of Faith

"Ajith Fernando demonstrates that the call to suffer is an invitation to joy. We do not find a dour or depressing vision of the Christian life here. Nor can Fernando's work be dismissed as unrealistic-he does not deny the pain we experience in suffering. The work is biblically grounded, refreshingly honest, and full of practical wisdom."
Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"When I moved from the sterility of the academy to the real life of pastoring, I had no idea of the amount of conflict and pain that could come from within a church. I wish I had been prepared for the joy and pain of ministry and how I was being called to embrace that suffering. Thank you, Ajith, for putting my experience in biblical perspective. We are called to embrace joy in the midst of pain, to lean into the pain and become like Christ."
William D. Mounce, President,

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433520204
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 9/7/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,376,032
  • File size: 349 KB

Meet the Author

AJITH FERNANDO has been national director of
Youth for Christ in war-torn Sri Lanka since 1976. He and his wife,
Nelun, are active in a church ministering primarily to the urban
poor. His ministry includes mentoring younger staff and counseling
Christian workers. He is the author of eleven books published in
thirteen languages.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     9
Suffering and Joy are Basic to Christianity
Two Basic Aspects of Christianity     15
A Forgotten Treasure     21
Bursts of Pleasure     27
Lament     31
Faith and Endurance     37
Surrender     43
Not Gluttons for Punishment     47
A Theological Blind Spot?     51
Suffering Brings Us Nearer to Christ
The Fellowship of Suffering     59
Becoming Like Christ     63
Motives Purified     69
Shame and Honor     73
Solidarity with Christ     77
Our Suffering Helps the Church
Suffering and Church Growth     83
Demonstrating the Gospel     89
Identifying with People     93
Deepening Our Impact     99
Suffering and Credibility     105
Commitment Begets Commitment     109
Avoid Commitment and Avert Suffering     113
Commitment and the Joyous Life     119
Servants of the Church
Ministers and Stewards     127
Servanthood Springs from Grace     133
We Are Rich!     139
The Hope of Glory     145
Jesus: Our Message     151
Disciples Are Made, Not Born     155
Toil in Disciple-Making     161
He Gives the Strength     167
A Concluding Meditation
A Paradox of the Christian Life     175
Notes     180
Scripture Index     185
Name Index     189
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