The Struggle is Real (stand-alone message)

Title Slide

This stand-alone message shows students how they can have joy in the middle of adversity by reframing it within the larger context of what God is doing in their lives.

Key Text: Romans 5:2-4

Bottom Line: Your struggles can make you stronger.

What’s Included?

• Title Slide
• Full-text sermon (1,644 words)
• Small Group Discussion Questions
• Nicely done, ready-to-use teaching slides


“You’re able to have joy in the middle of a trial only when you see that the trial will ultimately work for your advantage. If you don’t see that, then you won’t rejoice in it.

The trial you’re going through benefits you because it gives you something you wouldn’t have gotten without it. In this case, it’s endurance. You can’t develop endurance if you never have to struggle, if you never leave your comfort zone. The trial forces you out of your comfort zone, into tough circumstances, and – as a result – it develops your endurance.”

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Trevor Hamaker (DMin, McAfee School of Theology) is an author, adjunct professor, and youth ministry coach. He helps youth pastors see their potential, develop their skills, and reach their goals.