Blessings Out of Buffetings — The Call to Church Action Series #11
Are you facing trials in your life? You may have been taught from James and 1 Peter that trials are good for your character and your faith, etc. But have you ever thought that they are also good for God’s kingdom…that they are the very means for the spread of His gospel…for the outshining of His glory? Is it not therefore a blessing to suffer for His name? No one can reflect the light of the glorious gospel of Christ in an age dominated by the “god of this world” without facing trials. Jesus clearly predicted this when He declared, “…In the world you shall have tribulation…” (John 16:33). In our text today, Paul is describing what is the norm, in relation to suffering, for the minister of the gospel.
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Encounter is a half-hour program featuring the expository preaching messages of the late Dr. Stephen Olford. Dr. David Olford is the host of the program. These messages come out of the archives of Stephen Olford’s ministry, primarily from his years of preaching at Calvary Baptist Church in Manhattan, NY. Encounter was broadcast on many radio stations throughout the world for many years. Following his death in 2004, the radio broadcasts were discontinued.
About Dr. David L. Olford
Dr. David Olford serves as the Chairman of the Board and President of Olford Ministries International, Inc. (OMI), founded by his late father, Dr. Stephen Olford in 1976, a ministry committed to the preaching and teaching of the Word of God. He joined OMI in 1985. He also serves as the President of the Stephen Olford Ministry Legacy, formed in 2009, to preserve the preaching and teaching ministry of Dr. Stephen Olford. OMI leads Biblical Preaching Institutes and seminars at the Stephen Olford Center in Memphis, TN. and elsewhere.
David received a BA in Ancient Language from Wheaton College and an MA in New Testament Theology from Wheaton Graduate School. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield (England) in Biblical Studies. He served as the Stephen Olford Professor of Expository Preaching with Union University (TN.) from 2007 to 2016.
In 2009, David’s book, Find Us Faithful: Leadership that Leaves a Legacy was published by B&H Publishing. Together with his father, he coauthored the widely acclaimed, Anointed Expository Preaching. He also compiled the book, A Passion for Preaching, in honor of his father. As both a teacher and preacher, Dr. David Olford has shared his passion for God’s inerrant Word across the United States and in numerous foreign countries.
David Olford and his wife, Ellen, have been married since 1986 and live in Memphis, TN. The Olfords have two adult daughters, Lindsay and Stephanie.