Understanding God’s Sovereignty in Suffering

Why does God allow hardships into our lives? Can God really use our pain for His glory and our good? In this powerful course, Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. seeks to comfort all Christians grappling with the sorrows of this fallen world as he shares poignant stories from his own life and presents important scriptural teachings about God’s role in human suffering.

  • Worldwide Class

    Take this course with Ligonier Connect students from around the world. In the Worldwide Class, you'll be able to:

    • Take the course at your own pace
    • Discuss questions and share notes with your classmates
    • Keep unlimited access to the course content with an active Ligonier Connect subscription
  • Moderated class with Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr.

    Starts Thu, Nov 7th, 2013

    Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. will be moderating this special Ligonier Connect course. The class opens to students November 7, 2013 and ends March 13, 2014. The first lesson is due November 18. You may watch the lectures and complete the assignments any time of day. The due dates let you know when you must submit your questions for the Q&A session that will be recorded after each lesson due date. In this course, you'll be able to:

    • Engage in discussion with classmates from around the world
    • Keep unlimited access to the course content
    • Watch lectures and complete assignments any time of day
    • Submit questions to be considered for a recorded Q&A session with R.C. Sproul Jr. that will be uploaded the Wednesday following each lesson due date
    • Attend a live class session at Ligonier Ministries National Conference for those who register
  • Create your own group class

    Take this course with your own private group of friends, family, or church members. With a group class, you'll be able to:

    • Take the class together on a schedule or allow members to work at their own pace
    • Invite anyone to join your class (requires a Ligonier Connect subscription)
    • Moderate discussion questions and leave feedback for each member of your class
    • Monitor each member's progress at a glance

About this course

All people experience suffering and sorrow, yet our responses to suffering often vary widely. As we grapple with the hardships and sorrows that accompany life in this fallen world, it is crucial that we build our understanding of human suffering and divine sovereignty on the firm foundation of Scripture.

In this course, Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. presents important scriptural teachings about God’s role in human suffering, shares personal life stories about God’s faithfulness through many trials, and reminds the Christian of their comfort in knowing that Christ shares in their sorrows.

This course has been approved by the Association of Christian Schools International for one Continuing Education Unit.

Course Path Overview

  • GETTING STARTED

    • Welcome to Understanding God’s Sovereignty in Suffering

      • to-do Review Course Material
      • to-do Update Your Student Profile
      • to-do Introduce Yourself
  • GOD IN THE WASTELAND

    • Lesson 1: God in the Wasteland

      • Take Engaging with Scripture
      • read Introduction & Scripture Reading
      • watch God in the Wasteland
      • to-do Discuss
  • I CREATE CALAMITY

    • Lesson 2: “I Create Calamity”

      • Take The Problem of Evil
      • read Introduction & Scripture Reading
      • watch I Create Calamity”
      • to-do Discuss
  • BETTER THANDESERVE

    • Lesson 3: Better Than I Deserve

      • Take What we deserve
      • read Introduction & Scripture Reading
      • watch Better Than I Deserve
      • to-do Discuss
  • Quiz

    • Quiz: Lessons 1–3

      • Take Quiz 1
  • JOB

    • Lesson 4: Job

      • Take Why we suffer
      • read Introduction & Scripture Reading
      • to-do Discuss
      • watch Job
  • THE MAN BORN BLIND

    • Lesson 5: The Man Born Blind

      • Take The Schemes of the Devil
      • read Introduction & Scripture Reading
      • watch The Man Born Blind
      • to-do Discuss
  • PAUL’S THORN IN THE FLESH

    • Lesson 6: Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh

      • Take For our good
      • read Introduction & Scripture Reading
      • watch Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh
      • to-do Discuss
  • Quiz

    • Quiz: Lessons 4–6

      • Take Quiz 2
  • LIVING WITH THE MYSTERY

    • Lesson 7: Living with the Mystery

      • Take Seeking answers
      • read Introduction & Scripture Reading
      • watch Living with the Mystery
      • to-do Discuss
  • BEING LIKE JESUS

    • Lesson 8: Being Like Jesus

      • Take Count it all joy
      • read Introduction & Scripture Reading
      • watch Being Like Jesus
      • to-do Discuss
  • MOURNING AND DANCING

    • Lesson 9: Mourning and Dancing

      • Take Hope and victory
      • read Introduction & Scripture Reading
      • watch Mourning and Dancing
      • to-do Discuss
  • Quiz

    • Quiz: Lessons 7–9

      • Take Quiz 3
  • THE TEARS OF GOD

    • Lesson 10: The Tears of God

      • Take God’s presence
      • read Introduction & Scripture Reading
      • watch The Tears of God
      • to-do Discuss
  • OUR UNION WITH CHRIST

    • Lesson 11: Our Union with Christ

      • Take Hope
      • read Introduction & Scripture Reading
      • watch Our Union with Christ
      • to-do Discuss
  • WOUNDS IN HEAVEN

    • Lesson 12: Wounds in Heaven

      • Take Victorious wounds
      • read Introduction & Scripture Reading
      • watch Wounds in Heaven
      • to-do Discuss
  • Quiz

    • Quiz: Lessons 9–12

      • Take Quiz 4