Philippians 1:19-20

Facing Disappointment


In this life there is a great deal of disappointment. Whatever your personality type may be, disappointment comes to all of us not merely the melancholy temperament. We know our children receive disappointment when they do not receive something they want. Young people face disappointment when they are left out by their friends or boyfriend, girlfriend breakup. Business people face disappointment when sales are down and success is no viewed in the horizon. Ministers of the gospel face disappointment when commitments to church membership are violated and when the gospel is flat out rejected. Husbands and wives face disappointment living in a failed marriage and may know the bitterness of divorce. (The list go’s on and on)

Isaiah 49:23 “And kings will be your guardians, and their princesses your nurses. They will bow down to you with their faces to the earth, and lick the dust of your feet; and you will know that I am the Lord; those who hopefully wait for Me will not be disappointed.”

  1. Gospel Power

    1. From a human perspective – II Tim. 1:12

      1. The word “shame” is not the best word – (Webster)

      2. The proper word is “disappointment” – Rom. 5:5; 9:33; 10:11

    1. Three Rock Solid Texts to Keep Us From Disappointments:

      1. The power of the gospel – Rom. 1:16;

(Three conflicting cultures – Jewish, Greek and Roman)

I Cor. 15:3-4 Three essential words for “power”

a. exousia – Rom. 13:1

b. kanon – Gal. 6:16

c. dynamis – Rom. 1:16

2. The deposit of Paul’s confidence – II Tim. 1:12

(John 10:27-28)

  1. Convinced of no separation – Rom. 8:38-39

( Eph. 2:10; Rom. 6:5; II Cor. 5:17

  1. Christ Magnified

    1. The Christian Advantage:

      1. Paul knew what we also know from God’s Word how the story ends – I Cor. 15:24,25; Psa. 2:1-2; Read Phil. 2:9-11

      2. Paul does not merely say that Christ will be exalted and magnified in the end but Christ will be magnified in us – Phil. 1:6


  1. Disappointments will come but the Christian can and does overcome them by thinking clearly and Biblically. Rom. 8:28

  2. Disappointments to some extent may cause us to resist God’s will or bring us to depression. We have the gospel hope! – Rev. 21:3-4

Pastor Nick Iamaio

Reformed Presbyterian Church 207 South First Street, Fulton, NY 13069

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