Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr.
Delivered On
September 20, 2015 at 10:45 AM
The Broken Things of Life
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday September 20, 2015
The Broken Things of Life
“The God of all grace, after you have suffered a little while, shall himself make you perfect” 1st Peter 5:10
Life encompasses access to many material artifacts that are 
in tact and functional. Among the widely sought and greatly used 
are the watch, the cell phone and the Tablet. When one of these 
gadgets becomes dysfunctional, or broken, the user immediately 
ponders possible causes while hoping that it is not broken. 
On a wider scope, life - itself is susceptible to an array of 
realities that can be labeled as “broken things”. This fact 
extends across the chronological duration of life. Hence, 
the elderly, the middle aged, the young adults, the adolescents, 
and the children - all have some experiences with broken things. 
Some individuals are capable of accepting the fact that something 
is broken; some persons become distressed as a result of broken 
things; some people hold others responsible for their broken things; 
and a few individuals seek, if at all possible, to find a fixer for 
broken things. 
Our sermon, in this connection, will address the problem of 
broken things; it has been entitled, “The Broken Things of Life”. 
It will examine two aspects of broken things of life: 1) What are 
some things that can be broken in life; 2) Does God intervene 
when we experience broken things in life? 
Let us address the first concern which is what are some things 
that can be broken? It is herein submitted that there are three 
areas in which things can be broken. There is first the mechanical 
things: toys, automobiles, appliances, televisions, and computers. 
Many of the mechanical things have a warranty to partially cover 
the cost of repairs. The mechanical things can be carried to 
repair shops such as a garage, repair shops, and factor 
refurbishing facilities. 
Secondly, there is the family that can be broken. The most 
pervasive brake in the family is caused by death. That reality leaves 
leaves a void in the household. The family as a broken unit causes 
prolonged grief and extensive loneliness. Family sociologists and 
clinical psychologists report that elderly couples, married for over 
50 years, tend to experience unbearable grief. Hence, the survivor 
soon follows the deceased spouse. 
Thirdly, the employment area is one in which we can find 
the broken things. Without sounding too political, the past few 
years have been a period of broken things in terms of employment. 
Homes have been lost, cars have been repossessed, credit cards 
have been lost, family abuse has increased, and personal trust 
is at an all time low. In this connection, references to a rebounding 
economy mean absolutely nothing to most people who are 
experiencing the broken thing of employment. 
Friends, while these are but a few of the many broken things 
life, there is a more disturbing one; it is that of a broken 
relationship with Jesus as Lord and Savior. This fact leads to the 
second - and final - consideration of the sermon; it is the question 
as to whether God intervenes when we have broken things in life? 
Beloved, our Bible tells us that God knows us; God cares for us; 
and God is ready to help us. Our text is but one reference to the 
ever presence and concern that God has for each of us. Listen, 
again, to the words of Peter - “The God of all grace, after you have 
suffered a little while, shall himself make you perfect”( 1st Peter:/ 
Let us look a bit closer to Peter’s statement about being made 
perfect. In the Greek text, the word “mend” is used. It was a term 
that the fishermen knew and used as they prepared holes in the 
fishing net. Those persons were familiar with the value of a net 
to catch the fish; hence, they spent time mending the net. In a 
similar manner, Peter is today reminding us that God is ready to 
mend our spiritual mind set. He may not repair a toy, but he will 
help you mind to things about something else. 
In closing, beloved, “The God of all grace shall mend our 
poor, broken, labor-worn lives - marred sometimes by our 
own failures, bruised and torn often by roughness of people in 
our lives. Heartbreaking and emotionally draining may be our 
experiences as we strive to uphold the faith, but let us never throw 
in the towel. Instead, let us examine the Bible for examples of 
people whose lives were mended after having experience some 
broken things in life. The conversion of Saul on the Damascus 
Road is a lucid example of spiritual mending ( Acts 9 ). Prior to his 
experience on the Damascus road, Saul was a prominent, highly 
educated, vocationally skilled tent maker, both of Jewish and 
Roman citizenship, and an ardent persecutor of Christians. He 
was present at the stoning of Stephen ( Acts 7:58 ) and was so 
pleased with the incident that he chose to round up additional 
Christians. Accordingly, Saul obtained permission to visit 
Damascus for the purpose of bounding Christians, men and 
women, and bringing them back to Jerusalem for persecution. 
Beloved, in lay terminology, “his thing” was to be recognized as 
a successful persecutor of Christians. Unknown to not 
recognized by Paul was the existence of a power greater than the 
source from which he had received his orders. He experienced that 
Divine Power on the Damascus Road. Thereon, according to the Bible, 
a bright light shined on Saul, he fell to the earth, and heard 
a voice saying, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?”. ( Acts 9:4 ). 
Beloved, that event was a broken thing in Saul’s life. It could not 
be repaired by human mandates; instead, the mending required the 
touch of the Master’s hand as symbolized by Ananias’s baptism of 
Saul. Friends, the rest is Biblical history in which is noted that 
Saul ( now Paul ) became a prolific writer of epistles found in the 
New Testament, founder of churches in the Gentile World, and 
mentor of young Christian leaders. 
Beloved, life for us can so easily present “broken things” on 
our pathway. These broken things are in the family, on the job, 
in the community, in our financial resources, and our health 
status. Unlike Saul whose objective was the source of his broken 
thing, ours can occur without evil purposes. Within this context, 
we must never become bitter and withdraw as we travel on this 
Christian paathway. Instead, let us heed the admonition of Peter’s 
message, “The God of grace, after you have suffered a little while, 
shall himself make you perfect” (1st Peter 5:10 ). At that glorious 
time, my friend, you will recognize your endurance at spiritual 
growth. Amen!
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