Greg Laurie is the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship with campuses in California and Hawaii. He began his pastoral ministry at the age of 19 by leading a Bible study of 30 people. Since then, God has transformed that small group into a church of some 15,000 people. Today, Harvest is one of the largest churches in America. In 1990, Greg Laurie began holding large-scale public evangelistic events called Harvest Crusades. Since that time, in-person attendance and live webcast views for these events have totaled more than 7.6 million, with 489,345 people deciding to made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Along with his work at Harvest Ministries, Greg Laurie served as the 2013 Honorary Chairman of the National Day of Prayer, and also serves on the board of directors of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He holds honorary doctorates from Biola University and Azusa Pacific University. Greg Laurie has a daily nationally syndicated radio program, A New Beginning, which is broadcast on more than 800 radio outlets around the world, as well as a weekly television program. Greg Laurie has authored over 70 books including Live Love Fight, Tell Someone, Greatest Stories Ever Told, Hope for Hurting Hearts, As It Is in Heaven, and his autobiography, Lost Boy. The accompanying documentary film, Lost Boy: The Next Chapter has won eight awards at international film festivals. His most recent film, Hope for Hurting Hearts, features his story of trusting God through tragedy. Greg has been married to Cathe Laurie for more than 40 years and he has two sons, Christopher and Jonathan. Christopher went to be with the Lord in 2008. Greg and Cathe also have five grandchildren.
The God Who Suffers
The God Who Suffers
Why did Jesus have to suffer and die? To satisfy the the righteous demands of God and reconcile us to the Father-this was His ultimate purpose. The death of Christ accomplished redemption, the eternal plan of salvation, and the sacrifice of His Son made complete-bringing forth the infinite and greatest good. Because Christ suffered, He understands our suffering and we are never alone or beyond reach.