Joy Unspeakable

Finding Joy in Christ-like Suffering

For much of the world, the past year has been one in which suffering has become ubiquitous. In the midst of the darkness many are enduring, is there a way to have joy? The message of the Bible is a resounding, “Yes!”

In this fallen world, Christians often suffer due to no fault of their own. A loving spouse may suffer the pains of marital unfaithfulness, or loving Christian parents may suffer the loss of their child. Yet through this weekend Dr. Lee will show how we can overcome the pain and instead experience a “joy unspeakable” (1 Peter 1:8).

More specifically, we will explore how experiencing righteous suffering is to “fellowship with Christ in his sufferings” (1 Peter 4:13). Of course Christ-followers desire to know the glory of Christ, but that is only half of what he experienced. Unless we know Jesus’ suffering, we will never know the whole Jesus. And to know Jesus is the greatest joy of a believer, a “joy unspeakable.”

Rev. Dr. Peter Lee

The Rev. Dr. Peter Lee is a church planter, pastor, and expert in Ancient Near Eastern languages. Peter teaches Hebrew I, Hebrew II, Hebrew Exegesis, Genesis to Joshua, and Judges to Esther at Reformed Theological Seminary. He graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary, California, with an MDiv where he studied under Dr. Mark Futato, Dr. John Frame, and Dr. Meredith Kline. He received the PhD in Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literature from The Catholic University of America. Known for his easy-going, pastoral approach to teaching, Peter makes learning Hebrew and the Old Testament a joy. He resides in Columbia, Maryland with his wife and six children.


Hybrid Sessions

Due to the pandemic, limited in-person attendance will be available on a signup basis on this sign up genius. Sessions will also simultaneously be streamed via Zoom videoconference. Q&A sessions will be held over Zoom to promote maximum involvement by all attendees. Sign up for Sunday worship separately here the starting on Friday April 23 before the conference.

Friday April 23, 2021

  • 7:30 PM – Session 1: The Layout of the Land – join zoom (passcode: 20721)

Saturday April 24, 2021

  • 9:30 AM – Session 2: The Surprising Source of Joy – join zoom (passcode: 20721)
  • 10:45 AM – Break
  • 11:15 AM – Session 3: The Deathly Sorrow of Psalm 88 – join zoom (passcode: 20721)

Sunday April 25, 2021

  • 10:00 AM Worship – Session 4: The Lament of the Prophet – join zoom (passcode: 20721)
  • 11:45 AM Q&A Session via Zoom


Due to current encouragements for ongoing social distancing, etc., no childcare will be offered this year. A nursery room is available for parents to use as needed, and all sessions will be streamed via Zoom so that parents of younger kids can watch online if preferred.


Free for all; registration required for in-person attendance only via this form


  • In Person: 2807 Church Road Bowie, MD 20721
  • Online: join zoom (passcode: 20721)