God of All Comfort
2 Corinthians 1:3-11
Preacher: Joel Fair
God of All Comfort | 2 Corinthians 1:3-11
God of all Comfort Vs 3
Sharing in our Suffering and Comfort Vs 4-7
Rely on God not ourselves Vs 8-11
But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.
Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy.
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
“This work of encouragement is indeed the work of the blessed Trinity: as Paraclete the Father comforts and consoles us; as Paraclete, the Holy Spirit strengthens and guides us; and as Paraclete, Jesus Christ the righteous is our Advocate with the Father and our Helper in the hour of temptation.” - From the New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT)
Celebration Song List
CELEBRATE Who God Is
O Praise The Name (Anastasis)
CONNECT Our Need for Christ
Lord I Need You
COMMUNITY In the Word and Communion
How Deep The Father's Love For Us
CONTRIBUTION of Praise
Jesus Paid It All
Jesus Is Better
Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 together. In it Paul calls us to share in both the sufferings and the comfort of Christ and each other. Give some examples of what this has looked like in your life. What has promoted this type of sharing and what has prevented it?
David Garland, in his commentary on this passage says,
The comfort that Paul has in mind has nothing to do with a languorous feeling of contentment. It is not some tranquilizing dose of grace that only dulls pains but a stiffening agent that fortifies one in heart, mind, and soul. Comfort relates to encouragement, help, exhortation. God’s comfort strengthens weak knees and sustains sagging spirits so that one faces the troubles of life with unbending resolve and unending assurance.
How is this definition of comfort different from what you think of when you hear comfort? Have you sought contentment or escape from suffering? Where have you looked for a temporary comfort instead of the eternal comfort of Jesus?
Read John 14:15-17 and the following quote from the New International Commentary:
This work of encouragement is indeed the work of the blessed Trinity: as Paraclete the Father comforts and consoles us; as Paraclete, the Holy Spirit strengthens and guides us; and as Paraclete, Jesus Christ the righteous is our Advocate with the Father and our Helper in the hour of temptation.
How does the Holy Spirit encourage the church? How have you experienced His guidance and strengthening?
Paul says that the affliction and suffering they experienced in Asia was to MAKE them rely not on OURSELVES but on God who raises the dead. How has God used suffering to make you rely on Him? Where have you relied on the others (family, friends, circumstances, maybe even church) rather than God?
Read 2 Corinthians 1:11. As Paul finishes this passage he calls for the church to participate in praying for each other. Take some time to pray and encourage one another with the comfort of God.