Feb. 14, 2021
2 Corinthians 1:3–7; Philippians 1:6
1. Introduction: What do you do when there’s nothing you can do?
2. Fellowship of Suffering
a. There is a __________ bond between those who have suffered deeply and similarly.
b. People who have suffered are uniquely ____________ and qualified to comfort people who are suffering.
c. Comfort from those who have been comforted is _________ -‐giving to those who need comfort.
d. Revelation: Comforting is life-‐giving to the comforter as well to the one being comforted. Why? Because comforting brings ____________ from our otherwise purposeless pain.
3. Been There…Survived That…
a. Remember who’s writing to the church at Corinth—this is ____________ who has a thorn that is painful, humiliating, debilitating, and permanent.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort…”
2 Corinthians 1:3
i. God’s comfort is not described as sympathy, but as ____________ empathy.
“…who comforts us in all our troubles…so that…we can…comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves received from God.”
2 Corinthians 1:4
ii. God comforts us to comfort ____________.
“For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ (to others)…”
2 Corinthians 1:5
iii. We comfort to the degree we’ve ____________.
iv. Personal suffering determines our ____________ to provide comfort.
b. Paul gives us this example…
“If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort."
2 Corinthians 1:6-7
c. The Until Then principle: Comfort those who need comforting with the comfort you have received.
4. God’s Promise
“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
>Part of that good work involves the Until Then seasons in our lives.