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Comfort in Affliction

April 19, 2020 Speaker: Fred Greco Series: 2 Corinthians

Topic: AM Service Passage: 2 Corinthians 1:1–1:7

It does not take much time to see that this world is a world of sorrow. Far from being a place of perfection (or even one that is continually improving), this world is stained and marred by sin – hunger, sickness, and death are ever present. At certain times we become even more aware of the fragility of life and the sorrow of living, but to know life is to know pain and affliction. The Apostle Paul was not exempt from trouble; his life and ministry were filled with beatings, attacks, opposition, and betrayal. And yet in the midst of all that, Paul never ceased to give God praise! How is that possible? Was Paul possessed of some unique frame of mind? Or perhaps he could just ignore all his troubles? No! Paul focused his heart and mind on the greatness of God, on the knowledge that God is “the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.” That gave Paul hope, even confidence in the face of trouble. And the good news of the gospel is that the Lord is also your God of comfort. You can look to Him today. You can find hope with Him today. No matter how dark your circumstances, you can find “Comfort in Affliction” (2 Cor. 1:1-7).

I. The God of Comfort (1:1-3)
A. What God Has Done
B. Who God Is

II. Comfort for the Minister (1:4-5)
A. Equipped to Minister
B. Empowered by Christ

III. Comfort for the People of God (1:6-7)
A. Affliction Brings Comfort
B. Affliction Brings Hope

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