People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!
We are surrounded by hurting people. In reality, we are all suffering through something. Life can tragically hit us in the face with more problems than we can handle. I know it has hit me pretty hard at times.
In our Men’s Bible Study on Wednesdays we are studying the life of Job. He lost everything but his integrity. He had no answers but plenty of questions. Is that how you feel?
Job had some horrible friends who tried to help him. However, they made things worse. When you face troubles you really find out who your real friends are. It seems friends either leave you or want to give you some kind of advise. But that’s not what real comfort is.
This Sunday, January 20, I begin a 4-part sermon series called “Motivation for Ministry” from 2 Corinthians 1-2. The first motivation is “Caring Comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:1-11). This passage is the Bible’s greatest text on comfort.
Did you know that Paul says more about comfort than any other writer in the Bible, and he says more about it in 2 Corinthians than any other letter he wrote, and more in this paragraph than anywhere else in this epistle. The word “comfort” occurs no less than 10 times in its noun and verb forms in 1 Corinthians 1:1-11 – 1/3 of all occurrences in the New Testament.
The reason Paul could and did talk about comfort so much is because he experienced suffering so much. In fact, he talked more about suffering than any other apostle, more in 2 Corinthians than any other letter, and more in this paragraph than anywhere else in this book. It is as if comfort and suffering go hand in hand. They should but not always. You can find comfort for any suffering you are experiencing.
I hope you will join me this Sunday. If you are suffering or know a friend who is suffering, this passage will be a tremendous comfort and help. We will discover what real comfort is and where we can receive lasting comfort. You will also receive some practical steps if you are struggling through something right now. I hope you will allow God to bring comfort. He is “the God of all comfort” (2 Cor. 1:3-5)
Join us this Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.