2 Corinthians 1
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 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. 7 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.
Are you struggling with all the mandatory changes taking place around us? I certainly am. I like routine, I like knowing what is happening next, and knowing who will be doing what. In this time of forced change, I still want routine but find it increasingly difficult to maintain. Furthermore, there is not an end in sight. Yes, I still have time for my private devotions and sermon preparation and Zoom small group meetings, but so much is out of place.
As we turn to 2 Corinthians 1, we must turn to the true Source of all comfort, God Himself. Our heavenly Father is “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.” He is where we must go, where we must turn. We must remember that God has never sat on His throne and wrung His hands in surprised amazement at the events on this earth. God created this world, each of us, and the calamity that we now face. This same God wants us to turn to Him for our comfort.
Having said this, I now must turn to the God of comfort today. We acknowledge that this whole situation we live in will not get better soon. Those of us who have the God of comfort in us and with us are the only ones with real and lasting hope. Even still, we wake up struggling, let us quickly go to our heavenly Father, the God and Father of all comfort. He is in charge, He alone will keep us where we should be, at rest in Him.
John Piper has written a new book on Coronavirus and Christ. It is available as a free download from this link from Crossway.
We will be posting our Good Friday service Friday night at 6:00 on the church Facebook page. Since the government has now restricted all religious gatherings, we will no longer do livestream but will post a new video prepared each week for the service. So, Resurrection Sunday’s service will be available 10:45 on Sunday.
Have a great day in the Lord,
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From 2 Corinthians 13:5, Pastor Steve looks at the test and the exam that Paul gave the church to make sure that they were not disqualified before God. Jesus said that many in that day will call Him Lord but He will say “depart from me, I never knew you.” For Paul to say that we can pass the test means that we can know that we are saved. In this message we will come to understand both the proposition of the Gospel and the experience of acceptance of that proposition by faith. The result is the indwelling Holy Spirit who changes our lives for good
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2 Corinthians 12:7-10 paints a picture of God’s grace uniquely given to a man in great trouble. Yet, we tend to avoid and run from trouble. In this message you will see how Paul embraced the trouble only to find the greater grace of God and a new nearness of Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:7-11 From this familiar passage talking about casting down imaginations and every high thought and bringing them into captivity, Pastor Steve takes a look at the work of God in the salvation of sinners. Conversion is a spiritual battle that we get to be a part of when we seek to give out the gospel of Christ.
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2 Corinthians 1:3–5
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.
My pastor friend, Phil White of New Manna Baptist Church in Downers Grove, is being moved today from Bolingbrook Adventist Hospital to Joliet Area Community Hospice. His wife Dedre, daughter and son, Maya and Malek, need the comfort of the Father today. I met with Maya this morning at the hospital; her dad is in the bed, asleep since noon yesterday. We talked about life and how God has placed in us a love for life. We talked about life in heaven where there is no more sorrow and no more sickness. We prayed for God’s comfort.
How is your comfort? Do you go to the God of all comfort who has promised to comfort you in all of your tribulations with the comfort that He gave to the Lord Jesus in His tribulations? If God could comfort Christ during His time of being sacrificed for our sins, then God can comfort us in any tribulation we face. Do we avail ourselves to that comfort? Dear friends, the comfort is there for your. God has the comfort you need to the level of your tribulation.
I have witnessed the comfort of God in my friend’s family members. Though they don’t like what is happening, we are lovers of life, they have God’s comfort in their souls. Oh how different God’s comfort is when compared to those who do not know it. Whatever you face and whenever you face it, you can go to the God of ALL comfort and He will bring the comfort to your soul that you need. “Thank you Lord for being the God of all comfort to the White family today.”
Yesterday Bobbi and I celebrated 36 years together. I am thankful for a wife that loves Jesus and seeks to submit to God’s word and God’s Spirit. She is thankful for a husband who seeks the same things. Yes, God has blessed us but not because we are special. I believe that God has blessed us only in proportion to our determination to be faithful to Him. As we practice self-sacrifice we see greater blessings. Whenever we have practiced selfishness the blessings ceased. We both saw parents who were committed to Christ and we had family members who were not. The differences were obvious and by God’s grace we have remained faithful to Him and thus to each other. Thank you God for your blessings. Thank you Bobbi for putting up with me.
In 2 Corinthians 8 Paul teaches us how to give to others by the example of Christ giving to us. In this message we see that God wants us to be willing to give back all that He has given to us.
2 Corinthians 7 teaches us what Repentance and reconciliation are. In this message, Pastor Steve walks through Paul’s teaching to show what repentance is and what it is not.
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