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2 Cor. 1:3-11 – God’s Glorious Comfort

My sermon notes for Sunday, Nov 11th  as we continue a study through 2 Corinthians.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit


2 Corinthians 1:3–11 – [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 affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. [5] For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. [6] If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. [7] Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort.

[8] For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. [9] Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. [10] He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again. [11] You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. (ESV)



2 Cor. 1:3-11 – God’s Glorious Comfort in the Midst of Suffering


Sufferings, Trials, Pressures.  WHY?


Paul had experienced MANY types of trials and suffering during his ministry.  The Church of Corinth would have been very aware of these, especially those he endured because of His ministry to them.  Who better to learn from when it comes to suffering and trials.  We can learn much from his PRAISE and THANKSGIVING.


Paul’s words of praise

(He remembered who God was)


God is the God of comfort – v. 3


He comforts us in all our affliction – v. 4


We receive comfort and we give comfort – v. 4


We are one with Christ in sufferings and comfort – v. 5


Suffering and comfort are beyond just our life – v. 6


We can endure because we are people of hope – v. 7




Paul’s words of thanksgiving

(He remembered what God had done)


Paul’s example and spirit of thanksgiving – vv. 8-11





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