The God of All Comfort

May 21, 2022 Preacher: Gareth Franks Series: Acts - The Gospel in Motion

Topic: Christian Living, The Church Scripture: Acts 18:1–17

What do you do when you are discouraged in your trials? How do you cope with what the book of James calls “trials of any kind” (Jas 1:2)? Here’s what I want to suggest: When you undergo afflictions, go over your convictions! Trust HIS character and trust HIS purposes in your suffering.

Paul describes how he felt during his early days in Corinth, he uses the words “distress” in 1 Thess. 3:7, and “weakness”, “fear” and “much trembling” in 1 Cor. 2:3. In this text we see God ministering to Paul in many ways during his distress and fear. And when Paul writes back to the Corinthians from Rome, he calls God the "God of all comfort".

  1. Encouraged by Companions v.2-5
  2. Encouraged by Conversions v.6-8
  3. Encouraged by the Presence of God v.9-11
  4. Encouraged by the Promises of God v.12-17

We Christians need to realize that when we let the Lord lead us in our lives, that He goes before us and places people over our lives at every intersection.

In His mercy and love, God is eager to provide comfort to His children in any and all circumstances. Whatever the trial we face, our Heavenly Father knows the situation and offers comfort as needed. The fact that He is the God of all comfort teaches that all comfort ultimately comes from Him. He is our source of peace and happiness and blessing.

Discussion Questions

  1. Should all Christians view themselves as God’s servants, or just those supported by the ministry? Why does it matter?
  2. Discuss the implications: All Christians should give enough that they are forced to trust God to supply their needs.
  3. Why should the doctrine of election motivate us to evangelism?
  4. How can we find the balance between sensitivity to people and biblical boldness?

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