Where Church Meets Life by Larry Wynn

HOW DO YOU SPELL RELIEF?
II CORINTHIANS 1: 1-7
JANUARY 17, 1999 A.M.
SERIES: “SURVIVAL KIT FOR A NEW MILLENNIUM”
MESSAGE #1
SUBJECT: SUFFERING, COMFORT

INTRODUCTION

A. THERE IS LOTS OF TALK ABOUT THE
APPROACHING MILLENNIUM.

1. ON THE PART OF MANY THERE IS
CONCERN, EVEN FEAR.

2. Y2K, THE STOCK MARKET, THE
STATE OF THE PRESIDENCY ALL
GIVE PEOPLE CONCERNS.

B. THE WORLD IS ATTEMPTING TO PREPARE
ITSELF TECHNOLOGICALLY FOR THE
TURN OF THE CENTURY.

C. CHRISTIANS NEED TO PREPARE
THEMSELVES EMOTIONALLY AND
SPIRITUALLY FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM.

D. TODAY, I WANT TO BEGIN A SERIES
ALONG THE THEME OF PREPARATION.

1. I HAVE CHOSEN II CORINTHIANS.


2. THE COMMUNITY WAS A LOT LIKE
OUR WORLD TODAY.

3. THE PROBLEMS WERE SIMILAR TO
OURS.


E. THERE ARE THREE MAIN THOUGHTS
RUNNING THROUGH THE FIRST 7 VERSES.

1. CHRISTIANS AND NON-CHRISTIANS
ALIKE WILL DEAL WITH DIFFICULT
ISSUES IN THEIR LIVES.

2. GOD HAS PROMISED US SOMETHING
THE WORLD CAN’T GIVE.

3. WE CAN HELP ONE ANOTHER.

I. THE PRESENCE OF GOD’S COMFORT.

A. VS. 3 TELLS US GOD PROVIDES FOR OUR
TWO GREATEST NEEDS.

1. FOR OUR SIN HE PROVIDES HIS
MERCY.

a. TITUS 3:5 “NOT BY WORKS OF
RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH WE
HAVE DONE, BUT ACCORDING
TO HIS MERCY HE SAVED US...”

b. PSALMS 103:10 “HE HAS NOT
DEALT WITH US AFTER OUR
SINS NOR REWARDED US
ACCORDING TO OUR
INIQUITIES; FOR AS THE
HEAVEN IS HIGH ABOVE THE
EARTH SO GREAT IS HIS
MERCY TOWARD THEM THAT
FEAR HIM.”


2. FOR OUR SUFFERING HE PROVIDES
HIS COMFORT.

a. THERE ARE SOME THINGS WE
CAN ONLY GET FROM GOD.

b. SO MANY TURN TO ALCOHOL.
(SOUTHERN COMFORT)

c. OTHERS TURN TO DRUGS.
UPPERS OR DOWNERS.

d. OTHERS STILL TURN TO
AFFAIRS.

B. BECAUSE OF WHO GOD IS HE PROVIDES
HIS COMFORT.

1. THE WORD COMFORT MEANS TO
CALL ALONG SIDE OF.

2. WE HAVE THE HELP OF A DIVINE
PERSON WHO COMES TO OUR SIDE
IN TIMES OF TROUBLE.

a. IT MAY BE BY THAT ...


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