Comfort

SHARE
  1. What are you thankful for?
  2. Who has encouraged you since we last met?
  3. How have you experienced God this week?
  4. What do you need God’s help for?
  5. How can we help you with your needs?
  6. Do any of your neighbours have needs that we can meet?
REVIEW
  1. What have you put into practice since our last meeting?
  2. Have you been able to help meet the needs of any of your neighbours?
  3. Did you tell anyone what you discovered in our last meeting? How did they respond?
READ
  1. Read the passage aloud twice.
  2. Have one person retell the passage in their own words with the group’s help.
  3. Was there anything missed or added?

2 Corinthians 1:3-11

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.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.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.

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us,11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

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DISCOVER
  1. What stands out for you in this passage?
  2. What do you like and what bothers you in this passage?
  3. What does this passage tell you about God and people?
  4. What does this passage say about the topic you selected?
APPLY
  1. What are some possible ways a person could apply this passage? Is there:
    • A behaviour to change?
    • A promise to claim?
    • An example to follow?
    • A command to obey?
  2. Ask God what He wants you to do in response to the passage.
  3. Share this with the group
  4. What can we do to help the people in our community this week?
  5. When do you want to meet again? Which social platform?
  6. What are some ways we can connect with each other between now and when we meet together again?
 

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