2 Cor 1:6 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.
If there ever was an expert on affliction, the Apostle Paul could be named such. Later, in this letter, Paul recounts these trials and afflictions 2 Corinthians 11:24-33:
- The Jews beat him with thirty-nine lashes five times.
- He was beaten with rods three times.
- He was stoned.
- He was shipwrecked three times.
- On frequent journeys we faced danger from: rivers, robbers, his own people, Gentiles, the city, the wilderness, the sea, and false Christians.
- On frequent journeys he was: in toil and hardship, unable to sleep, hungry and thirsty, without food, cold and without shelter.
- At Damascus, the governor was searching for Paul to seize him. He narrowly escaped by being let down in a basket through a window in the city’s wall.
What’s more, responsibility for leadership in the Church still loomed over his head during all of these trials. In light of all this, Paul would seem justified to list the ways he’d suffered for the faith, but he didn’t. He didn’t tell the church at Corinth, “See what I’m doing for God? You’re not trying hard enough!” He didn’t use guilt and shame as manipulative tools, though he easily could have. Instead, Paul started the letter off by saying: “We apostles have suffered much for Jesus’ name, but when one of us suffers, we all suffer. We know some of you patiently suffer afflictions too. But don’t give up, because there is comfort here.”
Paul assures us of at least two things here:
- We are one body. When God is at work in our brothers and sisters, he is also at work in us. This is why he wrote in the verses leading up to today’s text: 2 Or 1:u1-4 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in 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.
- Not only is God at work in all of us, but we can trust him to comfort us no matter what hardships we face in life. Our God is for us (Romans 8:31), he loves us (John 3:16; Romans 5:8, 8:37-39; Ephesians 2:4-5), and he sent a Comforter and a Helper that is always with us (John 14:16-17).
Remember, when you are suffering and afflicted, you have a Comforter. More than this, God will use your hardship to help others through trials of their own. As Christians, we are the comforted who are comforting.
When God works in one of us, he works in all of us.
The topic for this weekend’s Celebration Service is a huge challenge…….Why? The topic is NOT mentioned in the Bible. What should the church know about DATING? How can Discovery help prepare our younger people – as well as those who are single by way of divorce – use the dating expeirence to find God’s Will for their lives.
Dating is a recent phenomenon. Are you convinced that dating is the only way to begin a relationship with a prospective marriage partner? The groups I have attended this week seem to prefer dating over countship. Not sure if courship involves the parents too much or not – but dating received the “nod”……What is the purpose of dating. How many different people does the average “Joe” and “Mary” date before getting married. What character traits should each person be looking for as they start the dating process. What about Christian.Tingle.com
If your parents were 100% against the person you were dating – would you “break it off?”
Is it okay to pray with your date before going out? If you know your date is a non-Christian – does that matter? As a lady, is there a proper way to refuse a date? What if a girl asked the boy out – are we in a culture where ‘anything goes?’
This weekend should be exciting – informative – and fun…..please make every effort to be with us – and bring a “date” or friend….
Last night a Prayer Vigil was held at the South Shelby High School – praying for Marcie – Jaackie’s Drage’s sister. Doug reported this morning that the Christian Church in Shelbina brought a bus load to pray around the flag pole. How encouraging is this?………..Received a text from Gina Croft —- she said – I am so blessed by my church family. Your prayers and visits were just what I needed. My strength is returning. The pain is gone. It was a painful and emtional recovery. God was with me every second. You prayed for peace for me. God granted me pece to keep up with the medications, daily wound dressings and the pain. I’m sleeping better and driving again. No more heavy pain medication. Yes – God is God………..Ross Steelman traveled to the Quad – Cities to participate in a golf tournament. After the first day he was atop the leaderboard and ended up winning the tournament by 5 strokes. Good Stuff Ross!!!…………Parents of smaller children – want you to include our VBS in your summer plans. The dates will be July 16-18 – which is Thursday through Saturday noon. Ages will be kindergarten through 6th grade………….The weather was inclimate last Sunday – and I know it was the reason for several absenses…..trust everyone will be back in “the saddle” and worship with us this weekend………..
With Summer upon us – the question has been raised about the continuatin of our D-Groups ministry. Whether your groups meets throughout the summer will be up to each individual group. I will continue to write the D-Group Agenda and send it to all leaders – it is up to you if you meet or not. Do not feel any compulsion to meet…..let the group decide. We will definitely kick off the Fall D-Group the week of September 7, 2015.
· Ike & Ruthie’s family. The wife of their grandson delivered a premature baby mid-week. Baby is doing okay – but mother has blood pressure problems which has caused her kidney’s to shut down
· Bro Doug – relief from the sciatic nerve which has caused him grief for a month
· Margie – in the Med Center – issues following 2 brain surgies
· Kierra Marshall – struggling with some digestive issues
· Patrick Fleenor – with the Marines
· Impact for Christ in Northeast Columbia
· Spiritual growth of our members and our D-Groups
· Revitalization of hope for those who have lost their 1st love (Heb 10:15)
May 1st – 7:00 PM – 1st Friday night Prayer Gathering at Discovery
May 2nd – 8:30 AM – NOON – All Church Work Day
May 7 – 12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM – National Day of Prayer at the amphitheater at the Court House
May 10 – Mother’s Day
(Weekend of May 2-3 – we will take a break from the Relationship Series and look at Jesus’ conversation with the woman at the well in John 4)
Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” 15 “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water. 16 “Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her. 17 “I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied.Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband— 18 for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!”
19 “Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet. 20 So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim,[a] where our ancestors worshiped?” 21 Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. 23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” 25 The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” 26 Then Jesus told her, “I am the Messiah!”[b]