For the Corinthians Paul will display the power of comfort in the gospel, vividly setting it before their eyes in a public portrayal so that it is unavoidable. The key to this comfort, however, is that we have to be driven outside of ourselves because selfishness is the death of comfort. Corinth encouraged triumphalism and success – which makes the acceptance of suffering difficult if not impossible! And it removes the platform for comfort. The word confidence is actually instructive. Coming from 2 Latin roots CON = with, and FIDE = faith – self-confidence is nothing but faith in self, IDOLATRY – but Christ is always to be the object of our faith so when our confidence is in God through Christ and not ourselves, then we have comfort!
Pastor Drew is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He got his Masters of Divinity in 2010 and has been planting Omega OPC in Williamsport PA, since then. Check out some sermons by Pastor Drew Adcock Related Sermons God of All Comfort (2 Corinthians 1:1-7) August 13, 2017 Displaying the Power of Comfort (2 Corinthians 1:8-11) August 20, 2017 Eschatological Ethic (2 Corinthians 1:12-14) September 17, 2017 Always Yes! (2 Corinthians 1:15-22) September 24, 2017 Love Hurts (2 Corinthians 1:23-2:4) October 1, 2017 Radical Sincerity (2 Corinthians 2:5-11) October 8, 2017 Paradox Triumph (2 Corinthians 2:12-17) October 15, 2017 VN:F [1.9.22_1171]please wait...Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)Displaying the Power of Comfort, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating
2 Corinthians 1:8-11
8 For we do not want you to be ignorant, 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.