Handling Hard Times

Basic Outline of what we reflected on as Mosaic tonight

2 Cor 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 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. 7 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.

8 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. 9 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 favour granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

Truth About Stressful Times

How To Understand Them

1. They Are Inevitable

8 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. 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death

2. They Are Survivable

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,

How To Survive Them

1. Learn To Rely On God

” …..God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles.”

” But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, …. ”

2. Rely Rely On God’s People

” …. who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God”

” 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 favour granted us in answer to the prayers of many.”

Which verse means the most to you right now?

How has God comforted you through the experiences of other Christians?

What do you think blocks God’s strength flowing through a community?

What do you have to give thanks for in answer to the prayers of many? </strong

Prayer
Touched by Your grace, We take Your grace to the world. Healed by Your love, We take Your love to the world. Renewed by Your Spirit, We go in the Spirit’s power to be agents of Your healing. Amen

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