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Sunday morning: October 12, 2014

Message Title: Multiplying grace: using your afflictions to comfort others

by: Pastor Gary Yochum
Scripture Reference: II Corinthians 1.3-7
Tags: new testament, epistle, 2 corinthians

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Central thought: Don’t waste your affliction – Use it to build up the body of Christ ...

Central thought: Don’t waste your affliction – Use it to build up the body of Christ

I. God is sufficient for every comfort (3-4)

  • God’s comfort is active
  • God’s comfort is superior

II. Use your affliction for Kingdom purposes (4)

  • Your affliction is not about you
  • Comfort others best by showing them God

III. Affliction & comfort transform us into the image of Christ (5) (cf. 2 Cor 3.18)

IV. Truths and Applications

1. Affliction is accompanied by comfort

  • When affliction comes look for comfort in everyday situations

2. Affliction teaches us how to comfort

  • Your affliction is not about you Use it to equip yourself to comfort others

3. Affliction makes us like Jesus

  • Memorize II Corinthians 3.18 (God uses affliction to make you like Jesus)

Final thoughts

Affliction & Suffering invite me to

  • Trust God more fully
  • Comfort others more biblically
  • Be transformed into the image of Jesus