Comfort

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I used this with a lesson inspired by a Women of Faith conference on our society being a culture of comfort. I adapted it for my 12th grade girls Sunday school class. the end was played with Natalie Grant's To Be Held.

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Comfort

  1. 1. Comfort…… 1 Corinthians 3-10
  2. 2. Brainstorm • Four Groups • Each come up with something, a situation, and event in your life that makes or made you uncomfortable or brings you distress
  3. 3. What is comfort? conditions in which somebody feels physically relaxed relief from pain or anxiety somebody or something that provides relief from pain or anxiety
  4. 4. 2 Corinthians 1:3-10 • Written by Paul to the Church of Corinth • Their were actually 4 letters written to the church but two were lost! This is actually the fourth letter • This is a very personal autobiographical letter from Paul • Corinth was a very busy seaport know for it’s immorality.
  5. 5. 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 have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives so also through Christ our comfort overflows. 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 suffering so also you share in our comfort 2Corinthians 1:3-10
  6. 6. Our society is becoming a cult of comfort. al·go·pho·bi·a (ăl'gə-fō'bē-ə) n. An abnormal fear of pain. How are we handling this pain?
  7. 7. 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 have received from God. Action Comfort Emotion Compassion Our weakness can never trump Gods strength…
  8. 8. What is making you uncomfortable? • Relationships • Bad Choices • Sickness • Family Issues • School • Work • Worry • Fear • Sadness • Confusion
  9. 9. How do we try to self medicate? • Behavioral Addiction – Shopping – Gambling – Sex • Food Addictions – Binge Eating • Substance Addictions – Drugs, alcohol Addicts turn their pleasures into vengeful Gods mason cooley.
  10. 10. Joe Namath Martin Lawrence Drew Barrymore Noelle Bush Lawrence Taylor Melanie Griffith Dick Van Dyke Dick Cheney Steve Howe Tatum O'Neal Larry Hagman Mel Gibson Gerry Cooney Lindsay Lohan James Galdolfini Michael Douglas Dock Ellis Shelley Winters Pete Doherty Matthew Perry David Soul Eddie Money Kiefer Sutherland Charlie Sheen Stacy Ann Ferguson quot;Fergiequot; Jessica Hahn Elizabeth Taylor Paula Poundstone Oliver Stone Christian Slater Colin Farrell Kate Moss Representative Mark Foley Alice Cooper Etta James Ray Charles Richard Pryor Winona Ryder Rick James Johnny Depp George Carlin Demi Moore Buzz Aldrin Mary Tyler Moore Richard Lewis Nicole Richie Chris Penn Richard Dreyfuss Rodney King David Bowie Jason Priestley John Daly Jean-Claude Van Damme O.J. Simpson Prince Harry Keith Moon Bo Bice (American Idol) Jim Brown Tom Arnold Ted Turner Kirsty Alley Joe Louis Brett Butler George C. Scott J. Paul Getty, Jr. Mike Tyson Dionne Warwick Tony Curtis Boy George Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Ken Caminiti David Gahan Michael Jackson Robin Williams Jennifer Capriati Wynonna Judd Keith Richards Robert Downey, Jr. Tonya Harding Britney Spears Judy Collins Ray Kroc Truman Capote Wilson Pickett Rush Limbaugh Eminem Liza Minnelli Carrie Fisher Johnny Cash Haley Joel Osment Ben Affleck Nell Carter Joaquin Phoenix Anna Nicole Smith Nick Nolte Billy Bob Thornton Elton John Nick Carter Chris Webber
  11. 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 have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives so also through Christ our comfort overflows. 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 suffering so also you share in our comfort 2Corinthians 1:3-10
  12. 12. If We make choices based on comfort If we do not drop out of the cult, we will live in a rut of relationship disasters Our distractions become our addictions We will miss out on the full measure of our calling if we base it on “HOW COMFORTABLE IT IS”
  13. 13. We will miss out on the presence of God Short term comforts make us miss long term blessings When GOD brings comfort….He brings HIMSELF!!!! What are you missing out on because it might be UNCOMFORTABLE?
  14. 14. Grace is given according to demand Psalm 77:2 Look for grace so you do not become bitter Hebrew 12:15 God is in process with us, we live with much chaos….
  15. 15. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives so also through Christ our comfort overflows. 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 suffering so also you share in our comfort
  16. 16. • Comfort is meant to be shared • We tend to focus on I and me instead of us and we • The we is the thing, we share hardship, suffering, despair, and joy • Our society is engaging socially but detaching emotionally. 1Thessalonians 2:8 Pour your life into your ministry, encourage, comfort. Let people know you hurt bleed and mess up!!
  17. 17. παραμυθέομαι Para-myth-eomai to come beside or be near WHEN MY STORY COMES BESIDE SOMEONE ELSE’S
  18. 18. Grace is given upon demand
  19. 19. 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 have received from God.

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