Life can be really hard. How have you experienced God’s comfort in the past? What is the connection between community and comfort?
Listen to this weeks message as Paul Kiss continues our Ancient Words series by looking at Comfort and focusing in on Isaiah 40.
Together we’ll learn that God wants us to be comforted and to give comfort to those who need it.
Speaker: Paul Kiss
Date: December 9, 2018
Sometimes life is hard.
Text: Isaiah 36-39
We wonder if God cares.
He does care.
Text: 40:1-5, 11; (cf Ch. 35)
Need a sign?
Text: 39:22; 7:14; Matt 1 and Luke 2
Comfort leads to hope.
Text: 40:27-31; 2 Cor. 1:7
1. How have you experienced God’s comfort in the past?
2. Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-7. How does God give comfort? (Read John 14:15-18. The word used to describe the Holy Spirit, is the same word for “comfort” used in this Corinthians passage – “Paraklete/parakaleo”).
3. How does receiving comfort from God qualify you to give comfort to others? How does this work even if they’re going through something that you haven’t?
4. How does Matthew 5:4 cause us to rethink how we view our need for comfort?
5. Isaiah 40 is a word from God for the nation of Israel. The Corinthians passage you just read is to the Christians there. How does community affect the way we view comfort? What is the connection between community and comfort?
6. Think of the people in your circles who need comfort. What can you do this week for them?
1. Think of those times when you needed comfort? What did people do that helped? What didn’t help? List those down and then consider how you might bring comfort to those who need it.
2. Read Isaiah 40:1-31 out loud to yourself, slowly. Reflect on the encouragement in this passage and consider what it means for you, your family, your community. What is the Holy Spirit revealing to you in these words?