Affliction and The End of Ourselves [2 Corinthians 1:8-11]

December 12, 2021

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Sermon Notes

Date: 12/12/2021

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: 2 Corinthians 1:8-11


[Writing Vignette]

SBC Host: [writing] Dear family and friends. What a year it has been! Billy is growing up so fast. He started soccer and singing in the choir. Sally — not to be outdone — has taken up ballet, and found that she, too, enjoys singing. Of course, we all felt the bump in the road when our family suffered an affliction that was so great that it caused us the despair of life. We enjoyed our annual family vacation, though, down at the lake this summer….

Avg Guy: Whoah!! Wait! What happened!? “The despair of life”???

You can’t just gloss over something like that. You need to give us details! 

SBC Host: Why? In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul didn’t.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Josh Peglow fills in at the pulpit and preaches out of the book of 2 Corinthians to show us that God uses trials to cause his people to stop trusting in themselves and, instead, in Him alone.

It’s not that he doesn’t want us to communicate our needs with others — He does. After all, it’s part of His plan of how we support each other.

But the main thrust of what we’ll learn today is that while we can suffer for all sorts of different reasons — and we will — (even a great apostle, such as Paul, is not immune) it’s when the despair becomes so great, that we humbly face the reality that, in and of ourselves, we have nothing to give.

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Our burden is so excessive that we are beyond our strength.

While this can be a disconcerting place to be… It’s a good place to be.

Because as we put our trust and reliance in Him, we see God go to work… to establish His glory.

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  • SEVERITY of Affliction (8)
  • PURPOSE of Affliction (9a)
  • DELIVERER of Affliction (9b-10)
  • BENEFIT of Corporate PRAYER in Affliction (11)

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