In this lab, John Piper reminds us that God doesn’t help us in our times of need so that we will keep it to ourselves. He comforts us so we can bring comfort to others.
Some questions to ask as you read and study 2 Corinthians 1:3–6:
- Has there ever been a season in which you were especially comforted by God? How did he bring you through that season?
- In 2 Corinthians 1:4, Paul gives an amazing purpose for why God comforts us in all of our afflictions. What is it?
- Who in your life can you share God’s comfort with this week?
Principle for Bible Reading
Authors often give us reasons why someone did a certain action, or why we should do a certain action. They typically give the action statement first (e.g. I went to the store/you should go to the store), then a conjunction or connecting word (so that, in order that, or that), and finally the reason for the action or the purpose statement.
For example, parents tell their children to eat their broccoli (action) so that they can receive dessert later (purpose). The commercial tells us to buy this shirt (action) so that we can be more attractive (purpose). First Peter 5:6, “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God” (action) “so that at the proper time he may exalt you” (purpose).