The God of All Comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-11)
How have you seen God comfort you during a time of affliction?
How has God used trials and afflictions in your life to make you look more like Jesus?
How has God used trials and afflictions to equip you to minister to others? Who is he calling you to comfort right now?
Questions for Preschool
Q: How many persons are there in God?
A: There are three persons in one God - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Q: Who is the Father?
A: The Father is one part of the trinity (the three persons of God). He is the creator of everyone and everything.
Q: Who is the Son?
A: The Son is Jesus Christ, who is also one part of the trinity. Although he came to earth as a human, he was with God in the beginning (John1:1) and also created everyone and everything with the Father. He lived a perfect life on earth, died for our sins on the cross, and rose again on the third day. Now, he is seated at the right hand of God the Father in heaven, and he will come back again one day and gather all of his people to be with him forever.
Q: Who is the Holy Spirit?
A: The Holy Spirit is one part of the trinity. He was also there when the world was created and created all things with God the Father and God the Son. When we put our trust in Jesus and follow him, the Holy Spirit lives in us and helps us to understand how to live in a way that pleases God.
Questions for Elementary
Q: Paul talks about the Holy Spirit in today’s passage. Does everyone have the Holy Spirit? How do you know?
A: Only those who have trusted in Jesus for their salvation have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit. If you have put your faith in Christ alone to save you from your sin, you can be confident that the Holy Spirit has been given to you. (see Romans 8:10-11, 1 Corinthians 3:16, Titus 3:4-6)
Q: Look at verse 22. Can you find three ways the Holy Spirit works in us from these verses?
A: The Holy Spirit has anointed us - we are prepared and empowered for service by the Holy Spirit.
-The Holy Spirit has sealed us - In Bible times, a seal was used to identify and protect something. If an item was sealed, everyone knew whom it belonged to, and the seal prevented anyone else from tampering with the item. The Holy Spirit identifies us and protects us.
-The Holy Spirit gives us a guarantee. The Holy Spirit is a down payment for what the Lord will give us in eternity and the promise of eternal life through Christ.
Questions for Teens
What are some ways God comforts us? How has he used others to comfort you through struggles?
What are some ways you can comfort those around you? How has the comfort you have received from Christ help you to comfort others?
Struggles and suffering move us to rely on God. (v. 9) How does suffering and struggle move us closer to reliance on God?
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