Struggling to Comforting • Rev. Derek Joyce

2 Corinthians 1:3-7

May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! He is the compassionate Father of God of all comfort. He is the one who comforts us in all our trouble so that we can comfort other people who are in every kind of trouble. We offer the same comfort we ourselves received from God. That is because we receive so much comfort through Christ in the same way that we share so many of Christ’s sufferings. So if we have trouble, it is to bring you comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is to bring you comfort from the experience of endurance while you go through the same sufferings that we also suffer. Our hope for you is certain, because we know that as you are partners in suffering, so also you are partners in hope.

Suffering stinks. Nobody likes it. And it so very difficult to have a positive perspective when you are going through a difficult season. But if you have emerged on the other side of a challenge, then you have a calling and a ministry to speak into the lives of people who are where you once were. If you know the certain hope of God’s rescuing love, then you are a living testimony that can give hope to others. So today, consider someone you know is struggling, and reach out to them, pray for them, and commit to journey with them to arrive at a place of hope in Christ Jesus our Lord!

This Sunday's Set List:

"The Lion & the Lamb" by Big Daddy Weave

"Great is Thy Faithfulness (Beginning to End)" by One Sonic Society

"Anchor" by Hillsong Worship

"Here Now (Madness)" by Hillsong United

"Reckless Love" by Cory Asbury

*All songs subject to change based on the movement of the Holy Spirit.

What Happens When We Live Out Our Salvation in Christ?

Question: What Happens When We Live Out Our Salvation in Christ?

Answer: God continues to work in us to make us holy and blameless.

But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation. (Colossians 1:22)

Okay, so there are a few big, fancy words that we use when we talk about salvation.

They are:

  • Justification
  • Regeneration
  • Sanctification

We’ve just been talking in the previous lesson about justification and regeneration (though we didn’t use those terms).

Justification is being set right again with God. Making peace with God. It’s being forgiven for our rebellion.

Regeneration is the new life that comes from believing in God. It’s being welcomed into God’s household again where there’s food and shelter. And being given the ability to live as faithful servants.

Sanctification is the process of God helping us to work out the last shreds of rebellion from our hearts and minds.

Everything important is worth saying twice, so I’ll say this again and put things even
more simply:

...Continued on Asbury Seedbed... (click on the link below).

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Joys & Concerns


Jasper Lynn

Carolyn McIlwain

William Haynie, Sr.

John Godwin


Lauren McCown

Lydia Ehrhardt

Noel Cain

Silvia Blewett

SYMPATHY is extended to Steve Carney & family in the death of his father, Buck Carney, and to the family & friends of Green Rives, Jr. in his death.

*Please let the church office know if you, one of your family members or church friends enters the hospital so they can be offered pastoral presence and the love and concern of the congregation.*

FaithLink Contemporary Service
Emmett Hook Center
550 Common St. Shreveport, LA 71101

Ph: 318.424.7771
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Sunday Mornings at 11:00am

Rev. Derek Joyce
• Executive to the Sr. Pastor
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Heather Gunter
• Director of Contemporary