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. . . He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.
What
kinds
things should
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go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them
(See note
on page 828.)
who trust
in on
him.
in
the name
ofgood
the Father
the Sonhis
andloved
the Holy
Spirit. Teach these new disciples to
A God
who is
wantsand
to comfort
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obey all the commands I have given you.”
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comfort
T S 1 I3 :2
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day . . . the Holy Spirit said, “Appoint Barnabas and Saul for the
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to which
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three
of Job’s
friends
heard
themore
tragedy
he had
theymen
got laid
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their
hands
them and
sent
them
on their
way. and console him. (See note on page 453.)
together
andontraveled
from
their
homes
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Some
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• J O B 2 1 :2 | “Listen closely to what I am saying. That’s one consolation you can give me.”
• AC T S 2 :4 2 - 4 4 | All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to
You can be a good listener. It is usually more important for you to listen than to talk.
fellowship, and to sharing in meals. . . . And all the believers met together in one place and
UT H 2 :everything
1 3 | “I hope
I continue
to please you, sir,” she replied. “You have comforted me by
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they
had.
speaking so kindly to me, even though I am not one of your workers.”
Key functions of the church include teaching, fellowship, worship, and prayer.
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H Y 4 :2 | Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or

comforts them.
not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.
You can speak kind and encouraging words.
There is a special and unique role for the church to teach and preach—the public procla-
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:3 - 4 | All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our
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• J A M ES 5 :1 4 | Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and
God has given us.
pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord.
Remember the ways God has comforted you, and model that same comfort to others.
The church should pray for its members who are facing adversity and take special care of
When you have experienced God’s assuring love, his guiding wisdom, and his sustaining
widows, orphans, and those in need.
power, you are able to comfort others with understanding. The comforted become the
comforters.
How can we have hope for the church?
C O R I N T H I A N S 1 :7 | We are confident that as you share in our sufferings, you will also
•• 2M AT
T H EW 1 6 : 1 8 | “Upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will
share
in the comfort
God gives us. (See note on page 1047.)
not
conquer
it.”
A great privilege of believers is to share the vulnerability of offering comfort and underThe church will not be overcome; Jesus promises that he will build his church. The Lord is
standing to one another. If you see vulnerability as a negative thing, you will always have
using the church as his divine instrument to overcome evil with good.
trouble sharing with others. If you see it as a way to deeper and healthier relationships,
youif will
learn like
to develop
it.
What
I don’t
the church
I’m attending or the people in it?
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You
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It’s easy to like people who are likable. But you model God’s love when you serve those
Canwho
I get
comfortable?
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annoying.
You’ll never find a perfect church; you’ll never find a perfect group
people—even
Christians!
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There is a difference between comfort and being comfortable. When we get too comfortof influence.
able, we can lose our zeal for God and become useless to him.
PROMISE FROM GOD
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ancestors.”
(See note on page 321.)
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Willcommon
God really
take time
to involve
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problems?
the things that really matter, encouragement to stay strong in the face of temptation and
SA I A H 4 0 : 1 1 | He will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms.
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and unique wisdom to deal with problems.
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ROMAN Severy
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PROMISES FROM GOD
but I do it anyway.
if I do of
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want
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gate
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and brought
it back
to David.
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Discipline;
Lust;
Motives;
Self-Control;
Sexuality;
26:36| Addiction;
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Jesus
went
with
them
to
olive grove
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A loyal person
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sacrifices
forthe
friends.
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Vulnerability
and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” . . . He told them, “My soul is crushed
• P ROV ERBS 17:17 | A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of
with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” He went on a little
All ofneed.
us are created with a capacity to desire. Desire can be healthy or unhealthy, godly
farther and
bowed
with his face
to the
ground,
praying, simple,
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it is possible, let this
or ungodly,
casual
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desire
something
like aIf home-cooked
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doesn’t
abandon
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when things
tough.
cup
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deeply.
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fear.best for our families and friends, to hunger
Commitment to follow God requires a decision of the mind followed by an act of the will.
to share
with others,
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you neglect
the Lord
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The
you
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• heart.
blessings.
• JEREMIAH 8:18 | My grief is beyond healing; my heart is broken.
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