2 Corinthians 1:8-11
8 For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life;
9 indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead;
10 who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us,
11 you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many.
Three common Christian responses to severe affliction so you know what to expect in the midst of the trial.
I. Severe affliction will often
you temporal despair vv. 8-9a
II. Severe affliction should
you to trust in God rather than yourself vv. 9b-10
III. Severe affliction leads you to
on fellow Christians to pray vs. 11